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“I am Donna's friend here in Florida. So glad Donna was able to have quality time with her Mom at home. Prayers to all the family for peace and...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Gwen Cook - NH

“I am so sorry for your loss. May Phyllis rest peacefully in the heavens above. Peace and Love. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Patricia L. Gorski - New York, NY

“I was so very sorry to hear of your family's loss. Your mother was such a part of my growing up years - I saw her as the quiet counterpart to your...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Vicki Lukas - Exeter, NH

“To the Dionne Family, I was very sorry to hear about your mom. Having just lost my mom, I know what you are all going through. I know my mom had...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jo Anne Mantegani Murphy - Exeter, NH

“To all of you, I am so sorry for your moms passing. She is in a peacefull place with Ocsar, and Tommy whereever your heart believes them to be. I so...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: ronnalee - NH

“Dear Lois, David and Family, So very sorry for your loss. I am sure you will hold on to many beautiful memories. She has gone home....With love,...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Thomas Mason - Hampton, NH

“Phyllis Anne & the Dionne family, so sorry to hear of your moms passing, she is now with your dad and in a better place. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Gerry (Morel) West - Epping, NH

“Dear Dionne Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have wonderful memories of you all. I loved going home with Donna after school and...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Sandie (Tebo) Hembree - Gilbert, AZ

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I remember Phyllis's sweet smile when I would see her at Issa's and Susan's. God bless you all ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Jaad Ajlouny - Benicis, CA

“I will miss my wonderful godmother. She was such a sweet lady and I have so many nice memories of her. She was a great cribbage player and Ronnie...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Beverly and Ron Cole - Candia, NH

“May God rest her soul and may she rest with the Just reposed. We love you Susan. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Peter & Michele Harb - Birmingham, AL

“Donna and family: Our prayers are with you. May the Lord fill you with His presence and give you His peace and grace during this time. Hugs to all of...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Emilia Neudorff - West Hills, CA

“I have so many great memories of Grammy but I think my favorite memories are the ones I have been able to share with my son and her Great Grandson...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Rochelle Calhoun - Phoenix, AZ

“We are so sorry for your loss.Your mom was a wonderful person and she will be missed..Our thoughts and prayers are with you .. Sincerely, Robin &...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: robin barbin - exeter, NH


Phyllis Rita (Bencivenga) Dionne died in Inverness , FL on February 27, 2012 at the age of 94 at the home of her daughter. She was born February 19, 1918 to the late Leone and Assunta (Dell' Ova) Bencivenga in Lawrence , MA . She attended Lawrence schools as well as fashion designing school in Boston . Mrs. Dionne lived in Exeter , NH until recently moving to Florida to live with her daughter. She worked at the Exeter Hospital as a switchboard operator and Philips Exeter Academy . She was a communicant of St. Michael's Church in Exeter and belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. Family members include five daughters, Phyllis Ann Houghton (Ron), Donna Haendiges (Michael), Lois Lilienthal (David), Joan Dionne (Paul Durante), Susan Ajlouny (Issa), one son, John Dionne (Kim), 28 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Dionne was predeceased by her husband of 58 years Oscar Dionne who died in 2004, son Thomas Dionne, son-in-law Thomas Gorski, Sr, twin grandchildren Karee and Kaydee Dionne as well as her siblings Yolanda (Yola) Caliento, Joseph Bencivenga, Edward Bencivenga and Mafalda (Muffy) Johnson. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 4-8 PM at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10 AM at St. Michaels Church, located on the corner of Front St. and Lincoln St., Exeter, NH. Burial will be in St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence, MA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County/Hospice of the Nature Coast , 326 S. Line Ave , Inverness , FL 34452 or Rockingham VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Rd., Exeter, NH 03833.

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