M. “Betty” Dionne
Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Babin)
Dionne, a lifelong resident of Malden, passed away on Friday,
June 28, after a brief illness. Betty was born in Malden in
1938, the daughter of Gorden and Marie Babin. She was raised
and educated in Malden. Soon after completing her education,
she married her sweetheart, Joseph Lombardi. They settled down
together in Malden to raise their family. They spent many
wonderful years together until Joe’s untimely passing in 1984.
Betty later found love and companionship with Ernest T. Dionne,
and the two were married until Ernest passed in 2010.
Betty was an avid baseball
fan and loved to watch the Red Sox. She also had enjoyed
knitting and crocheting, and would make her family doilies,
mittens and the occasional scarf. She was also and active
volunteer of the Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps when her
She is survived by her
children Michelle J. Lombardi of Malden, Donna M. Lombardi and
companion Bryan Straccia of Malden, Dennis J. Lombardi and wife
April of Malden, and Joseph P. Lombardi Jr and wife
Nancy of Hanover, her sister Lois Barnes of Maine, her
grandchildren who lovingly called her “Nana Choo Choo” James,
Dennis, Ashley and husband Mario, Michael, Derrick, Monica,
Emily, Julianne, Casey, Michael, Jamie, and Ryan, and her great
Betty was preceded in death
by her first husband, Joseph P. Lombardi Sr, her second husband
Ernest T. Dionne, her son Gordon A. Lombardi, her brother
Richard Babin, and her sister, Dianne Shortsleeves.
Funeral sevices will be held
at the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St,
Malden, on Monday ,July 1st, at 10 AM. Interment to
follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at
the funeral home on Sunday, June 30th, from 4- 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donation
to: Make a Wish Foundation, 181 Park Ave, Suite `12, W.
Springfield, MA 01089.