Norma A. Dionne, 89, of River Street in Jaffrey died Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Good Shepherd Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a period of failing health.
She was born on May 23, 1926 in Peterborough, NH, daughter of the late Peter and Pauline (Toneri) Stanghellini. She was a 1944 graduate of the former Peterborough High School and had been a resident of Jaffrey since 1951.
She had worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at the American Guernsey Cattle Club and at New Hampshire Ball Bearing before becoming secretary to the Director of Instructions in the Jaffrey-Rindge School District, from which she eventually retired.
Mrs. Dionne was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Jaffrey and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Jaffrey Memorial Post #5613 VFW.
She enjoyed the warmth and comfort of her home while knitting, reading and solving word searches. Her greatest love was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She married Fernando R. Dionne on April 12, 1947. He preceded her in death on February 28, 2005. Her brother David Stanghellini also died earlier.
Mrs. Dionne is survived by her 2 daughters, Linda Dionne of Keene, NH and Rebecca Dionne-Chila and her husband Anthony of Jaffrey, NH; her 2 sons, Peter Dionne and his wife Sandi of Murrells Inlet, SC and Michael Dionne and his wife Linda of Jaffrey, NH; her 9 Grandchildren, Troy Santymire and his wife Allison, Robb Santymire and his wife Rachel, Christopher Dionne and his wife Rebecca, Nicholas Dionne and his wife Stephanie, Stephanie Lafrennie and her husband Chad, Rachael Lovett and her husband Rory, Gregory Dionne, Robert Dionne, and Jeremy Dionne and his wife Kayla; her 15 Great-Grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:00AM at St. Patrick Church, 89 Main Street, Jaffrey. Rev. Wilfred Deschamps, Pastor will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in the family lot in Upper Pine Hill Cemetery in Peterborough.
Family and friends are warmly invited to calling hours on Monday, February 29, 2016 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River Street, Jaffrey.
ln lieu of ﬂowers memorial contributions may be made to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446.