Age 89, of Lansing, MI, passed away October 21, 2013. Paul was born November 26, 1923 in St. Ippolito, Italy to Virginia DeRose Dionise and Sam Dionise. In 1937 he came to America with his mother and brother Pat and settled in Stanton, MI. They eventually moved to Lansing and owned and operated the Dionise Party Store on E. Michigan Ave. for 37 years. In 1951 he married Evelyn DeRose who preceded him in death in 1984 after more than 33 years of marriage. Paul was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection for over 60 years, the Italian-American Club, and the Lansing Aerie #1039 F.O.E.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and many special uncles, aunts and cousins. Surviving are his children, Virginia (Chuck) DeLuca, Carol (Ron Kinney) Dionise, Joe (Rosie) Dionise; grandchildren, Pat (Laurie) DeLuca, Maria Dionise and Paul Dionise; great-grandchildren, Charlie, Matthew and Nicole DeLuca; sister-in-law, Barbara Dionise; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty and Wayne Miller; plus many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A special thank you to Dr. Lopez and his wonderful staff and to Eaton Community Palliative Care Director Margaret Kyser and her wonderful staff for their exceptional and loving care they gave to our dad. The family would also like to thank everyone for all of the visits, prayers, food, cards and phone calls to Paul.
Pallbearers are Pat DeLuca, Paul Dionise, Charlie DeLuca, Mike Dionise, Anthony Spagnuolo and Tony Spagnuolo. Honorary pallbearers are The Monday Night Guys.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at the Church of the Resurrection, 1505 E. Michigan Ave. with Fr. William Turner and Fr. Steve Mattson as con-celebrants. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the Mass time on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, it would be appreciated if donations were made to Eaton Community Palliative Care in memory of Paul.