Paul Dionise

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.

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Rita Bauman
October 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Our deepest sympathies are with all of you at this time.Our love and prayers are with all of you. Paul was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Rita and Theresa and family.

Ron and Sandy Middaugh
October 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

To the entire Dionise family, we wish we were in Michigan to be there in support of you and to honor Paul’s memory. He was always a very kind and caring man, whose thoughtfulness I will always remember. May the angels carry him to the paradise he deserves. God bless you all.

Dennis Shaw
October 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

Joe, carol and the rest of the family, loved your father he was a good man and a friend to all LPD. Always love stopping to talk to him be it at the store or at home. My prayers are with you. God bless

Sue Goodman
October 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Joe Dionise, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. I pray that all your wonderful memories will bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time. I only met him once, but had heard so many great things about him from Dr. Spagnuolo, that I felt I had known him forever. With Sincere Sympathy Sue Goodman

Steve Luciano
October 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

My thoughts and prayers to Joe, Rosie, and the entire Dionise family. I truly enjoyed all the dinners, discussions, and advice with Paul. He was a kind and generous man and I’m glad to have known him.

Steve Luciano

Joe and JoAnne Seminaroti
October 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Our deepest condolences are with you at this time. Your family remains in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike & Elaine Mezzano
October 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

Good morning,
We wish to express our sorrow for the your loss of Paul. All of the LPD family have many memories of his kindness, help, & advice over the years.
I met the family when I walked the beat in 75. All of you made sure I had hot coffee and a place to keep warm. Many years have pasted since then. Still not sure where it went.
Joe, I glad you made it successfully to retirement. I’m sure you enjoy it as much as Elaine & I.
We will included you all in our prayers.
Take care,
Mike & Elaine

Amy Filice Vallier
October 23, 2013 at 8:23 am

Virginia, Carol and Joe & family: Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Frank Filice and Amy Filice Vallier & Rick Vallier

Evie Huff Maki
October 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

Viginia, Carol, and Joe… sorry to hear about your Dad. I have so many wonderful memories of your family. He will be missed. Your in my heart and thoughts….Evie

Kim Halverson
October 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

Joe and family,
I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Memories of Paul take me back to my early days at LPD. I still can’t believe how long ago that was! He was kind and always supportive of your LPD family. We were drawn to him as well. All you had to do was mention Paul was stopping by the precinct and we’d practically be lined up to see him! Know that your dad was admired and loved. I know how close you were to your dad and how difficult this time must be for you. My thoughts and prayers go to out to you and your family.

Paul Dionise
October 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

To Joe and family…

We are very sorry for your loss. Sharing the same name as your father certainly gave us lots to talk about and made your father and I very close over the years. God bless..

Paul Dionise
Mario’s Market

DeWitt Pharmacy
October 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Sending our thoughts and prayers. The staff from the DeWitt Pharmacy – Patty, Desiree, Kim, Lucille, Joan and Camille.

Linda & Woody Wright
October 27, 2013 at 2:35 am

Many good memories of your father. LPD was family to him. We are honored to have known him. Stay strong in these hard times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love always Linda & Woody

Tony and Nancy Genco
October 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm

We are so very sorry for your family’s loss. I remember often times when we lived on Orchard Street how my Father would walk to Paul’s store to visit with him in the evenings. We were very fond of Paul and please know that you all are in our prayers at this difficult time.

Tony and Nancy Genco & Family


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