OBITUARY

Diane A. Brodo

December 13, 1944December 25, 2018
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Diane A. (Bessette) Brodo, a fledgling snow-bird of Dartmouth, MA passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2018 in Leesburg Medical Center after suddenly falling ill. She was the long loved wife to the late Stephen S. Brodo, Jr. to whom she was happily married for 45 years. Diane retired to Fruitland Park, FL in 2017 when she remarried and was last known as Diane A. (Bessette) Brodo-Simpson.

Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Leonel J. and Aurore M. (Arsenault) Bessett, she was a longtime south coast resident. She attended high school in New Bedford and received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from SMU. She was employed by the State of MA as a social worker for the Dept of Social Services for 10+ years having profound impact on the lives of those she served.

Diane loved gathering her family and friends together, particularly during the holidays and family events. She especially loved her grandchildren and is lovingly referred to as Grandma or Memere. As a deaconess at the Dartmouth Baptist Church she also touched the lives of many.

She is survived by three daughters; Suzanne Lewis & husband Robert of NB, Christine Sameiro of Dartmouth, Sandra DeBiasse and her husband David of WI, two sons; Stephen S. Brodo III & his wife Erica of Mattapoisett, Matthew Brodo and his wife Marianne of Fairhaven, two sisters; Doris Phillips of MI and Lea Gregoire of Fairhaven, one brother; Dennis Bessette of FL; nine grandchildren, one great-grandson and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Lorraine LaBlanc, Donald, James, Robert and Francis Bessette.

Diane’s visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Road, S. Dartmouth, MA 02748. Funeral services to be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11:00AM at the Sacred Heart Cemetery Chapel, 559 Mt. Pleasant Street, New Bedford, 02746. Relatives and friends are invited. To leave a note of condolence: www.waring-sullivan.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, January 3, 2019
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Diane A. Brodo

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The Darling Family

January 5, 2019

We never truly lose the ones we love . . . we feel their warmth in the rays of the sun, we see their smiles in the twinkling stars and we feel their touch in the brush of a breeze. May you be comforted by the beautiful memories that will always be in your thoughts, and the special love that will always be in your heart. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.

Julie Girard Marchetti

January 4, 2019

My sympathy to Dianes' family and friends. She was very helpful to me, sharing all her genealogy pictures & info. We enjoyed many laughs, figuring out how we were related, she was so sweet, she will be missed.

larry paquette

December 31, 2018

My sincere sympathy to the family of Diane. I was her supervisor at DCF the last few years before she retired. She was a loving caring professional who cared for the children in her case management. She was a team player and always tried to support her fellow workers when she could.
The staff enjoyed her sense of humor which made the working environment pleasant for everyone who had contact with her.
She was very proud of her children and family members where I am sure her caring spirit caries on.

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Biography

Diane A. (Bessette) Brodo, a fledgling snow-bird of Dartmouth, MA passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2018 in Leesburg Medical Center after suddenly falling ill. She was the long loved wife to the late Stephen S. Brodo, Jr. to whom she was happily married for 45 years. Diane retired to Fruitland Park, FL in 2017 when she remarried and was last known as Diane A. (Bessette) Brodo-Simpson.

Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Leonel J. and Aurore M. (Arsenault) Bessett, she was a longtime south coast resident. She attended high school in New Bedford and received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from SMU. She was employed by the State of MA as a social worker for the Dept of Social Services for 10+ years having profound impact on the lives of those she served.

Diane loved gathering her family and friends together, particularly during the holidays and family events. She especially loved her grandchildren and is lovingly referred to as Grandma or Memere. As a deaconess at the Dartmouth Baptist Church she also touched the lives of many.

She is survived by three daughters; Suzanne Lewis & husband Robert of NB, Christine Sameiro of Dartmouth, Sandra DeBiasse and her husband David of WI, two sons; Stephen S. Brodo III & his wife Erica of Mattapoisett, Matthew Brodo and his wife Marianne of Fairhaven, two sisters; Doris Phillips of MI and Lea Gregoire of Fairhaven, one brother; Dennis Bessette of FL; nine grandchildren, one great-grandson and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Lorraine LaBlanc, Donald, James, Robert and Francis Bessette.

Diane’s visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Road, S. Dartmouth, MA 02748. Funeral services to be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11:00AM at the Sacred Heart Cemetery Chapel, 559 Mt. Pleasant Street, New Bedford, 02746. Relatives and friends are invited. To leave a note of condolence: www.waring-sullivan.com