Dianne W. Lyonnais

February 7, 1946October 25, 2012

Dianne W. Lyonnais, age 66, passed away, Thursday, October 25, 2012 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Robert Lyonnais.

Born and raised in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Walter P. Wesoly and Mary (Izdebski) Wesoly, she resided in Fairhaven for 41 years before moving back to New Bedford. She was a 1963 graduate of New Bedford High School and a 1972 graduate of SMU. She worked as a teacher of mathematics at the Elizabeth Hastings Middle School for 26 years until her retirement in 1998.

Dianne was an avid tennis player and a best friend to Wendy Rocha, Janet Robert, Charleen Lavalette, Nancy Parent and Charlotte Coutinho, as well as many others of WCTA. She especially enjoyed being with her retired teacher friends, namely Mary Jo Ahlander, Carol Moniz, Marilyn Goss and the many others, too many to name. Throughout her battle with cancer she always provided us with the broadest and most pleasant smile imaginable by which to remember her.

Survivors in addition to her husband are her children Suzanne Sumner of New Bedford; Robert W. Lyonnais and his wife Helen of Belgium; a sister, Connie Weaver and her husband Tobey of North Carolina and 6 grandchildren, Amanda, Brooke and Cayte Lyonnais, Mark and Erik Desrosiers and Ryan Couitt. She was the mother of the late Stephen Lyonnais.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9 am at St Mary’s Church, 440 Main Street Fairhaven, MA. Family and friends are asked to meet directly at the church.Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the ROCK Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA.



  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 3, 2012


  • Visiting Hours Omitted, Burial

Dianne W. Lyonnais

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Richard Leary

May 22, 2013

I just learned of Dianne's passing. My deepest condolences to her husband Bob and all her family and friends. I knew Dianne and Bob from playing tennis at the Buttonwood Park courts. She was always unfailingly cheerful and nice to me, and everyone. I will miss her.

Alex Pavao

November 3, 2012

Our deepest condolences to the Lyonnais Family for the loss of Dianne who lost her battle with cancer but, won the game of life. Gone at 66, to be remembered forever. Alex & Irys Pavao

Beth Morris

November 2, 2012

Dear Bob and Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences on Dianne's passing. I knew Dianne through a mutual friend, Don Veronneau when I lived in Hallendale, Fl. She is now at Peace with the Lord. May God Bless you, your family and dear friends of Dianne.

Beth Morris