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Irene L. (Lamirande) Dion

April 24, 1925 ~ July 4, 2018 (age 93)

Irene L. Dion, 93, of The Inn at Atlantic Heights, formerly of Biddeford, died Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Southern Maine Health Care, in Biddeford.  She was born April 24, 1925 in Biddeford a daughter of Alfred and Rose (Ross) Lamirande and was educated locally.


On November 6, 1946, she married Robert F. Dion at St. Joseph’s Church.


She had worked as a sales clerk in specialty shops, including The Children’s Shop and JoAnn’s Dress Shop, as well as at various Maine Mall stores before retiring in 1985.


Irene enjoyed crafts, knitting, crocheting, oil painting, ceramics, traveling, and playing cards with special friends.  She was an avid reader who inspired her children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren to all become readers by providing them with lots of special time on her lap with a good book.  As a woman of great faith, she became a Eucharistic Minister at the assisted living facility where she led a weekly communion service followed by pushing her walker to deliver communion to Seal Rock Rehab and Nursing Home Catholics.  She also was instrumental in getting a monthly Mass said for the residents at The Inn and setting it up for services with her friends.


She was pre-deceased by Robert, her husband of 58 years, on June 21, 2003.  Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Georgette Gomes and Theresa Bergeron.


Irene is survived by:

          2 sons:         Roger E. Dion of Bath

                               Michael G. Dion and his wife Donna of Biddeford

          1 daughter:   Roberta A. Ruel and her husband Roger of Lyman


3 grandchildren:

          Gary Dion-Bernier, his wife Michelle and their children, Makayla and Dylan

          Jennifer Lang, her husband Robert and their daughters Kassidy and Kellsie

          Alison Herald, her husband Jonathan and their children Abigail, Joshua and Benjamin


Visiting Hours will 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12th at St. Joseph’s Church in Biddeford.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  If so desired, donations in Irene’s memory may be made to:  St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN, 38101-9908.  To share condolences online, please visit

Donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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