Alyssa R. Dion

February 8, 2006

Alyssa R. Dion

Dion – in Reading, formerly of Woburn, Wednesday , February 8th, Alyssa R., eighteen years of age, beloved daughter of Steven M. Dion of Reading and Denise A. (Oddo) Baker and her husband Rick N. Baker of Wilmington. Loving sister of Derek M., Taylor E. and Michele A. Dion, all of Reading and stepsister of Zachary E., Joshua N. and Samuel C. Baker, all of Woburn. Cherished granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Dion of Burlington and Bernadette Oddo of Woburn. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, February 13th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Alyssa’s memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N. Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760.


Alyssa R. Dion of Reading, formerly of Woburn, passed away on Wednesday evening, February 8th, at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Eighteen years of age, Alyssa, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth, was the beloved daughter of Steven M. Dion and Denise A. (Oddo) Baker. Born in Winchester, Alyssa attended the Reeves Elementary School on the West Side of Woburn, until the fourth grade when her family relocated to Reading. She then attended the Killam Elementary School and the Parker Middle School. Alyssa went on to Reading Memorial High School where she was in her Senior year of studies. Up until last year, she was a member of the Reading Memorial High School Girls Soccer and Lacrosse Teams. Additionally, Alyssa volunteered at the Coolidge Middle School assisting younger students with their homework assignments and other projects. She was also a member of the Miscellanious Club, which Alyssa and a few fellow classmates founded as a means to volunteer for various charitable programs and events such as The Special Olympics Program in the City of Newton.

Alyssa loved music, dancing and ice skating, but most importantly she cherished spending time with her family. She looked forward to their vacation each summer and together they traveled to Disney World in FL. Two years ago the Make A Wish Foundation made it possible for Alyssa and her family to travel to Hawaii which was her lifelong dream.

Alyssa was a fun-loving, courageous young woman who did not let her illness prevent her reaching out to others. She touched many lives and shared her talents, her zest for life and laughter with those she loved and beyond.

Alyssa was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Philip Oddo.

She is survived by her parents, Steven M. Dion of Reading and Denise A. (Oddo) Baker and her husband Rick N. Baker of Wilmington, her brother and sisters, Derek M., Taylor E. and Michele A. Dion, all of Reading and stepbrothers,Zachary E., Joshua N. and Samuel C. Baker, all of Woburn, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Dion of Burlington and Bernadette Oddo of Woburn. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, February 13th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Alyssa’s memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N. Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760.


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  1. I miss you so much Alyssa. Talking about you today made me so upset. I need my older sister back. I need my sexy mama back. I need someone to listen to Jesse McCarty with , and I need someone to play games and go for walks with me. You were the older sister that I never had. I love you so much Alyssa. Give grandma and grandpa hugs and kisses for me! Xoxo – kayli

  2. Alyssa,
    Just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday. Hope you enjoy your day with Grandma and Grandpa!! Love and miss you so much. Love Auntie Donna

  3. Everyday that goes by it gets harder and harder, i dont know how everyone has been able to be so happy. i wish you were here so bad, i miss you with all of my heart.. i was thhinking about you yesterday and i started crying. I’m sorry i couldnt save you, you know that if i could i really would have. i love you more than anything in this world .. please come home.
    Love, Michele.

  4. Alyssa,
    Hey, hows it going? I dont really know what to say because i have never done this. But i miss you so much and need you back. You dont know what you did to us all when you left. i will forever remember our wonderful memories and soon we will all be happy up there with me a spot, okay? You will always be my sister, my best friend, and in my heart.


  5. Alyssa,
    We all miss you so much, it will never be the same without you here. Youve left everyone with so many good memories that we will cherish forever. Grammys house will always seem just too quiet without you there. We will always remember the way you used to sing and dance around everywhere. and when me you and rach used to play video games. i love you and miss you, but i know your watching down on us all.


  6. Denise and family,

    I was so saddened when I heard about Alyssa’s passing. She was always so sweet to me every time I was able to be around her. I hope you are able to find strength during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and in my heart.

    Lindsey Marks

  7. Lyss,
    I want you to know how much I love you. I will never ever forget all the great memories we shared. You were the big sister Kayli never had. You were such a huge part of this family and we will forever miss you. Our lives will never be the same without you. I know your in good hands and safe as can be with Grandpa and cant wait to see you again someday. You were the only person I knew who was not afraid to eat the last piece of chocolate pudding pie and you were the only one who could get away with it. I am so proud to be able to say you are my niece. I love you with all my heart sweet baby. Love Uncle Phil

  8. the dions

    i am so sorry to hear about the lose of alyssa. i will miss her i remember watching her and sisters at the hockey rink while my brother robbie and derek played hockey together then going out to breakfast. so will be missed bye everyone that loved her.

    she is in a good place watching down on everyone and my dad boo will watch over her.

    if you guys need anything you know where i live im always here for you and i will miss her

    love always
    keri johnson if derek and taylor or michelle want to write to me

    i love you guys

  9. A Blizzard Alyssa??? Really, now that was not very nice – as your mother would say “Aaaalyssa” We miss you so much sweetheart, we love you forever.
    Love Uncle Tom, Auntie Terry, Rachel & Brett xoxo

  10. I had the privilege of taking care of Alyssa at home as part of her daily battle with C.F. She was much more to me than my patient, she became a part of my family. I want to thank Alyssa and her family for giving me the honor of knowing and caring for such a special person. She will truly be missed. Alyssa,you will always be in my heart.
    Laura Maglio

  11. Denise,
    We wish to extend our Deepest Sympathy to you and your husband on the loss of your daughter Alyssa. We know she will always be with you both in your hearts and memories as well as spiritually.
    Amanda,Taryn,Colleen & Kevin

  12. Craigan Usher

    As one of Alyssa’s doctors over the past few months, I can attest to the fact that Alyssa’s smiles, jokes, and sincerity warmed the hearts of everyone who took part in her care. Alyssa will be missed and remembered by many. I wish her family peace and understanding during the days and weeks ahead.


  13. Steve, Denise & families,
    Words cannot express how sorry we are about Alyssa’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Kelly & Mary Larson

  14. Dion & Oddo family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this terrible time. We remember Alyssa as a beautiful, happy child, and am sure she stayed that way throughout her life. The loss of a child is unbearable and we pray for you every day.

  15. Denise and Steven,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your families. We will always remember Alyssa as a bright and beautiful girl (inside and out) with an incredible outlook on life. God bless.
    Donna and Larry Testa

  16. Adrien, Jo-Anne, Cheryl and Marc Lemenager

    Denise and family – We are very sorry for your loss. Alyssa was a beautiful, sweet person. She will be deeply missed. May God comfort all of you in your time of sorrow.

  17. Joey,Shawna,Kathi and Dave,
    We know how much your all hurting at this time and wish there was something we could do to take that pain away! However, if there is anything we can do for any of you – PLEASE don’t hesitate to let us know!! Always Remember that although Alyssa has gone on to a better place, she will still be with you all, not only spiritually, but also in your hearts and so many WONDERFUL MEMORIES that can never be taken away from you!!!
    Taryn, Amanda, Colleen & Kevin

    Kathi & Dave there are no words to express how sorry we all are that the weather permitted us from attending todays’ service.

  18. Pauline and Jim,
    Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your Alyssa. We know that your loving family and strong faith will help get you through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.
    Amanda, Taryn, Colleen & Kevin

  19. Steven, Derek, Taylor and Michele,
    There are no words that could ever express how heartbroken we are for each one of you. Although Alyssa is no longer with you physically, we know that she will ALWAYS BE WITH YOU SPIRITUALLY as your family posesses such a unique bond and LOVE for one another.
    You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
    Amanda, Taryn, Colleen & Kevin

    We are so sorry that we were unable to attend todays’ service due to the inclement weather.

  20. Alyssa-
    May you rest in peace my friend. You were so much fun, and I’ll cherish everytime you made fun of Mr.Nelson in math last year and stuck up for me, haha. I’m gonna miss you in the nurse’s office with me! Stop in and visit sometime, ok? I’m gonna miss you. You are an amazing person.

    Stay strong derek, taylor, michele and mister and misses dion

    ~Andy and Mandy Donohue

  21. The Dion Family,

    I am very sorry for your loss. Alyssa was such a good person and was always so positive about everything. She will be greatly missed. Keep your heads up.

  22. Fred Harrison

    For Alyssa’s family.
    As Alyssa’s Latin teacher for the past few months, I came to see what a wonderful person you have raised. We all will miss her. With my most sincere sympathy.

    Fred Harrison

  23. Wendy,Bryan,Chris,and Bill

    Denise and Famly

    I have many mermories from the beach with our kids and I had the extreme honor of working with Alyssa. She grew into a beautiful youg lady. our thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids. She will be forever missed.

  24. Death leaves a heartache
    no one can heal
    Love leaves a memory
    no one can steal
    Alyssa you will remain
    in our hearts and memories
    Love: Debbie, Gary & Vanessa

  25. To Alyssa’s loved ones,we send you our deepest sympathy.She was a beautiful girl who left a lasting impression on us and all who met her.We will keep her warm smile close to our hearts forever.God Bless. With Love and Deepest Sympathy,Anthony and Valerie Nogueira

  26. On behalf of all of us who knew Alyssa first at New England Medical Center and then at the Massachusetts General Hospital, I want to thank Alyssa and her family for allowing us the privilege of caring for her. Alyssa’s final battle was carried out with courage and determination in the face of an overwhelming illness. Though not in time for Alyssa, the day will come when we have the tools to defeat this terrible disease. Hank Dorkin

  27. The Dion family,

    We are deeply saddened with the passing of Alyssa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    The Geraghtys

  28. Cathy,
    I had the great pleasure of working with Alyssa at Coolidge Middle School, Homework Hangout. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  29. alyssa u will never be forgotten you were a beautiful young lady
    were all going to miss you
    love the Lareaux family

  30. You were blessed with an angel on earth who showed us how to live with grace and joy. I remember when she was first born and visiting her in the floating. She was determined to live then and lived with determination and a bright smile that was contagious. As Chris says – she was a character. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  31. Alyssa, everyday between 1:30 and 2 o’clock I sit on dads sofa waiting for you to return from school. I love you and miss you so very much. Your best fried. Picante

  32. Although I haven’t seen Alyssa in many years, I think of her often. She touched many people in the Special Care Nursery at the Floating and I have never forgotten her or her family. I know that she was a very special person.
    Eileen K RN

  33. Shawna and Joey
    Lyss, we love you and miss you so much! You left us too soon! thank you for so many happy, fun memories of times together with you that we will keep in our hearts forever!

    Keep Dancing,
    we love you Alyssa, always and forever!
    Shawna and Joey
    Uncle Dave and Auntie Kathi

  34. Alyssa,
    I want you to know how much you meant to everyone. You will be missed so much by EVERYONE. You will always hold a very special place in my heart. I love you very much. I know that you are in the best hands up in heaven with grandpa.

  35. Uncle Phil, Auntie Dawne, Philip, Kayli, Anthony & Grandma

    Lyssie our sweet angel, we miss your sweet face already. You brought so many wonderful memories to us. You are in good hands now with grandpa. Rest in peace baby, and know that you will always be in our hearts…
    Love you

  36. The Rose family
    We will never understand why tragedies like your loss happen, but please know that our prayers and thoughts are for you and your family.

    Ed, Donna, Matt, and Colin Rose

  37. Lyssie Baby,
    Oh how I miss you so. I miss your jokes and your smile. I miss you being in Grammy’s kitchen, but most of all I miss hearing your voice. I carry you with me in my heart everday, everywhere I go and I never let you out of my sight or thoughts. Not only are you my loving cousin, but you are one of my best friends and you will stay that way forever. I keep a picture of you with me at all times just to remind me of the brave, courageous, gorgeous person you are and the person I should strive to be like. I admire you so much and I love you more than you or anyone else could ever know. We started out together and ended together and I can’t wait to see your beautiful angel face again someday. In the meantime…keep our whole family knowing you are really close to us by giving us signs of your angelic presence. I will ALWAYS love and remember you…miss you Lyssie Baby.

    All My Love,

  38. Denise,The last time I saw Alyssa she was this little girl.That is a beautiful picture of her.I remember her always so positive and happy. I am so sorry.I wish you and the kids all the best.
    Rich Aboott

  39. Denise,
    Sorry to hear the news of Alyssa’s passing. I’m thinking of you and hoping you find moments of peace in this sorrowful time.I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mary-Eileen D’Angelo

  40. Alyssa

    We will all miss your smile and zest for life. You give us all a lot to think about as we go through our every days life and to take your example to live life to the fullest just as you have.
    Love always cousin
    and Buster

  41. Alyssa,
    Thank you for letting me into your life. I will cherish the memories that we shared, as you will always have a special place in my heart.

  42. Amy and Sean Bryson.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you every moment.
    We are so deeply saddened by the loss of beautiful Alyssa, and We hope that all of You find stregth within each other, to provide comfort for one another, to carry you through this most difficult time.
    words can say enough…..
    We Love You.

  43. Shannon Fracchia

    I had the priviledge to be one of Alyssa’s doctors during this past year. She was sweet,warm, and loving, and I am comforted to know that she is looking after all of us now.
    I wish peace and strength for her family during this time.

    Much love, Shannon

  44. Michelle and Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and are in our prayers. We are hear Michelle if you need anything at all.

    The Scali Family

  45. The Lynch Family

    All –

    Please know that in your time of sorrow & pain that you are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

  46. Alyssa,

    You have touched all of our lives and brightened each and every day in school. You are always loved and will be forever in our hearts. School just isn’t the same without you. We hope you’re in a better place now. May the angels guide you..

    To the Dion Family-We are sorry for your loss. Keep your heads up and stay strong

    With love and sympathy,
    The Class of 2006, RMHS

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