Clair Gene Dionne Sr., 76

Clair Gene Dionne Sr., 76, died peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with leukemia on Thursday March 4, 2010.

He was born in Milwaukee on July 12, 1933, the son of Emmanuel and Dorothy Grahm Dionne. On Nov. 3, 1951, he married Phyllis Westcott. They settled in Barton where they raised their family. They then moved to New Fane where they operated a foster home for boys. They retired to Florida in 1990, where he started a soup kitchen.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his seven children, Clair Dionne Jr. of Porterfield, Doreen Dionne of Campbellsport, Sally (Richard) Wellner of Jefferson, Barry Dionne of West Bend, Judy (Richard) Haendel of Eden, Jeanene (Gregory) Lang of Campbellsport and James (Jennifer) Dionne of West Bend; his foster children, Scott Turnmeyer, Dennis Krief, Tom Abitz, Jeff Manski, Joe and Jeff Petterman plus numerous children who were placed in their home for short durations of time; 19 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; his sister, Joanne Cacchione; and his brother, William Dionne.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Virginia, Violet and Beverly.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, March 7, at 4 p.m. at the 5th Ave Methodist Church, 323 S. 5th Ave., West Bend. The Rev. Janis Best will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 p.m. until time of services at the church.

The Twohig Funeral Home Campbellsport is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences at