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Deborah C. (Dionne) Kane

Deborah C. (Dionne) Kane, 61, longtime of resident on Crowninshield Street, Peabody, and formerly of Ipswich, died Monday, December 14, 2015 in Salem Hospital following her brief illness.

Born in Salem June 13, 1954 daughter of Dorothy C. (Beres) Dionne of Ipswich and the late Louis B. Dionne formerly of Ipswich. She was raised in Ipswich; a 1972 graduate of Ipswich High School.  To all that remember her, "Deb" was a pistol!  She never sat still; like an Energizer bunny.  She was a lioness that protected her loved ones with a no nonsense fire that could not be denied.

Shortly after high school Deb completed hairdressing school at Essex Aggie.  Later she joined the United States Air Force on July 25, 1975.  She served her country honorably as a mechanic (I know right!?) in 42 TRANSAQ (SAC) until March 31, 1978 last serving as an Airman First Class at Loring AFB in Maine.

After her honorable discharge she settled in Cleveland, OH to with fellow USAF veteran and soon to be husband Lorenzo D. Kane with a child on the way.  On December 30, 1978 she would bear her first and only child Lorenzo Erik Kane.

Following her time in Cleveland she would relocate with her son "Erik" to Ipswich, in late 1982 as a single mom.  Debs greatest legacy will be her unconditional love for her family, especially her son.  Her work ethic in life could never be challenged or matched.  She was a house cleaner, a bartender, a babysitter, a waitress, a bank teller, a volunteer, a church usher; often three of these at the same time!  She NEVER gave less than 100% at anything she did.  All while being an INCREDIBLE full time single mom; where she gave 1000%!  Some how she still attended every game, practice, and concert Erik was a part of.  She gave Erik the most amazing life, full of memories together to cherish.  Her son was her greatest source of love, focus, drive, and pride.  And he felt it pour over him every single day, and will continue to do so.

In 1994 she and her son relocated to Peabody, where she would spend the rest of her days.  Deb had that "spark".  Everyone loved her.  She was always SO MUCH FUN and had an incredible talent with children.  She had that glint in her eyes when she smiled that could lighten the darkest room, or give peace to the darkest soul.  Deb constantly gave of herself selflessly until the day she passed.  She never discriminated with her gift of giving.  All were welcome.  Whether it was an ear, shoulder, money, food, or a cut and color; she always helped those in need and would give what little she had.  When she hosted or went to a party she could never sit.  She would never rest until everyone was taken care of and comfortable.  Through all of her giving, she never asked for anything in return.

Wherever she worked she was the customer favorite.  Everyone seemed to appreciate what a straight shooter she was.  Whether it was the USAF, Club 498, Beverly National Bank, Johnny Rockets, Metro Credit Union, or Salem Hospital; she always excelled and was adored by co-workers and friends.   

Deb LOVED animals.  They were her greatest passion beside her family.  She was an amazing self taught cook and enjoyed making people happy with her talent.  She loved Walt Disney World.  She also loved nothing more than a sunny day at the Salem Willows complete with a chop suey sandwich, a walk in the park with Ebony, or a simple cookout with good friends.  And boy, could she dance!  Give her some good music and let her go!  Most of all in life she enjoyed being with her family, ESPECIALLY during the holidays.
Deborah C. Kane was love, joy, perseverance, and strength; all of it in seemingly limitless abundance.  God's gift to us all.  Now she rests with Him.

Deborah is survived by a son Lorenzo E. Kane and his wife Lauren of Bridgewater; a brother, Garey Dionne and his wife Sumpao of Ipswich; a nephew Garey Dionne, Jr. of Ipswich; a very close family friend, Phillip Gauthier of Plymouth and her faithful K-9 companion, Ebony.

Visiting hours will be 3 to 6 pm Saturday, December 19 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by her funeral service at 6 pm. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970.

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