Dianne Bires Ouellet

Dianne Bires Ouellet

July 26, 1953 - December 22, 2019
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WEST ROCKPORT – Dianne M. Bires Ouellet, 66, died peacefully Sunday, December 22, 2019 at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport. Her loving family was at her side.

Born July 26, 1953 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, she was the daughter of Joseph and Pauline F. Gephard Bires. At six months old, Dianne moved with her family to Baileyville ‘Woodland’ Maine where she was raised. She attended school and graduated from Woodland High School in 1971. Later Dianne attended the University of Southern Maine where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1975. She began her teaching career in southern Maine working for the Cumberland - North Yarmouth school district.

After marrying her college sweetheart, Carmel Ouellet in 1977, the pair moved to Presque Isle where Dianne continued teaching. Her career was marked with glowing recommendations from all of her supervisors. Each one of them remarked on her professionalism, loving and caring attitude toward her students, and the insightful way in which she personalized learning for each child in her classroom. Even as a young teacher, she made it her mission to meet each child where they were, making sure individual learning styles were fostered and utilized. Her insightful lesson plans kept her classroom bright and fun and she was considered a great asset to all of the schools that were blessed to have her on staff.

Upon welcoming her own three daughters into the world, Dianne devoted her time and efforts to raising them. She spent countless hours caring for her family.

She enjoyed researching her family genealogy, tending her beautiful flower gardens, sewing and attending community events. Volunteering her time was important to her, and most recently she enjoyed helping at St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen in Rockland.

Many admired Dianne’s gentle spirit and kind ways. She had a gracious and understanding personality and outlook on life. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

Predeceased by her parents; Dianne is survived by her beloved husband Carmel Ouellet of West Rockport; her daughter, Allison Ouellet and her husband Gerald Rea of Madison, Indiana, Carolyn Ouellet of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Christine Ouellet of Thomaston; as well as her sister, Jolene and her husband Michael Ozga of Durham and Deb Bires of South Portland.

Family and friends are invited to visit at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 150 Broadway Rockland from
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2019 with a Mass of Christian Burial held immediately following at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the St Bernard’s Grispee Center reception hall. The Reverend Robert Valliancourt will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen, c/o St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, 7 Union Street, Camden, Maine 04843

To share a memory or condolence with the Ouellet family, please visit their Book of Memories at
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday December 28, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday December 28, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    St. Bernard's Catholic Church
    150 Broadway
    Rockland, ME 04841
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday December 28, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday December 28, 2019 1:00pm
    St. Bernard's Catholic Church
    150 Broadway
    Rockland, ME 04841
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Robert Vaillancourt
  • Reception

    Saturday December 28, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday December 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    St. Bernards Catholic Church
    150 Broadway
    Rockland, Maine 04841
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Private Condolence

Lise Fournier

Posted at 06:49pm
My deepest sympathy Carmel and all your family. 🙏🏻
Cousin Lise

Marsha Gagnon

Posted at 09:46pm
I thank my cousin Mary White for letting me know (through my daughter) about my cousin Dianne's passing. It has been years since I have seen Dianne. Our families would share special times together back when I lived in Woodland, ME from 1952 - 1962. My Dad, John Bires, was a brother to Dianne's Dad, Joseph. My thoughts & prayers are with Dianne's family during this very difficult time. Condolences - Marsha (Bires) Gagnon, Orlando, FL

Bunco Family

Posted at 08:27am
Allison and family,
Sending lots of Indiana warmth and love from your Bunco family.

Jeanie Gover

Posted at 11:48pm
I really enjoyed volunteering with Diane at the soup kitchen. Such a beautiful lady. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Robert Hamalainen

Posted at 09:09pm
Carmel and family,
Pat and I extend our deepest sympathies on your loss of Dianne. May all your wonderful memories of Dianne in your lives only grow richer and more supportive. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob and Pat Hamalainen

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