Rita E. Dean, 77, of Butler, passed away Thursday, July 27 at the Saxony Health Center in Saxonburg. Rita was born in Butler on January 6, 1940, she was one of six children of the late Joseph and Elinor (Cottrill) Lesnik.
Her life was that of a devoted wife and loving mother, she was a homemaker who
enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Rita was visually impaired and worked at The Butler County Blind Association for ten years. She was a member of Saint Peters Roman Catholic Church who enrolled her three children in the Catholic School System. She wanted the best for her family and always encouraged them by supporting the activities they were involved in. She enjoyed baking, crocheting, music and having her daughters read to her.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Rosemarie (John) Fornari, of Butler.
Mrs. Lisa (Craig) Taliani of Cheswick. A daughter in law, Mrs. Melinda (Albert) Dean of Hermitage. Four grandchildren, Suzanne L. Nashtock of Raleigh N.C.,
Mason A. Dean of Hermitage PA., Maria R. Taliani and Katrina I. Taliani of Cheswick, two brothers Joseph (Ruth) Lesnik of East Butler and Kenneth (Patty)Lesnik of Butler, her sister Mildred (Tony) Van Grootenbruel of Butler, brother in laws Domenic (Barbara) Trombatt Sr. of Butler and Max (Linda) Baptiste of Butler, several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years Albert W. Dean, her son Albert W Dean Jr., her brother William Lesnik – KIA Vietnam and sister Barbara Trombatt.
Rita was a kind and gentle mother who was always there for her family, her presence will be sadly missed.
Friends will be recieved at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler, PA 16001 from 5-7 pm Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 9:30 am Tuesday from St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 127 Franklin St., Butler, PA 16001. Interment will follow at St. Peter Cemetery in Butler.