First Posted: 1/6/2013
Regina H. Jeanie Dean of Port Griffith, Jenkins Township, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Smith Health Care Ltd., Mountain Top.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, John S. Dean.
Born in Port Griffith, she was a daughter of the late John and Helen Levandoski Mondlak. She was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School, College Misericordia with a degree in Business Administration and earned a master’s certificate from Temple University in Vocational Education. She retired from public school teaching as the business department chairperson of the Pittston Area School District. She also taught at Wyoming High School, Northeast High School and was a member of the American Federation of Teachers. Some of her many accomplishments included receiving a certificate of merit from New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller for her work in teaching migrant workers basic English in Rome, New York.
Jeanie was also a partner for 22 years in the family business, John Dean’s Auto Sales and Service in Port Blanchard. She had also worked in the business office of GMAC. Additionally, Jeanie served as secretary/treasurer of Jenkins Township American Legion Post 938 and was a member of the Legion Auxiliary. She served as church auditor of St. Joseph’s parish in Port Griffith during Fr. Walter Skurski’s tenure. For 26 years, Jeanie was the Democratic committee woman for the 4th District of Jenkins Township.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her children, atty. Jack Dean and his wife, Dr. Lisa Dean, of Mountain Top; Dr. James Dean and his partner, Dr. Joseph Montella, of Philadelphia; granddaughters, Taylor and Noah Dean, and grandson, Matthew John Dean of Mountain Top; brother, Jerry Mondlak, and his wife, Ellen Mondlak, of Port Griffith; nephew, atty. John Mondlak and his wife, atty. Michele Mondlak, of Philadelphia; niece, Susan Fenske of Kingston Township, and numerous cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, John Matthew Dean, and her godson/nephew, Dr. Jerry Mondlak.
The family wishes to send special thanks to the staff at Smith Health Care, Ltd. in Mountain Top and visiting angel, Hazel Shelhamer.
The funeral was held Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, from Baloga Funeral Home Inc., 1201 Main Street, Pittston (Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial at St John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
To send an online condolence, please visit www.BalogaFuneralHome.com.