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Elizabeth J. Dean

June 15, 1921 — July 2, 2019

Elizabeth J. Dean

Elizabeth “Betty” J. Dean, 98, of Forest City, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Good Samaritan Center in Forest City.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Monday, July 8, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church in Forest City with Rev. Fr. Jim Dubert officiating. Burial will be at St. James Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Sunday at Cataldo Schott Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City with a Scriptural wake service at 4:30 P.M. followed by a rosary.

Memorials may be directed to St. James Catholic Church or Good Samaritan Society.

Elizabeth Jane Dean, the daughter of John and Ella (Dannehy) Bunting, was born June 15, 1921 in Chicago, IL. She attended St. Viator Elementary School and graduated from Alvernia High School in 1939. She continued her education at the College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN where she received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics. She worked at Charity Hospital in New Orleans as a dietician and then returned to Chicago and worked at Wesley Memorial Hospital. On July 23, 1949 she was married to Edward J. Dean at St. Viator Catholic Church in Chicago. They raised three children and she loved being a homemaker. They lived in Chicago, New Haven, CT, Prairie Village, KS, Needham, MA and Wilmette, IL. Summer vacations were spent fishing with her family in Michigan and Pittsburg, NH at the Glen Lodge. In October of 2002, they moved to Forest City to be closer to family. Betty enjoyed doing volunteer work in schools and at church. She also enjoyed golfing, bowling and swimming at the YMCA in Forest City. Her last 6 1/2 years were spent at the Good Samaritan Society where the other residents and staff became part of her family. She had many fun and memorable times while living there.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Betty is survived by her three children, Kathy (Rod) Barkema of Forest City, David (Diana) Dean of Crossville, TN and Maryellen Dean of Rushford, MN; two grandchildren, Daniel (Novella) Dean and their son, David Ethan Dean and Jonathon Dean; a niece, Mary Jane (Bill) McGinnis; a nephew, Tom Bunting; and her beloved cat, Mickey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward in 2006; sister, Mary Bunting; brother, John Bunting; and sister, Barbara Bunting.
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Sunday, July 7, 2019

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