Betty Jean Dean

November 28, 1927 ~ March 1, 2020 (age 92)


Betty Jean Dean, 92, of Wabash, Indiana, passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on March 1, 2020 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

She was born November 28, 1927 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the daughter of Homer and Evelyn Heiser. She was one of ten children. Betty graduated from Tallmadge High School, Tallmadge, Ohio in 1945 where she captained the cheerleading squad. It was there where she met the love of her life, Donald Dean. Together they have celebrated over 71 years of marriage with four children, eleven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a loving husband, Don, four children, Linda (Thomas) Hale of Columbus, Indiana, Patricia (Scott) Howard of Jenison, Michigan, Jay Dean of Mishawaka, Indiana, and Jeffrey (Roberta) Dean of Wabash. Grandchildren: Brian Hale of Indianapolis, Indiana, Stacey Hale of Columbus, Melissa (Brandon) Crawford of Rogersville, Tennessee, Kyle (Kate) Dean of Elkhart, Indiana, Tyler (Dani) Dean of Peyton, Colorado, Matthew Howard of Madison, Wisconsin, Mitchell Howard of Toledo, Ohio, Grant Howard of Holland, Michigan, Jeremy Dean of Dayton, Ohio, and Hailey Dean of Wabash.  Great-grandchildren: Jacob Crawford, Collin Crawford, Grady Dean, Daily Dean, Kendall Dean, and Landon Dean. Three siblings: Helen (James) Colbert and Russell (Linda) Heiser, both of Mogadore, Ohio, and John (Cindy) Heiser of Tallmadge. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Alfred Heiser, Marcella Shenberger, Homer Heiser, Isabelle Ripley, Ruth Donohoe, Barbara Donovan, and granddaughter, Lori Hale.

Betty enjoyed traveling with Don, tending to her flower garden, playing board games, bridge, rummy, and other card games. The thing she enjoyed most was cooking and hosting family outings with her family. A very nurturing person with a sharp sense of humor, she was most proud of her children, and grandchildren. She also loved animals especially cats. Betty was a 25 year member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash, and a faithful follower.

Funeral services will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave, Wabash with Ryan Keim officiating. Friends may call 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Sunday at the funeral home.

There will be a visitation from 10:00 - 12:00 pm, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Donovan Funeral Home, 17 Southwest Ave. (On the Historic Tallmadge Circle).

Graveside services will be at 12:00 pm at the Tallmadge Cemetery, with Betty's brother Russell Heiser officiating.

Preferred Memorials are Bachelor Creek Church of Christ or the Animal Shelter of Wabash County. 

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March 10, 2020

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Donovan Funeral Home
17 Southwest Ave
Tallmadge, OH 44278

Graveside Service
March 10, 2020

12:00 PM
Tallmadge Cemetery
46 North Ave
Tallmadge, OH 44278


Bachelor Creek Church of Christ
2147 N State Road 15, Wabash IN 46992

Animal Shelter of Wabash County
810 Manchester Ave., Wabsh IN 46992
Tel: 1-260-563-3500

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