October 17, 1929 ~ July 16, 2010
Sister Jean Dezort formerly Sister Frederick 80 died on July 16 2010 at Regina Health Center Richfield OH. Sister Jean the only daughter of James and Edith Pfeil Dezort was born on October 17 1929 in Cleveland. She entered the Sisters of St. Dominic in Akron from St. Cecilia Parish Cleveland on January 18 1947 and made religious profession on June 20 1949 and is in her 62nd year of religious profession. Sister holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in education from St. John College Cleveland a master's degree in religious education from Seattle University and is certified in counseling from the University of Akron. Sister Jean began her teaching career at Our Lady of the Elms Elementary School. For fifteen years she taught at the junior high level at St. Agatha Cleveland; St. Dominic Youngstown; and St. Paul Akron. In 1965 she became one of the first religious to become involved with the Newman apostolate at the University of Akron. In 1983 Sister Jean was a member of the pastoral team at the Newman Center at Kent State University. Sister Jean has served as pastoral minister/director of religious education at St. William Champion; Nativity of Our Lord Uniontown and St. Mary Rifle Colorado. In 1995 she was RCIA coordinator administered the Pre-Marriage Inventory to engaged couples and assisted in processing annulments at St. John Vianney Parish in St. Petersburg Beach Florida and at St. Raphael Parish Englewood. Florida. In 2005 Sister returned to Our Lady of the Elms where she continued to be involved with the RCIA at Immaculate Heart of Mary and Holy Family Parishes as a volunteer. Sister Jean used her talents in various ways at the Elms even though she began to have failing health. On June 14 2010 she was moved to Regina Health Center. Knowing Sister Jean one realized her talent as an excellent teacher and her fine organizational skills. She loved life and truly enjoyed her many friends. Sister Jean was preceded in death by her parents and brother Frederick. She is survived by nephew Fred (JoAnn) Dezort of Hudson; and niece Diane Baechle of Mentor. Calling hours will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Monday July 19 at Our Lady of the Elms Convent 1230 W. Market St. Akron with a Wake Service at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday July 20 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in memory of Sister Jean may be made to Dominican Sisters of Peace 2320 Airport Drive Columbus OH 43219.