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Dawn M. Dempsey

Dawn M. Dempsey, 52, of Scranton, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Geisinger CMC Hospital, Scranton. Born in Scranton on September 22, 1968, she was the daughter of Michael Dempsey and the late Mary Lou (Resseguie) Leonard.

Dawn was a lifelong member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church, Scranton. She was a graduate of North Pocono High School class of 1986, and a graduate of Marywood University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Dawn worked many years for Monument Builders of Pennsylvania, was the owner and operator of Break of Dawn Designs and was employed for the last 28 years for the Advocacy Alliance as a media communications project developer.


Dawn was the former co-chairwoman of the Greater Scranton Jaycees Christmas Parade, former president of the Greater Scranton Jaycees, and was a member of Leadership Lackawanna.


She loved spending time with family and friends, particularly her nephews whom she loved so dearly. She enjoyed day trips to New York City, vacationing in Newport Rhode Island and Mystic, Connecticut every year. She enjoyed having drinks with her son at the 16th Ward and loved to attend concerts and trying new places every month with her dinner club. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.


In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by her sister Jennifer Dempsey, her grandparents Martha and Norman Resseguie, and her aunt Cynthia Novak.


Dawn is survived by her son Andrew Gruden, of Scranton, her sisters, Corinne Dempsey and companion Damien Boland, of Covington, Jessica Leonard of Pittsburgh and Megan Lewis and her husband Dale Lewis, of Springbrook. Also surviving are nephews, Logan and Grayson Chabal, Blake Lewis, her stepfather Joseph Leonard, of Roaring Brook Twp. and many cousins.


Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:00am at the Maple Lake United Methodist Church, 35 Harriet Dr., Spring Brook Twp. with Rev. Eric Luczak officiating. Friends may call for visitation on Sunday afternoon, April 18 from 3pm-6pm at Strauch Funeral Home, 3 First St., Springbrook PA and on Monday morning from 10:30am until time of service. If attending the visitation or the service please be mindful that masks and safe social distancing are mandatory per CDC guidelines.



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