John Mark Dewey

John Mark Dewey

October 8, 1958 – November 22, 2023

John Mark Dewey, recently of Omaha NE, was called home to his creator on November 22, 2023. John was born October 8, 1958, to Norman J. and Joan (Tierney) Dewey in Jackson MI.  As a child, he enjoyed music, family vacations, boy scouts, helping around the house, and especially cooking with his mom. He attended Queen of the Miraculous Medal grade school and graduated from Lumen Christi high school in Jackson.  He attended Jackson Community College and Central Michigan University, focusing on computer technology.  He worked in computer systems support until he joined Brennan Industries of Solon OH in 1989. Though John was hired to work in IT, he was told on his first day that he’d be doing customer service and could “do that computer stuff” in his spare time. Thirty-three years later he retired as Global IT Director at Brennan, having seen the company grow 25-fold and expand its operations to include a myriad of distribution centers on 3 different continents.

John married his lovely wife of 30 years, Theresa M. Dobel, in 1993 on the day after Thanksgiving. They met through a mutual friend at church in Akron OH and lived in Akron for most of their married life. They shared a life of love and adventure, and traveled the world, including Ireland, England, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Mexico and the Caribbean.  They enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and John was especially happy when he could share his passion and considerable culinary talents with loved ones. He also treasured spending time with their many nieces and nephews. On retirement, Theresa and John built a beautiful home in Omaha to be close to family.

John had a lifelong love-affair with music, listening to musicals in his parents’ home, playing guitar as a youngster and taking on the piano in high school to great success. He was a gifted musician with a beautiful, rich baritone voice which he shared in musical theatre, church and for special occasions, including weddings. John spent over 50 years in music ministry, enriching Catholic parishes in Michigan and Ohio with his vocal and instrumental talents.

Preceding him to eternal rest are his parents, Norm and Joan; in-laws, Jerry and Joan Dobel; sister-in-law, Judy Hughes. Left to celebrate his life are his wife, Theresa; stepmother, Lola Dewey of Mendota IL; family members: Pat Dobel and Lea Vaughn of Seattle, Tim Dobel of Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Mike and Sue Dobel of Omaha, Mark Dobel of Kansas City, Maureen Dobel of Denver, Tim and Shelly Sassen of TN, Pat and Betsie Sassen of IL and Matthew Sassen of IL; numerous other friends and family.

Services will be held at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Omaha NE on Monday, December 4th; visitation at 9:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30. All are invited to a luncheon at the Church Hall immediately following the Service.  A further celebration of John’s life to be hosted in Akron will be scheduled and announced at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Christ Child Society of Akron, P.O. Box 13411 Akron OH 44334;

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • Michael Stefan Posted November 29, 2023 1:55 pm

    Dear Theresa, Sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was a good guy who lived on the bright side. Remember the love you shared which was so evident whenever you were together. My thoughts are with you.

  • Ray Stone Posted November 29, 2023 4:15 pm

    So sad to learn of John’s passing. He was a good friend and real talent. We were blessed that he shared those talents with us at St Sebastian Church. My condolences to Theresa and the entire family.

  • Rita Rae Burkley Posted November 29, 2023 7:58 pm

    Dear Theresa,
    I am so sorry about the loss of John. What a talented man who was taken too soon.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
    Rita Burkley

  • Don Ruff Posted November 29, 2023 8:20 pm

    Theresa, I’m saddened by the loss of a wonderful man from this earth. I wish I had more time to be closer friends to you and John. We will all be together again when time stands still for eternity.

  • Christina Mastromatteo Posted November 29, 2023 8:30 pm

    We were so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We have very fond memories of spending time with him at St. Sebastian’s in Akron and the choir. I always think of his little musical interludes and his enthusiastic jazzy finales to hymns during our practices!
    Sending our prayers and sincere condolences.
    Kindest regards,
    Christina & family

  • Fazie Phillips Posted November 30, 2023 8:03 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  • Trainor Eileen Posted November 30, 2023 10:18 am

    Theresa, so sorry for the loss of your beloved John. What a beautiful life the two of you shared. He served others well with his gifts and talents. May the memories of your adventures together bring a smile to your heart and a laugh for your soul for he will never be truly gone.

  • Steve and Beckie Shotwell Posted November 30, 2023 10:34 am

    So sorry for your loss. We have so many fond memories of John and you. Our Memorial Day Friday feasts and the greenhouse visits. The breakfasts at Lou and Hy deli and restaurant. Masses at St. Sebastians and John’s wonderful singing. We were blessed to have him in our wedding and for Steve to be in yours. We hope you find God’s comfort at this time.

  • Shelly Farrell Posted November 30, 2023 12:23 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will all miss John.

  • Paul and Mary Ellen Natusch Posted December 1, 2023 10:01 am


    We are so sorry for your loss. We hope that you faith, family and friends will sustain you through this difficult timr

  • MarieAnn/Ray Thomas Posted December 1, 2023 11:42 am

    Dear Theresa, We are so saddened by the news of John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. We will always treasure the gift of music Jonn shared with us in music ministry . He was a great addition to or Sunday liturgy for so many years. We were blessed to have both of you as part of a very important part of our lives at St Sebastian. May the wonderful memories you created together help you now and in days and years to come. Many Blessings
    Ray, MarieAnn and Kathleen Thomas

  • Susan Conway Posted December 1, 2023 5:04 pm

    Thoughts and prayers as you go thru this difficult time. John was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

  • Taylor Lynda Posted December 1, 2023 9:32 pm

    So sorry on your terrible loss. I went to school with him both at Queens and Lumen Christi, long time ago. I remember him and condolences go out to you.

  • Butch and Judy Atkinson Posted December 3, 2023 7:56 am

    John was one of the good guys. We spent 35 years working together and both retired at the same time. Wish he had more time to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

  • Barbara Woehler Posted December 3, 2023 10:31 am

    Dearest Theresa, my deepest condolences, I remember John on your visit to Rome many years ago, such a peaceful and friendly person. I’m sure your faith will help you as he passes into the light. A strong hug of encouragement, from your cousin Barbara

  • Bill Jarrell Posted December 3, 2023 6:11 pm

    Barb and I are deeply saddened to learn of John’s passing. For 18 years together at Brennan, John was a wonderful colleague and a friend to me. I will always remember his company 1st. dedication, kindness, generosity, technical expertise, and amazing (sometimes quirky) sense of humor! John made a positive impact on everyone who knew him.
    We want you to know that you are not alone in your grief. We are thinking of you and praying for you and your family. We hope you find strength and solace in your faith and in the memories of John. Please reach out anytime should you need a shoulder to lean on. You have our heartfelt sympathy and friendship.
    With love and prayers,
    Bill & Barb Jarrell

  • Toby Bothel Posted December 4, 2023 8:03 am

    I will be listening in this morning on the live-stream and wishing that I could be there with you to give you a big hug – in person. Please know that my heart goes out to you! Love you!

  • Alan Shockley Posted December 4, 2023 9:36 am

    I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to know John, he will not be forgotten.
    Words can’t express my sorrow for you and your family. sending all our sympathy and prayers.
    Alan & Cheryl Shockley

  • Fred Mercuri Posted December 4, 2023 10:51 am

    Condolences go out to the Dewey Family, Sending our prayers during this difficult time ,

    Fred and Lora Mercuri

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