Good-bye to a Dear Friend
Dean Libner during an introspective moment in the Angel Chapel
is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our dear friend Dean
Libner has died unexpectedly after undergoing knee surgery. Dean was 79
years old. He and his wife Fran were longtime members of the Emmanuel
community and had been living for a number of years in Green Valley,
Arizona. At Emmanuel, Dean could always be seen, (usually with a pair of
his brightly colored suspenders on), sweeping the patio before the
first service. He purchased a long-handled squeegee so that he
could sweep away the puddles when it rained. Once when Bishop Chet
Talton visited the parish, he asked me after the service..
" Who was that man sweeping the patio before the service?" When I
told him, he replied, "I have never had a warmer greeting at any church
I have visited!" That was Dean...a warm smile and an even warmer
welcome. We will miss you! Thank you for all that you shared with us. As
one person said
of him on Facebook, "I am sure God has welcomed him into heaven saying
'Well done good and faithful servant.'"
The memorial service for Dean will be held at
Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley,
on May 14th at 1:00 pm.
Cards may be sent to
623 W. Via Rosaldo, Green Valley, AZ 85614.