Dawn Ruggiero, 51

Dawn (Preite) Ruggiero, 51, of Royersford, wife of Lee Ruggiero, passed away suddenly on Tuesday November 1, 2022 in Fremont, CA.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Debbie (Klebon) Preite and the late John Preite.

Dawn was a loving wife of 20 years and devoted mother to her two sons, her number one priority in life. She will always be remembered as the actively involved soccer mom or the number one fan cheering from the bleachers at baseball games. When not advocating for her boys, Dawn could often be found cooking or socializing with family, friends, and colleagues with a glass of wine in hand. Dawn had high expectations for her boys and those close to her. She saw the best in everyone and in that way, she made us all better.

Dawn graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She was the Vice President of Valspec and Proconex where she was highly respected and admired for her work ethic and generosity. Dawn started and led the Proconex Community Initiative which gives back to local communities through service projects focused on underprivileged children and early reading enhancement. All who knew Dawn felt her energy, big heart, and giving nature.

Surviving, along with her husband and mother, are her two sons Gabriel and Dominic Ruggiero; two brothers Michael Preite husband of Lori and John Preite husband of Terry; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday November 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Sunday November 6, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 PM and Monday November 7, 2022 from 9:00-10:45 AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dawn’s memory to the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry, 3938B Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426.

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Dear Lee, I am so sorry to hear about Dawn. I am thinking of you during this terrible time. With love, Mike Keegan

~ Michael Keegan
11/17/2022 9:55:08 AM

Dear Lee , I am so rorry to hear of your wife´s passing. My deepest condololences for your family´s loss. My thoughts and prayesrs are with all. Take care of each other Miguel Pascual

~ Miguel Pascual
11/9/2022 7:07:47 AM

We knew Dawn through soccer for the past 18 months or so. She and Gabe welcomed Liam onto the team. She was wonderful to talk with and took great care to make sure the boys were well cared for. We are glad Liam connected with Gabe. We are glad to have known Dawn. She will be missed. Knowing the wonderful young men her sons are becoming says so much about Dawn.

~ The Coughlin’s
11/8/2022 8:55:25 AM

Lee, I am so very sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time.

~ Kris Steber
11/8/2022 7:27:16 AM

Even though I’ve only met Dawn a few times, I felt like I've known her for a long time and felt like I could always reach out to her. I am really heartbroken to hear about this sudden news and I will pray for Dawn’s family. Thank you for all of your leadership and support for everyone while you were here Dawn.

~ Kwan Suh Foster City, CA
11/7/2022 7:53:41 PM

To the Ruggiero and Preite Families ~ I was honored to have worked with Dawn. Everyone is grieving along with you in your loss. She was such an inspiration to us all, and the memory of kind words, and constant compassion will always be treasured among those who knew her. May your memories give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

~ Julie A Cunningham Royersford, PA
11/7/2022 3:20:06 PM

We are so sorry,devastated by the sad news.We remember visiting and her greeting us on your front yard barefoot and smiling. She reminded Nick of his Mom because she was always barefooted. We are here if you need anything at all, you are all in our prayers. We love you.

~ Nicholas DeMartz San Bernardino, CA
11/7/2022 3:07:48 PM

Dear Lee - So terribly sorry to learn of your tragic loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts at this difficult time. Ralph

~ Ralph DeMasi
11/7/2022 3:00:31 PM

Our hearts are so heavy for your family. We have loved getting to know Dawn and your family and we are here for you.

~ The Riggs Chadds Ford, PA
11/7/2022 10:02:28 AM

Dear Ruggiero and Preite Families, your loss is shared by many. Dawn brought so much to this world and made it a better place. She affected so many people without even knowing it. Lee, you have a village on your side, not just for your boys, but for you too. Mike, we will forever see you and Dawn dancing together at Proconex parties. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to be in Dawn's life. Much Love, The Henn Family

~ The Henn Family
11/7/2022 9:48:04 AM

Lee and boys, So very sorry to hear of Dawn’s passing. You and your family are all in our thoughts and prayers. The Ludwig Family

~ Ludwig family Schwenksville, PA
11/7/2022 9:37:08 AM

My sincere condolences to you and your family. May your memories give you peace and comfort. My thoughts are with you during this trying time.

~ Diane Kalendra
11/7/2022 9:31:43 AM

I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

~ Denise Maggetti Nowak
11/7/2022 9:09:11 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you with peace and comfort during this difficult time.

~ Mitry Aghabi Budd Lake, NJ
11/7/2022 8:58:03 AM

Lee, I am so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. My condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time.

~ deb jaworski
11/7/2022 8:20:27 AM

My sincere and deepest sympathy go out to Dawn's family. She was very inspirational, and always tried to add fun to everything she did. She will never be forgotten. Try to remember all the good times. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

~ Mariana McCarthy Birdsboro, PA
11/7/2022 8:08:14 AM

Lee and family, So sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers during this incredibly difficult time. Tom and Lei Mellon

~ Tom Mellon
11/6/2022 9:27:43 PM

Lee, I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing your family peace and comfort in this difficult time.

~ Pete Mauceri Plymouth Meeting, PA
11/6/2022 9:13:13 PM

Lee, I am so sorry for your loss..my deepest sympathies to you and your family.

~ John Polgrean
11/6/2022 8:47:53 PM

Wishing you and your family peace, Lee, in these trying times.

~ Greg Mauro
11/6/2022 8:07:02 PM

My deepest condolences to The Ruggiero family. This is an unimaginable loss and my heart breaks for you. I hope you find peace in your memories of Dawn and the wonderful times you shared. May she rest in peace. Best regards, Kimberly Smith

~ kimberly smith pittsboro, NC
11/6/2022 7:56:00 PM

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with the entire family during this difficult time. Hope you can find some comfort in all of the wonderful memories made with her. Our prayers are with you.

~ McGarvey Family
11/6/2022 5:53:00 PM

So sorry to hear of Dawns passing. The love and bond of your family will get you through this difficult time. Cherish all your memories.

~ Michael and Renie Zaccardo Horsham, PA
11/6/2022 3:14:49 PM

Dawn was such a kind, warm person. It was a privilege to call her a colleague and friend. She was a rock and true force of nature. I'm having a hard time envisioning Proconex and Valspec without her. She was there for us very recently under similarly tragic circumstances. I hope Lee and the boys find their way forward. Love, The Schwartz Family

~ Eric Schwartz Gilbertsville, PA
11/6/2022 12:05:55 PM

My love and sympathy to all of you. Wishing you memories and sending hugs.

~ Janet L. Miller
11/6/2022 10:28:37 AM

We are so very sorry to hear this news. We will be praying for your family and hope that comfort rests within your hearts soon.

~ Dunleavy Family Collegeville, PA
11/6/2022 9:19:04 AM

Lee, Gabe, and Dominic, We are so sorry to learn about the sudden loss of your partner and mom. During this difficult time know that so many people in the community are thinking of you and hope you can find comfort in the wonderful memories you created as a family over the too brief time you shared together. We will be thinking of you often. The Reagans—Todd, Jen, Nate and Josh

~ The Reagan Family
11/6/2022 7:45:47 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Ruggiero and Preite families. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. I am privileged and fortunate to have met Dawn over 25 years ago at the start of our careers. She was a valued colleague and true friend who touched so many lives. Rest In Peace, my friend. You will be truly missed.

~ Tracy Clemmer
11/6/2022 7:28:03 AM

My deepest sympathies to you and your family.We will always cherish the wonderful memories we shared with dawn. We met Dawn when my son joined west- mont dawn welcomed us to the team with open arms.We are grateful for all the help and support she showed us. Dawn was a loving and caring person. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. - Fernando, Jocelin, Asucena Marin

~ Marin family
11/5/2022 10:36:54 PM

We will miss you Dawn, you were a great person and professional, I can’t believe we had our last conversation worlds a week ago during the Emerson Exchange. I wish there were more people with your caliber.

~ Guillermo Cisneros
11/5/2022 3:10:07 PM

My sincerest condolences for Dawn’s family at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. It was a pleasure to work with Dawn in my time with Valpro and Proconex.

~ Luis S Reyes Ortiz
11/5/2022 1:58:07 PM

Lee We send you our sincere condolences. Thinking about you and your boys. So sorry pal.

~ Ray Bradish Graham, NC
11/4/2022 9:54:23 PM

We will never forget Dawn’s enthusiasm and energy as a team manager years ago for our son’s team. Praying for the family and sending hugs!

~ The Santos Gamily
11/4/2022 6:00:48 PM

Dear Lee, I cannot imagine your and the family's grief. My deepest condolences for your family's loss and the loss for so many others touched by Dawn's presence and many gifts conveyed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take good care of each other.

~ Katy Moore
11/4/2022 4:30:55 PM

I was blessed to work with Dawn, with our offices just a few feet apart. She was an amazing contributor and leader at work but there was no question that family was her top priority. Dawn made such a positive impact on so many and that will carry on forever. Thoughts and prayers for Lee, Gabe, Dominic, Mike and John during these very difficult times.

~ Jim Keaveney Douglassville, PA
11/4/2022 2:47:55 PM

Lee, Gabe, and Dominic-- I am so so sorry about Dawn. I can't stop thinking about you guys. She was a wonderful wife and mother and a great friend to my brother and sister-in-law and "Aunt" to my nephew and she will be greatly missed. I am keeping you all in my prayers.

~ Mary Pavlik
11/4/2022 2:47:33 PM

Lee, Gabe and Dom - I am so heartbroken for each of you. Dawn (a.k.a Mary Poppins) was hilarious, one of my favorite people to sit next to during (and after) baseball games. Boys, she was your biggest fan. You brought her so much joy. She will be missed more then she will ever know.

~ Gallagher’s (Dragons Family)
11/4/2022 12:57:09 PM

Lee, Gabe, and Dominic, Words cannot express how sorry we are. Dawn was so much to so many. She was like a second mother to all of the boys and had a positive, loving impact that they will carry with them forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire Family.

~ Pete, Jen, PJ, & Carly Szczerba
11/4/2022 12:48:03 PM

My heart is sadden and aching for the loss of dawn My wonderful, kind sister in law and of course my brother and nephews she will be sadly missed God bless to everyone

~ Carla Rugggiero Pittson, PA
11/4/2022 12:35:53 PM

To Lee, Gabe, Dominic, Michael, John, and extended family, my deepest condolences. I have worked with Dawn at Proconex for over 25 years. She will be greatly missed as a colleague, leader, and most importantly as a friend. She gave her all into whatever she did, and truly helped to shape the culture of Proconex. Her light will continue to shine through us all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Maury and Kyla Bayer

~ Maury Bayer Narberth, PA
11/4/2022 11:23:31 AM

Dawn was my boss from day 1 after college and for more than 10 years after. In reflection this week, I owe so much of who I am and have become thanks to her guidance and tough love. I'm deeply saddened for our collective loss, and to all the souls who will miss the benefit of her love and support she was always ready to share.

~ Che Lee
11/4/2022 11:21:17 AM

Although I only recently met Dawn at a graduation party in Conyngham I was very impressed with her sincere and positive energy and personality! I had the pleasure of meeting her sons who were amazing to say the least. Lee I knew you back in the day and you were always a fantastic person. Please accept my most sincere condolences and know I will be praying for all who loved Dawn. Until you meet again know her love is never ending.

~ Ellen Dietz-creveling BERWICK, PA
11/4/2022 11:11:18 AM

While I did not have the pleasure of working directly with Dawn - the warm, friendly, and supportive culture that Proconex embodies would not be what it is today without Dawn. As one of our greatest leaders, she created what so many others fall short of - a true testament to her character, energy, and vibrant personality. She will be missed by family, friends, and coworkers.

~ Christopher and Olivia Abbott
11/4/2022 11:09:18 AM

To Lee and boys. We are so very sorry to hear about Dawn. She was a wonderful person and will be missed in so many ways. We are thinking of you and all the family during this difficult time.

~ Kathy Donahue Plymouth Meeting, PA
11/4/2022 11:09:02 AM

Lee, Gabe, and Dominic. We are so sorry for your loss. We knew Dawn through her work as the extraordinary team mom for the West-Mont team. She was always so friendly, kind, and a proud mom. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Mike, Melissa, Zach & Owen Mercincavage
11/4/2022 10:47:22 AM