Rhea Zissman Dinesman

June 5, 1935February 26, 2019

Rhea Zissman Dinesman, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born to the late Reverend Phillip and Jennie Zissman on June 5, 1935.

A loving wife, mother, friend and teacher, Rhea dedicated her life to children. When awarded as a “Top 10” teacher in El Paso, she said she taught based on the three L’s - love, laughter and learning. Rhea had such a profound impact on so many students, parents and teachers that even 41 years later former students would reach out to thank Rhea for the impact she had on their lives.

Rhea’s greatest source of pride and love was for her family. Never to miss a holiday, birthday or celebration, Rhea was the true matriarch of the family. Predeceased by her loving husband Marvin Dinesman and brother Edward Zissman, they too shall never be forgotten. Survived by her four children, Dr. Esther Davis (Bert), Dr. Alan Dinesman (Tina), Michel Dinesman (Viviana) and Jonathan Dinesman (Karin), ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren and four nieces and nephews, Rhea’s legacy will live on.

A graveside service celebrating Rhea’s life will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 11:30 am MST at B’Nai Zion Cemetery, 3911 Gateway Blvd West, El Paso, Texas 79903.


  • Dr. Esther Davis (Bert), Daughter
  • Dr. Alan Dinesman (Tina), Son
  • Michel Dinesman (Viviana), Son
  • Jonathan Dinesman (Karin), Son
  • Rhea is also survived by ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren and four nieces and nephews.


  • Graveside Service Sunday, March 3, 2019

Rhea Zissman Dinesman

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Darlyne Strelzin

March 1, 2019

I want to send my condolences to the family of Rhea Dinesman. She was a wonderful person that I had the privilege to work with at Western Hills School. She taught first grade and I taught third grade for thirty years and we both retired the same year. She was a wonderful co-worker and a good friend.