Jane Fairfax

Jane Margaret Fairfax

Monday, June 10th, 1935 - Sunday, May 9th, 2021
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FAIRFAX, Jane M. -age 85 of Dayton, OH unexpectedly passed away at her home on Sunday, May 09, 2021.

She was born on Monday, June 10, 1935 in Delphos, OH to Theodore and Margaret (Korb) Gerdeman.

October 29, 1960 she married the love of her life, William E. Fairfax, whom, after battling colon cancer, preceded her in death at Hospice of Dayton on October 24, 2003. Also preceding her in death are both parents, brother Eugene, sisters Rose Ann Friedrich, Alice Quinter, Lenore Gerdeman, Marie Swick; brothers-in-law Harold Friedrich, Louis Quinter, William Swick, James Fairfax, and Dale Fairfax. Nieces Kathy Quinter and Chris Gerdeman.

Jane obtained various degrees from University of Cincinnati and University of Dayton; she was a Dental Hygienist instructor for many years but punctuated her career by teaching English Literature at Stivers School for the Arts, with Dayton City Schools. Early on in her career years, she worked in the dental field both in Cincinnati and Dayton, specializing in orthodontics as well as general dentistry.

Her passion for life was apparent by her generous and giving heart.
Family - friends - strangers - she made time for anyone and everyone! Jane was always willing to help someone rise above a bad situation by providing a sympathetic ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on in a difficult time.

As a devout Catholic, Jane enjoyed attending Holy Angels & St. Mary's Catholic Churches, in Dayton.
Funnily enough, she was also known to be a steadfast "partner in crime" within the St. Anne's Hill Historic Community.
She was a very upbeat person who loved traveling and reading as well as savored going to movies, live theater and Broadway shows.

Jane is survived by a brother Bernard (Marie) Gerdeman of Ottoville, OH; three sisters Dorothy (Elton) Lamy of Cincinnati, OH; Mary Ellen Gerdeman and Joan (Robert) Ricker of Delphos, OH. Two sister-in-law's Dorothy Fairfax of Indianapolis and Bonnie Fairfax of Ft. Jennings, OH as well as Marty Gerdeman of Ottoville, OH.
While she did not have any children of her own, she is survived by 27 nieces and nephews whom she was always supportive of and loved each one dearly.

A Celebration of Jane's Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Jane's honor to a church, charity, colon cancer research or Hospice of Dayton.

Every day, you should:
do something you want to do,
something you need to do,
and do something for somebody else.
~Jane M. Fairfax (...and she practiced what she preached)

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    Woodland Cemetery Mausoleum
    118 Woodland Ave
    DAYTON, OH 45409
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John Baker

Posted at 08:20pm
My friend, Jane. We just spoke a few months ago and planned to get together with some of the IBM gang. Your husband, Bill, was one of my mentors when I started with the company. I thought highly of him as I did you. Thank you for inviting me into your home and life. I have many good memories of you and Bill. Rest In Peace my friend. You lived a good life and now your reward has come.

Dionne Harris

Posted at 12:34pm
I'm sorry for your loss. Mrs. Fairfax was a great dental arts teacher. She was very thorough
My condolences.

Deanna Y Jackson

Posted at 04:06pm
I am a former Dental student of Mrs. Fairfax @ John H. Patterson Cooperative High School. I remember and thank her for professionalism. We had to wear all white and Mrs. Fairfax prepped and prepared many, for our Dental careers. We still talk about her to this day. Thank you Mrs. Fairfax. I am still in the wonderful world of dentistry thanks to you. Rest Easy beautiful lady🙏🏽🤎

Dionne Harris Posted at 12:35pm

She was a great teacher.

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