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Obituary Notice – Kathie Mae Dean

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FORESTVILLE:  Kathie Mae Dean, 58, of Putnam Road Forestville, passed away Monday morning, February 28th, 2022 at home as a result of her long battle with cancer.  She was accompanied by her husband Jeff Dean and family members when she drifted off to be with the Lord.  She was born in Dunkirk on January 23, 1964, the daughter of Linda M. (VanWormer) Fairbanks, of Forestville and the late Douglas L. Fairbanks.

  She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1982 and attended Jamestown Business School.  In 2013, her love of animals inspired her to leave her position at the Chautauqua County Home and become owner & operator of The Doggie Detailer pet grooming and boarding.  Through her years she also helped her family on their dairy farm (Fairdawn Farms, Inc.) and the maple syrup business (Fairbanks Maple).  Kathie was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter.  She lived life with zest, passion and optimism.  Kathie was an avid animal lover and enjoyed the simpler things in life such as; gardening, blackberry picking and searching for the perfect rock for her collection.

  Besides her mother she leaves behind her husband Jeffrey A. Dean of Forestville, whom she married in September of 1998, in the Forestville United Methodist Church and renewed their vows in September of 2019, two sons Dana Meli-Wischman, of Silver Creek; Robert Dean, of Forestville; two daughters, Karlie Meli-Wischman, of Cherry Creek; Christina (Jacob Neamon) Dean, of Cuba, NY; a sister, Laurie (Stephen) Mead, of Forestville; two brothers, Douglas J. (Diane Jagodzinski) Fairbanks, of Forestville; and Drew R. (Laura) Fairbanks, of San Diego, CA.  Also surviving are a brother in law Mark Harvey of Lake Como, NY, eight granddaughters, one grandson and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her father she was predeceased by a brother Bryon Fairbanks, a sister Sherry Lynn Fairbanks-Harvey and a sister in law Jennifer Fairbanks.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 12 noon with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek, officiating.

  Memorial Donations may be made to the family by either Venmo or 9007 Putnam Road, Forestville, NY 14062.

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  • Cheryll Bixby
    Posted March 2, 2022 at 10:50 am

    We shared part of our lives as we watched our baby girls grow into beautiful women. I will see your beautiful smile, Kathie, in the faces of your daughter and granddaughters and remember our times together. May God bless your sweet soul and let your spirit fly…

  • Tonya
    Posted March 2, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    Jeff and family,
    My sincere condolences to all of you. No words will make you feel better, but take comfort in the thoughts and wonderful memories you will forever have.

  • Mindy Lynn Kilgore
    Posted March 2, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    An absolutely beautiful woman. She was a staple in my childhood. Im so thankful she birthed my best friend Karlie. She was always working so hard for her family and created a home that I LOVED TO GO TO. IF I COULD SAY ANYTHING TO HER, I WOULD SAY THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU.

  • Tina Gross
    Posted March 3, 2022 at 6:25 am

    Kathie was one of the strongest, most optimistic women I had the pleasure of calling my friend. She fought such a hard fight and I know she’s at peace now. My condolences to Jeff and her family…she loved them so much.

  • JoAnne Wile s
    Posted March 8, 2022 at 8:04 am

    I loved your mom so very much. She was the kindest loving warmest woman I ever knew. I first met her when Joe was helping with some of the grooming. I gave him rides. She and Karlie have groomed my dogs for some time. She has one of my Brussels. My prayers🙏🙏💕are with you and I hope God helps you to heal remembering what a great person she was. I am so very sad. Love to all of you .

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