Dansville /Geneseo : May 24, 2019. 104 years of age. Pre-deceased by her former husband, Lewis F. Hoffman, sisters, Wilma (age 2), and Doris (Harold) Taber of Hilton, and brother, Lester (Matilda) Fairbanks of Batavia. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Fred) Glaser of Livonia and Natalie (Jim) Kerby of Sparta , Mich.
She is also survived by grandchildren, Jarrel (Mary Kay) Battaglia, Lynnette (Blake) Eigen , Alicia (Jim) Woods, Patrick (Rebecca) Kerby and Erin Kerby and eleven great grandchildren .
Lorna was the daughter of Charles and Ella Mae (Dodson) Fairbanks of Pavilion, NY. She graduated from the Rochester Dental Dispensary in 1935 and started working in LeRoy in Dr. Ed Murry’s dental office where she learned a great deal, including surgical procedures. She then accepted a job as the dental hygienist in the Dansville school system, dividing her time as a dental hygiene teacher between Dansville and Wayland. When that position was eliminated she went to the Livonia school system to take up the same position for the next seven years until she retired from the school system. She finished her career working part-time at a dental office in Dansville.
After retiring, Lorna volunteered for Meals on Wheels and enjoyed socializing, playing golf and playing bridge with her many friends. She also was an avid Scrabble player to the end. A strong and caring woman, Lorna was always a champion for children, pushing them to strive for a good education, as her father wanted for his children. She was a long time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dansville where she sang in the choir for many years. She said if she had her life to live over, she would spend it singing. She had a lovely voice that we will greatly miss. Her motto was “never give up, just rest awhile “.
There will be a celebration of life service on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 2PM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 5015 Lakeville Road, Geneseo, NY 14454. A graveside service will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Wyoming, NY at a later date.
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