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JoAnn Fairbanks

March 7, 1936 — January 9, 2023


JoAnn Fairbanks, 86, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023 at St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth. JoAnn was born on March 7, 1936 to Beatrice and Joseph Herring. In life, JoAnn was a remarkable business woman; after graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in accounting, JoAnn went on to own several local businesses across Duluth. She maintained her father’s Golden Retriever breeding business, “Harbor City Kennels,” and, in 1987, expanded it into a successful pet boarding kennel which she operated until 2022. JoAnn loved dogs and dedicated her life's work to improving the Golden Retriever breed through her Harbor City Golden breeding program. She leaves a legacy of quality retrievers whose company many of us continue to enjoy.

She is survived by her children Craig of Duluth; LeaAnn and Michael of Minneapolis; and Steve and Deidre of Duluth; and her grandchildren Sam, Joe (Madison), Ethan, Maya, Maeve, and Anne. She began her next journey peacefully and in the presence of friends and family. A memorial service will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Louis County Search and Rescue Canine Unit.

Memorial Services for JoAnn will be held Saturday, June 17. Internment will be conducted at Forest Hill Cemetery beginning at 11:30. Family and interested friends will meet at the duck pond for escort to grave site. All are invited for a celebration of life barbeque at Harbor City Kennel at 12:30.

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