Fairfielder Jeanne Oakes Passes, Age 82

Jeanne Anne Barcomb Oakes, age 82, of Fairfield, beloved wife of William R. Oakes, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Daughter of the late Dr. Albert and Lucille Beaupre Barcomb, Jeanne was born and raised in Rochester, New Hampshire, and graduated from Simmons College in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Jeanne and Bill moved to Fairfield, Connecticut in 1966. After raising her four children, she returned to work as a chemist for Polymer Industries and Stolt-Nielson Shipping Co. and as a chemistry lab instructor at Fairfield University.

Jeanne made many close friends through her community work and enthusiasm for bridge. Genealogy became her retirement hobby providing her with many reasons to travel nationally and internationally. She enjoyed cruising and summers spent in Maine with friends and family.

A loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she will be greatly missed by all that knew her beautiful smile, warmth, strength and zest for life. In addition to Bill, her loving husband of 60 years, Jeanne leaves behind her children, Jeffrey Oakes and his wife Nancy of Marion, MA, Katherine Oakes and her husband Douglas Melville of Simsbury, CT, Michael Oakes and his wife Beth of Silver Lake, NH and Jennifer Oakes Keohane and her husband William of Wallingford, CT. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Christopher, Aaron, Elise, Jamie and Colleen Oakes and Ian and Kira Melville.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 10 am directly at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Dr., Fairfield, CT 06824. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 17, from 4-8 pm in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fairfield Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Pius X Church or to the Gospel Light Community Church-Haiti Building Fund, c/o 222 Charles St., Bridgeport, Ct 06606.

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