Jane Elizabeth Faber Rubin, 76, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, peacefully entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, February 19, 2023.
Jane was born on September 20, 1946 to Dr. John and Bernice (Frey) Faber in Rochester, Minnesota. She was especially fond of her childhood in Rochester, considering it to be her true home. Jane graduated from Rochester John Marshall High School class of 1964 and then attended Ripon College, graduating in 1968. After college, she moved to New York City, where she did breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and then taught science at Grace Church School. It was during her time in New York that she met her husband, Barry, in the spring of 1972. They were married in New York on October 12, 1974, making a life together for nearly 50 years.
Jane and Barry moved to Maple Grove, Minnesota to start a family and she proudly had two sons: Robert and John. Jane chose to give up a promising corporate career at Honeywell and instead dedicated her life to raising her two sons. As her sons got older, she returned to her roots and her passion as a teacher, serving as an Instructor at the Osseo Area Schools Adult Basic Education center for over 15 years. It was here that she found great sense of purpose in life and received multiple teaching awards in the process. She also served for over a decade as a parent member of the Osseo School's District Planning Advisory Committee.
Family, especially her two sons, was the most important aspect of Jane's life. She worked tirelessly to instill strong values and a tireless work ethic in her sons to position them for success in life. Jane was immensely proud of both her sons and was never afraid to tell anyone who would listen! She was also extremely close with the rest of her family, especially her parents, and always loved socializing at family gatherings. In her later years, she cherished the time she had with her granddaughter.
In addition to family, Jane prioritized her faith. She was a proud Episcopalian and an active member of Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth, Minnesota.
When she wasn't with her family, faith, or school, Jane enjoyed playing piano, music, and gardening. And with a strong sense of competition, Jane enjoyed playing cards and watching Minnesota sports (when they were winning).
Jane is survived by her husband, Barry Peter Rubin; her children Robert Arthur (Dr. Christine Stewart) Rubin and Dr. John Edwin Rubin; 1 granddaughter, Ella Stewart Rubin; 2 brothers Dr. John William (Jeanne) Faber and Thomas Edwin (Karla) Faber. She is preceded in death by her parents Dr. John Edwin Faber and Bernice Henrietta Faber (Frey); 1 brother Stephen Charles Faber and sister-in-law Patricia Alice Faber.
A funeral service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, February 25, 2023 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home (5421 Royal PL NW, Rochester, MN) with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Rubin family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
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I had the honor and privilege of knowing Jane in many facets of life, first in ECFE class and preschool at Tooterville that formed new true friendships among adults and children alike.
District 279 served both as our boys’ educational home K-12, but also the opportunity to make differences at our respective school sites. Jane also was very involved at the district level including District Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) where a chosen parent group studied and made significant recommendations to District 279 that were enacted benefitting ALL students in various positive ways. When Jane and Meg Roeske were teaching together at Osseo Adult Leaning Center, they asked me to volunteer there. It changed my life. Both volunteering and then licensed substitute teaching enabled me to work with a wonderful, compassionate caring staff, led by Julie Pierce —and her ducks! I saw firsthand Jane transform students new to our country lacking the skills and confidence to learn into changed people. Her mastery of teaching mainly subjects incl comprehensive phonics gave many students exactly the foundation they needed to move forward to the next classes/success in life. Students and staff alike loved Jane, incl me. I smile thinking of one of the highest compliments a teacher could ever receive at our center —which only Jane did. One of Jane’s students had a baby and not only named her Jane —but Jane Rubin as first and middle names.
RIP Jane. Forever grateful to have known you as any wonderful friend.
Grateful for Jane and her commitment to our Epiphany community. My prayers for peace and comfort for the family as they remember her and say good-bye.
Jane was such a kind person! She grew up across the street from us. We loved her parents too. At age 4 or 5 my brother often sat on the front step of her home with her then retired dear dad. They would chat about life, I suppose, and soak up its beauty together. After her parents passed, Jane chatted with me in our driveway about her fondness for her family home and how much she appreciated growing up in the neighborhood. Although I was too young to have grown up with her, she reached out with her kindness that day. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.
My name is Isabel Sarber,
i worked with Jane for a long time, we became friends as time went on. she & Barry came to my house a few time for dinner and they always had a wonderful time with all the guests and with Jesus and I. i will miss her with always having the smile and chats that we used to have about family & dogs. Her memories will leave on us and those who knew her with the dedication for the students. May her rest in peace.