Jerode Majella Dean, 84, passed away April 8 surrounded by family.

Jerode was born in Portland to Joseph and Mary (McConnell) Dean, the youngest of seven children. She was a beloved sister, aunt, and friend. Her zest for life, ready sense of humor, and kind support will be missed immensely. She was raised in Holy Redeemer Parish and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, Marylhurst College, and Oregon College of Education in Monmouth.

Jerode was a devoted teacher to students with special needs throughout her career, and many stayed in touch with her regularly over the years. She taught in Oregon, Idaho, Germany, and France, and maintained a lifetime friendship with people she met overseas. She retired from Wilson High School in Portland and then volunteered at The Grotto and Multnomah Falls. An avid traveler and reader, she also enjoyed playing cards and successfully played any hand she was dealt. Jerode took great pride in her Irish heritage and was the “fun” aunt who hosted joyous annual Christmas Eve gatherings for the whole family.

Jerode is survived by her sister, Ruth Davidson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Joan Dean, Rosemary Nash, Tom Dean, Father Thad Dean and Molly Woods.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerode’s name to The Grotto (thegrotto.org) are welcome and appreciated. They will go toward maintaining the beautiful grounds.