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Annette Fabrican, 87, a registered nurse who was a founder of the Ivyridge Nursing Home in Roxborough, died Feb. 7 at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, in Santa Monica, Ca., where she was a resident. She resided in Philadelphia until the age of 83.
Fabrican, with husband, Edward L. Fabrican, a pharmacist and chemist, started Ivyridge Nursing Home at 5627 Ridge Ave. in 1954. They began with 48 patients and grew to accommodate 52. If a nurse called in sick, Annette Fabrican worked the shift.
A graduate of the Philadelphia General Hospital, she also had four years of experience as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II.
The couple ran the home together until 1966, when Edward died. Annette served as nursing-home administrator until 1986, when she sold the business, having run it by herself for two decades.
Fabrican entered a Philadelphia nursing home in March 2002 for rehabilitation after surgery. She was not able to live independently after that, and thus remained in long-term nursing-home care. Her daughter, Susan Fabrican, moved her to a residence near her in California in May 2002.
Fabrican was featured in a story in the June 14, 1998 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer's Lifestyle section about her 80th birthday celebration.
She donated her body to the University of Southern California Anatomical Gift Program.
In addition to her daughter, Fabrican is survived by sons Berl Fabrican and Ben Fabrican, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions can be made to: The Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035-4231.