Fortier, Harry L., Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away Friday, July 2, 2010 at his home. Age 80 years. The son of the late Frederick and Edna (Smith) Fortier, Harry was born on November 23, 1929 in Ludington, Michigan. He married Donna Bentz, his loving wife of 59 years, September 30, 1950 in Ludington. She survives him. Harry served in the United States Army. Harry had been employed as an International Salesman for Dow Corning Corporation. During his lifetime, he had also been employed as a manger for Associated Truckline and worked for Kroger and Vescio. Harry was a Lay Minister for St. George Catholic Church and a member of its Men’s Club, Euchre Club, Ushers Club and Senior Club. Harry distributed communion at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #593, Jaycees of Ionia County. Harry enjoyed golfing, playing cards, traveling and volunteering at St. Mary’s of Michigan. Surviving besides his wife Donna are six sons and two daughters, Harry Lee (Debbie) Fortier, Saginaw; Cynthia (Roger) Tominski, Ludington; William (Kathi) Fortier, St. Charles; Gerard (Kathy) Fortier, Midland; Paul Fortier, Saginaw; Michelle (Keith) Williams; East Jordan; Matthew (Kirsten) Fortier, Beaverton; Thomas Fortier, Saginaw; daughter-in-law, Brenda Fortier, Fredericksburg,Virgina; 27 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister, Bob (Judy) Fortier, Wayne Fortier and Rachel (Doug) Beadle; many nieces and nephews. Harry was predeceased by a son, Craig Fortier on October 11, 2006; three brothers and two sisters, Frederick Fortier, Barbara Flores, Howard Fortier, Marie DeSota, Ed Fortier. Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at St. George Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Reginaldo Salcedo will officiate. Interment will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors provided by V.F.W. Post #1859. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Knights of Columbus Council #593 will pray the Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and there will be a Vigil Service at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Ss. Casimir and George Catholic Church, Luther Manor or St. Mary’s of Michigan Hospital.