M.S. Gloria Fortin, 87

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AUBURN — M.S. Gloria Fortin, 87, formerly of Brunswick, died Jan. 7 at Hospice House in Auburn.

Born in Brunswick on April 18, 1924, she was a daughter of Ludger and Laura Bard Fortin. She attended St. John’s School and Brunswick High School, graduating in 1942.

During World War II, she was among the first group of women to work in the shipyard at Bath Iron Works. Following the war she was employed in the office of Verney Mills in Brunswick for nine years and was later a secretary at Bath Iron Works until her retirement in 1988.

After retiring she became a volunteer at Midcoast Hospital and St. John’s Parish, and was a part of the Running Start Program for 21 years.

She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella, and she also held several offices in the Father Remy Circle after joining in 1948.

She was predeceased by her parents; her oldest brother Fulgence and his wife Fredericka; a nephew, Stephen, and a niece, Estella.

She is survived by her sister Prudence Brandenburg and her husband Robert of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers Regis and his wife Mamie of Bath, and Reginald and his wife Pauline of Sabattus; 11 nieces and nephews; and many grand nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held on Jan. 11, with the Daughters of Isabella reciting prayers, at the Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 12 at St. John the Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in Fortin’s name to St. John’s School Scholarship Fund, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, Me 04011.

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