June 6, 1925 - February 6, 2022
Mary Lou Fortney, age 96, of Visalia, passed away on February 6, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1925, she was the youngest of nine children: five sisters, and four brothers. All of whom preceded her in death. Her mother passed away when she was two years old; her father passed away in 1972. In 1945 she met and married her husband, Ray, who was in the Navy and stationed at Brooklyn Naval Shipyard. They were married for 66 years until he passed away in 2010. In 1951 they moved to Visalia with their two young children, Ray and Karen; joining Mary Lou's two older sisters who had earlier moved to Visalia. Eventually all her sisters, a brother, and her father, Ernest Giordano, moved to and lived in Visalia. In 1956 their third child, Phil, was born in Visalia. Mary Lou was a "stay-at-home" Mom who helped her husband with his painting business as his bookkeeper and secretary. She also worked as a volunteer at George McCann Elementary School where her children were schooled. When her children were older, she worked at JC Penny in the stockroom; a job she enjoyed immensely. Her house on Bridge St. was always open to friends and family, especially the young friends of her three children and later her grandchildren. She loved music, a good book, dancing and just being with her husband and family. She especially enjoyed visiting the central coast at Pismo Beach. She is survived by her three children: Ray, Karen Gray, Phil and his wife Jodi; and six grandchildren and three great grandchildren all of whom knew how much she loved them and enjoyed being around them. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews in California and New York. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on March 4 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Visalia, followed by burial at the Visalia Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel. Memorial Tributes and condolences may be offered by logging onto www.salseranddillard.com.
Mary Lou Fortney, age 96, of Visalia, passed away on February 6, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1925, she was the youngest of nine children: five sisters, and four brothers. All of whom preceded her in death. Her mother passed away when she... View Obituary & Service Information
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