648 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6226
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Irene Fortier

Irene M. Fortier (Cournoyer)

Saturday, December 31st, 1927 - Sunday, August 23rd, 2020
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Irene M. (Cournoyer) Fortier, 92, of Shrewsbury, MA passed away peacefully on Sunday August, 23, 2020 at the Residence of Orchard Grove.

Born and raised in Worcester, Irene was one of two daughters of the late Edward J. and Flora M. (Ethier) Cournoyer. She was a graduate of Commerce High School, Class of 1947. She was married to the love of her life, the late Raymond A. Fortier. The couple lived in Worcester, moving to Shrewsbury in 1988.

Irene was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She enjoyed dancing and traveling with her husband, shopping and decorating her home. She was a great cook and loved to entertain, always the life of the party. In her earlier years, she especially loved spending time at the beach with her family.

Irene is survived by her sons, Stephen E. Fortier and his wife Maureen A. (McGrath), of Port Charlotte, FL and Wells, ME; and Paul R. Fortier, of Boston, MA and Palm Springs, CA; her grandson Jason R Fortier of Worcester, MA. Irene was also predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Burnham.

Her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Irene's family between 9:30 and 10:30 AM on Tuesday September 1, 2020 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA, followed by her Funeral Mass, which will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary's Church, 640 Main St, Shrewsbury, Ma. Burial will be with her husband in Mountain View Cemetery. Masks will be required at the funeral home, church, and cemetery, and social distancing measures will be taken as well.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home
    648 Main Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
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  • Service

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 11:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    17 Waterville Street
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  • Interment

    Mountain View Cemetery
    Boylston Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
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Kelly Finneran

Posted at 07:39pm
My sincere condolences on the passing of Irene. I had the blessing of being her neighbor at Harrington Farms for many , many years. I always think I Irene when I happen to leave my garage door open at night as she would look across the street and call to remind me! We often had many chats as we met in the driveway on trash days. I have missed her as a neighbor since she moved to Orchard Grove. May she rest in peace.

Mary Sulzer (Family Tree Home Care)

Posted at 09:31am
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Irene. As a home healthcare aide, I saw Irene once a week from 6/19-2/20, then was unable to see her due to Corona restrictions. Irene was great fun. She was so very meticulous when it came to personal style. I nicknamed her Coco Chanel, which she loved!
Although we rarely left her apt during visits, I have no doubt she had the best organized closets and drawers of anyone at Orchard Grove! She spoke of her family often and enjoyed their visits. Just a lovely person, I will miss her.

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