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Catherine Fortin

The death of Catherine Jean (Baker) Fortin of Middlebury, Indiana and formerly of Saint John (South Bay), New Brunswick, daughter of the late James Walker and Gerna Baker, occurred on June 8, 2016 in Indiana.

A 1965 graduate of the Saint John School of Nursing, Catherine's career took her to Richmond, Virginia, where she met her husband of 43 years Bruce A. Fortin. A Master Gardener, Catherine was very active in the Michiana Master Gardeners Association. She was a masterful knitter, enjoyed gardening, wildlife, feeding her birds, skiing, and entertaining. Her warm and welcoming personality will be remembered by all who were lucky enough to dine at her table. Catherine brought extra enjoyment to every occasion. Her love for children was demonstrated by her caring for the Cawood children for 18 years and her two grandchildren Jenna and Drew.

Besides her husband, Catherine is survived by her daughter Sara Fortin of Virginia Beach, VA, her son Paul (Alyson) Fortin of Middlebury, and her two grandchildren Jenna and Drew Fortin, who were very fortunate to call her Nana. She is also survived by her sister–in–law Anne Baker of South Bay, her nieces and nephew Amy, Chelsea and Jamie, as well as several cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Jim Baker.

Family and friends may gather at Stemm–Lawson–Peterson Funeral Home on June 12th from 2 to 6 pm for visitation. A funeral service will be held on June 13th at Hillcrest United Methodist Church at 11 am, where there will be an hour visitation prior to the service.

Memorials may be given to the Hillcrest UMC Memorial Fund or Southern Care Hospice.

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