Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, April 22, 2018

HOLYOKE, Mass. – Sister Dolores A. Fortier, 82, a member of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, passed away on Sept. 20, 2011, at Holyoke Hospital.

The daughter of Blanche A. (Marcoux) and Leoodore Fortier of Bristol, she was raised in Bristol and attended St. Ann School. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1947 and attended St. Joseph College in West Hartford.

She entered her religious community in 1948 in Quebec, Canada, and after two years was sent to the missions of Africa.

She spent the next 60 years serving in many capacities as a missionary in Algeria, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Most recently, she had done social work in Mombassa, Kenya, placing children whose parents had died from AIDS with family or foster parents.

She then retired to Providence Place in Holyoke, where she ministered to other residents.

Sister Dolores is survived by her brother Jim, her community in Providence; nieces Christopher and Mark; nieces Laurie, Mary and Jennifer; and many cousins. She was predeceased by her brothers, Gerard and Francis.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 23 at Providence Place. Burial followed in the sisters’ cemetery at Providence Place.