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Barbara Ann Fortin

January 10, 2022


Barbara Ann Fortin, 87, formerly of Somerset, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on January 10, 2022. She was the wife of the late Joseph A.G. Fortin.

Barbara was born in Fall River and was the daughter of the late Robert Pemberton and Mary (Holden) Pemberton.

Mrs. Fortin was a lifelong resident of the south coast and a longtime communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Swansea. Her faith and family came above all else for Barbara, something she instilled in her family. Barbara cherished the many moments she spent with her children and grandchildren, whether it was day trips with the children to Lincoln Park or Rocky Point, trips to New Hampshire and Vermont with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, or hosting annual holiday gatherings in her home, everyone was always welcome. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading novels, and watching sports. Her favorite team was the New York Yankees. She will be fondly remembered by her family as everyone’s “Nana”, a compassionate and giving woman who prayed for everyone and was always thinking of others. Right up until she became sick last year she was still very much involved in helping to care for her great grandchildren and attending their extracurricular activities. She loved to be involved in everything and enjoyed going to cheer them on. Her biggest wish after becoming sick was to meet her newest great grandson, who was born in November.

She is survived by her children, Donald Fortin and his wife Genna of Somerset, Gary Fortin and his wife Teresa, Barbara M. Fortin and Tina Rosenstein all of Swansea; sister, Joan Daley of WA; daughter in laws Kimberly, Arlene and Geralyn Fortin; fourteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was the mother of the late Jeffrey, David and Robert Fortin and sister of the late Robert Pemberton.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Monday, January 17, 2022 from 4-7pm in the Hathaway Community Home for Funerals, 900 Buffinton St., Somerset.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 18th at 9amfrom the funeral home, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 530 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea.

Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River.

****Masks are required while in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society

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January 17, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hathaway Community Home For Funerals
900 Buffinton Street
Somerset, MA 02726

Funeral Mass
January 18, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Francis of Assisi Church
530 Gardner's Neck Road
Swansea, MA 02777

January 18, 2022

Oak Grove Cemetery
765 Prospect Street
Fall River, MA 02720


American Cancer Society (Web Site)
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

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