Florence Aline Fortsch
Florence Aline Fortsch, 91, passed away March 15, 2005, in Mesa, Ariz., where she had lived for 12 years. She was born March 27, 1913, in Grand Junction, the youngest of five girls, to Parker Julius and Metta Laverna (Vernie) Cheedle. She attended school in Grand Junction, graduating from high school in 1931, and attended one year at Mesa College. She married Charlie F. (Jake) Fortsch on Dec. 31, 1933, and had two children, Edward Mark and Janice Ann. In 1945, the family moved to Glenwood Springs and were active in the First Presbyterian Church. Florence and Jake enjoyed square dancing, ballroom dancing, working with youth, get-togethers with the extended family and friends, and the Masonic Lodge/Eastern Star. Florence was a Worthy Matron of the Erica Chapter No. 89 in Glenwood Springs. Following the death of her husband in 1983, Florence moved back to Grand Junction for several years while wintering in Arizona; then she moved to Mesa to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She is survived by her son, Mark Fortsch, and her daughter, Jan Peterson; two grandchildren, Susan Goubert and Troy Fortsch; and two great-grandchildren, Sean and Ronald Goubert. Florence was preceded in death by sisters Lillie McCoy, Roxana Hair, Esther Cheedle, and Ruth Waldref; and her husband. The memorial service was held May 6, at the First Presbyterian Church in Mesa. An Eastern Star burial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 8 in the Grand Junction municipal cemetery.
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