Kathryn F. Fortener, 79 of Hammond, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur E. Fortener who passed away November 25, 2015. She is survived by four children, Timothy O’Keefe, Ronald (Jewell) Fortener, Gayle (Donald) Demro and Paula (David) Cunningham; four grandchildren, Angie (Chris) Chinn, Nathan (Tara) Fortener, Tommy Cunningham and Paul (Marissa) Demro; nine great grandchildren; sister, Jane (late Tom) Davenport; lifelong friend, Ken Davenport; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:00pm at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting with the Rev. Stanley J. Dominik, officiating; visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 2:00pm to time of service; visitation and services will be live-streamed at Evt.live/baranfuneralhome/Kathryn-f-fortener-n-e-regan. (Due to the current health situation a limitation of 25 people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time, face masks must be worn, social distancing is expected and temperatures will be taken.) Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.
Kathy Fortener was born on October 25, 1941 to John and Violet Regan. She was a graduate of Whiting High School, Class of 1959 and was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Whiting. An avid reader, Kathy enjoyed arts and crafts, traveling with her husband and the time spent together in retirement at their home in Kentucky. Devoted to her family, Kathy will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the cancer charity of your choice, would be appreciated.
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