Priscilla Fortiner

Priscilla Ann Fortiner, born June 21, 1939, passed away on July 16, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Priscilla was a longtime resident of South Pierce County and was a dedicated teacher at Eatonville Elementary School. Priscilla was born in Rochester, NY and moved to the country outside of Rochester when she was 4. She attended school in a one room school house, with no running water in Chili, NY. In 1958, Priscilla met Robert Fortiner (1934 - 1998). They were married in 1959. Robert was an M.D. in the military, and after being stationed at Fort Lewis, the young Fortiner couple decided to settle in Tacoma, WA and start a family. Priscilla taught at Eatonville Elementary School for 15 years. Over her life, Priscilla lived all over South Pierce County, (Tacoma, Roy, Spanaway and Puyallup). But she truly loved being at her cabin on Anderson Island, where she delighted in sailing, rowing, walking and congregating with family and friends. Priscilla was an avid traveler, visiting Europe, India, Africa, Florida, Montana, Texas, New York and many others. Priscilla is survived by her sister, Diane Hall; daughter Elise Barker (Tom); daughter Annelise Torgerson (Justin); son John Fortiner (Stacie); and six grandchildren, Max and Julia Barker; Nikolas and Kristofer Torgerson; Serafina and Jakob Fortiner. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland, WA on Saturday, August 15th at 10:00am, immediately followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers you may consider donating to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, attention: donations, PO Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109 or online at by selecting "fund designated by familyGÇ¥ or "Dr. Gadi's ResearchGÇ¥ under the Designation field.


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