Barbara Fortune - 78

12/28/1936 - 3/1/2015

Byron, IL

Barbara J. Fortune, 78, longtime Byron resident, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford. Born December 28, 1936 in Putnam County, Missouri the daughter of Hartley and Velma (Collins) Vorreiter and grew up on a farm there with five siblings. Married to James Fortune August 22, 1953 in Putnam County, Missouri. Barb was devoted to her family and loved to make crafts, work crossword puzzles and listen to Alan Jackson. Survived by her husband of 61 years, Jim Fortune of Byron; son, Brian (Glo) Fortune of Byron; daughters, Melody (Brad) Hedges and Rhonda (Jon) Gluck, both of Byron; grandchildren: Nicole (Ted Mosby) Fortune, Samantha (Jeremy) Schmitz, Rachel (Brian) Oracki, Andy (Kari Gilbertson) Fortune, Kyle Gluck, Savannah Gluck and Madelyn Gluck; 7 great grandchildren; sisters: Darlene James of Missouri, Phyllis (Jim) Hill of Iowa and Shelda (Frank) King of California; sister-in-law, Doloris Vorreiter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, a brother, a sister and granddaughter Meredith Ann Gluck. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday March 4 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Byron preceded by a visitation beginning at 1:00pm. Pastor Randy Snider of Cornerstone Family Church, Byron will officiate. Burial in Byron Cemetery. Memorials in Barb’s name may be made to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon. The family would like to thank the staff at Swedish-American Hospital for their care and compassion.


1-2PM Wed. March 4 in Byron funeral home


2PM Wed. March 4 in Byron funeral home

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