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DENNIS D. FORTENBERRY - COLCHESTER - Dennis D. Fortenberry, 76, passed away in Fletcher Allen Health Care on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, surrounded by family. Dennis was born in Jackson, Miss., on July 15, 1936. On May 19, 1962, he married Theresa Kubik of Buffalo, N.Y., and had one daughter, Linda Fortenberry Terrien. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps on active duty for nine years and during this time worked as a cryptographer and teletype operator and continued to serve through the United States Marine Corps Reserves for an additional 31 years, retiring with the rank of Sgt. Major. He was employed by the United States Government as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service and in retirement did seasonal tax work for KPMG. He lived in Jamestown, N.Y., for 25 years before moving to Vermont to be near his daughter and grand- children. While living in Jamestown, N.Y., he served the Western New York Roman Catholic Diocese as director of Catholic Charities. While in Vermont, Dennis spent many hours coordinating the Vermont Toys for Kids Program, was an active member of the American Legion Post 91, and a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Dennis enjoyed fishing, coin and stamp collecting, cribbage and watching sporting events. Dennis will always be known for his gentle southern drawl and unfailing love and loyalty for his family. His constant support and presence at his granddaughters' events will be greatly missed, as well as his sincere parting words on every occasion, "If you need anything, just holler." Dennis was predeceased by sisters, Ann Grant and Dorothy Purvis; and brother, Dallas Fortenberry. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Fortenberry; his daughter, Linda Terrien; and granddaughters, Audrey and Lucy Terrien, all of Colchester; brother, Albert Fortenberry, of Jackson, Miss.; sister, Mary Patterson, of Dallas, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the many health care professionals involved in his care over the years, especially Dr. Chris Hebert, Laura Howland, RN of FAHC Cardiac Rehab for treating him like family, and Dr. Ed Terrien. We would like to acknowledge the compassionate and professional care of the FAHC emergency room staff and the Colchester Rescue team responders. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St. in Winooski. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Colchester. Interment will be at Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101; or Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 (, a program dedicated to the physical and emotional recovery of those wounded while serving our country.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2013
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