May 31, 1937 - Oct. 13, 2013
MariAna Sylvia Fortier, 76, died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 13. She was born on May 31, 1937 in Hermosillo, Mexico. She moved with her family to Vallejo in 1941 and completed high school at St Vincent's High School where she was also the church organist. She attended Holy Names College in Oakland and graduated with a degree in education and music. She married her beloved husband, Edward John Fortier in 1959 at St. Vincent's Ferrer Catholic Church, and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage with family and friends.
Sylvia taught elementary school and junior high school Spanish for 36 years in Pinole, developing an innovative curriculum to teach Spanish through arts, culture and history. She became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1977 and served as an organist, Sunday School teacher, Spanish interpreter, and in the leadership of the Relief Society.
Sylvia loved going to art shows, reading, listening to classical music, and attending the theatre. Her taste for good food was ethnically diverse, from tamales to Thai food to Japanese crackers, and she especially liked going to the House of Prime Rib for celebratory dinners. She loved Disneyland and spending time with her grandchildren, especially when it meant visiting them in England, France or Italy. She enjoyed her years of teaching younger children and earned the respect of energetic 7th graders as she introduced them to a higher standard of learning and conduct.
She pursued everything she did with tenacity and resolve, and fought for what she believed in, earning an award with her husband from Solano County Legal Assistance. She had a huge place in her heart for others, and was tireless as a caregiver and concerned wife, daughter, mother and grandmother. Her passion for life was an inspiration to all, and she will be greatly missed.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her brother, Martin and her parents, Manuel F. Puebla and Julia P. Puebla. She is survived by her husband; children, Julia, Mark, and Etienne; grandchildren, Maya, Nicolas, Isabella, Kela, Leo, and Nathan; and her brother, Manuel S. Puebla.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 110 Los Santos Ct., Vallejo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the LDS Missionary Fund, http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/missionary.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Oct. 18, 2013