Mary Jean Fortino Church

Mary Jean Fortino ChurchMary Jean Fortino Church, 61, of Oswego died Saturday June 13, 2015 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. She was born in Oswego the daughter of the late Rocco and Grace (Murabito) Fortino. Jean attended St. Mary’s elementary school, and was a 1971 graduate of Oswego High School, and Home coming Queen her senior year at the high school. She was a 1975 graduate of SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor’s of Science degree, and in 1980 receiving her Master’s degree in reading education. Jean was a reading teacher with the Oswego City School District, where she taught at St. Mary’s, St. Paul’s and Catholic High School, Kingsford Park, and Fitzhugh. She was very well respected by her colleagues and worked as a reading teacher from 1975 until 2005. Jean had an abiding devotion to the children of Oswego whom she taught and, an affection for serving her community. She would often stay after school to help provide extra help to her students. Jean was active in the all school activities throughout her career. Jean was a volunteer for the Oswego Red Cross, the Cub Scouts and with the Oswego Children’s Board. She was a lifelong communicate of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, where she received her sacraments, and was married from. She would volunteer at St. Mary’s Bazaars and church events in Hopkins Hall. Her strong belief in God guided her through her life. Jean was a dedicated mother to her two sons and throughout their lives, and was often found providing encouragement at soccer, lacrosse, and other sporting and community events. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years Michael L. Church of Oswego and beloved sons Michael Church, and Christopher Church both of Oswego. In addition she is survived by her brother Francis (Nancy) Fortino of MA, her sister Anne Marie (Gary) Rubin of Lake George, and her longtime friend and cousin Judith (Michael) Kenefic of Oswego, uncles, aunts and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday 9:00 a.m. from the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego, and 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home 147 W. 4th. St. Oswego. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Oswego Children’s Board or a charity of your choice.

2 thoughts on “Mary Jean Fortino Church

  1. Ann, I am so sorry to hear that Jeanie died. Please know that I am thinking of you. I lost my brother about 13 years ago. It’s never easy when you lose a sibling. I often think of you and Gary. My prayers are with you. Charlene

  2. The world lost a wonderful person in Jeannie. She was one of the kindest and most sincere people anyone could know. I haven’t seem her for a number of years and just saw that she had passed on-line. My thoughts and prayers are w/her family.

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