In Memory of

Gloria Ann Fortner

September 6, 1952 - September 9, 2022
From: Cherokee, IA

Gloria Ann Fortner, the daughter of James and Mary “Tiny” (Gordon) Gill, was born September 6, 1952, in Cherokee, IA. Her childhood years were spent on the farm west of Meriden, IA, where she attended school and graduated from Meriden-Cleghorn High School in 1970. Gloria worked at the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, IA, and then Sioux Valley Health in Sioux Falls for more than 20 years.

On April 6, 1990, she was united in marriage to Larry Fortner in Sioux Falls. They moved to Arizona in 1999, and she worked at Sanderson’s Ford. Gloria also enjoyed her “fun job” at State Farm Stadium where she assisted fans to there seat for the Arizona Cardinals games. She even got to attend a Super Bowl, several music concerts, and other activities while working there. Following Larry’s death on April 19, 2019, she moved back to Cherokee to be closer to family.

Gloria was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. She was active in many activities and loved helping people. She also would volunteer to assist anyway she could, often times not even knowing what she was volunteering for. She enjoyed golf, activities at the Wellness Center while making new friends, and traveling with her family. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews.

On Friday, September 9, 2022, Gloria passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA, following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Fortner; parents, James and Tiny Gill; and sister, Georgia Gill.

She will lovingly be remembered by her  step-daughter, Michelle (Cameron) Danzinger of Missoula, MT; step-grandsons, Brayden and Bryson Danzinger; sister, Gayle (Kenny) George of Meriden, IA; brother, Greg (Lorri) Gill of Meriden, IA, nieces, Renee (Clint) Von Glan of Vail, IA, Katie Gill of Sioux City, IA, nephews, Ryan (Billie) George of San Diego, CA Jonathan (Carolina) George of Omaha, NE, and Gordon (Carrie ) Gill of Le Mars, and; great-nieces and nephews, Ben, Cody, and Tyson Von Glan, Kemper, Toby, and Tate George, Emilia George, and James Gill; also other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Daniel Rupp
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM
“Peace and blessings to Gloria’s family and friends! She was a special friend and we loved her! Thanks for sharing her with us! Phil and Linda Johnson”
- Phil and Linda Johnson
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. My children and I always thought of Gloria as a grandma. She was always smiling whenever we would come visit my mom and her at the apartments. My children and I called her grandma Gloria. She will be truly missed and loved by many. We will see each other again someday. The kids and i will miss you grandma Gloria.

Jennifer Jensen
Maddison & Brody”
- Jennifer Jensen
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM
“Met Larry and Gloria in 1999 when they moved to Arizona. Gloria was the best friend anyone could ask for - warm, kind, loving, helpful, and fun. I'll cherish our many, many memories and years together. My condolences to her family and friends whom she loved very much. ”
- Jean Noel
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM
“My deepest condolences to Gloria’s family. Especially Gayle and Kenny George family. I will always cherish the memories growing up with my cousin. I feel so blessed that I saw Gayle, Kenny, and Gloria a short month ago in Dubuque. You are all in our thoughts. Carol Cook and Ron Streight”
- Carol Cook
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM
“Sending sympathy to all of Gloria’s family!! Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories! May those beautiful memories help you thru this difficult time! ❤️💜”
- Cathy Guidarelli
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM
“Oh Gloria, I am sadden to hear if your passing. I will cherish the memories of the short time I knew you, our chats at Hyvee and especially the dinner date day before I moved out of Cherokee. I’m so thankful I have pictures to relive that memory. You enjoyed playing with my Grandson and I’ll miss sending you update pictures of him as he grows. Now you can watch him from Heaven
I love you & I will miss you dearly”
- Pattysue Flint
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 2:17 PM
“Our sympathy to Gloria's family. She was a wonderful neighbor and we will miss her.
- Fred and Arlene Hollenbeck
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 2:17 PM
“My deepest sympathy to the entire family…prayers for the peace that passes all understanding…🙏”
- Rhonda Vredenburg
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 2:17 PM
“My sympathy to the family.Gloria and I were good friends miss her so much already.She had a heart of gold was always there helping people out. Love you my friend”
- Rhonda jensen
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 2:17 PM
“I am sorry to hear about Gloria. She was a dear friend. I miss not seeing her more often. Praying for her family. ”
- Marilyn Winter
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 2:17 PM
“My condolences to Gloria's immediate family and friends. Such sudden, unexpected loss, like this, leaves such impact and pain. Gloria is in a wonderful place but those left behind grieve. Hold memories of Gloria close. I have great memories of family get together's and times with my cousin, Gloria. Gloria was a cousin to but also in my twin sister's class in school. My sisters have left, too. Maybe they are together again..Our memories are safe and lasting in our hearts. GOD bless...”
- Pamela Willert- Smith-Harrmann
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 2:17 PM
“Warren and I are so surprised and saddened to hear of Gloria's death. We spent many happy times together in Sun City with both Gloria ad Larry. May she rest in peace and we wish all your family our sympathies. Gaye and Warren Darling”
- Gaye and Warren Darling
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 2:17 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. May God be with you.”
- Debra Jorgensen
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