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November 20, 1939 - April 10, 2021

A service is not scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made as a contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, or to a reputable children’s charity of your choice.

Sondra “Sandy” Ann (Armstrong) Fortier

1 Corinthians 13:4
“Love is patient, love is kind.”

Sondra Ann Fortier, 81, went home to heaven Saturday, April 10th, at Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach, FL. Sondra was born in Rome, New York on November 20, 1939, and was also a resident of Cape Canaveral and Jacksonville, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Fortier; parents, Stuart and Pearl Armstrong; brothers, Robert and Ronald Armstrong; sister, Eileen Millson; and her stepson William Fortier, Jr.

Sondra is survived by her children Lauri (Doug) Wampler, Merritt Island, FL; Renee Fellone, Jacksonville, FL; Joseph (Sue) Metzger, Vernon, NY; her adopted great-grandaughter, Nevaeh Fortier, Jacksonville; her stepchildren, James Fortier, Michelle Knibbs, Lisa Elman, and Stephen Fortier; and her first husband Joseph D. Metzger, Jr., Lee Center, NY. She has several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Sandy was a loving, kind, and patient person. If she was ever upset or angry, you would never be able to tell. She had an easygoing, positive nature and a never-ending level of patience. She always said “If you can’t say anything nice, do not say anything at all!” and “Everything happens for a reason” and could find the good in everything and everyone. She always tried to help out in any way she could, from taking care of children that needed extra love, to volunteering at school functions, making costumes, baking, as well as her role as a Girl Scout Troop leader.

Along with being devoted to her children, she loved growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers and had a passion for gardening. After her “crops” were ready, she would start canning and freezing so that her family could have fresh vegetables during the cold New York winters. She also loved to go blueberry and strawberry picking, dragging her reluctant children along (admittedly, they loved eating them!). She was a very talented seamstress and also loved to knit (her “therapy”). After raising her children, she went to work for the State Hospital in Marcy, NY, taking care of patients. She retired with her husband to Cape Canaveral, where she worked for Publix and enjoyed her long walks on the beach and collecting seashells.

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