Therese M. Fortier\r\n1927 -2018\r\n\r\nWinslow - Therese passed away peacefully at home, with family by her side, at the age of 91, on June 5, after a long illness.\r\nTherese was born on May 5, 1927 in St. Come, Canada, the daughter of Mathias and Marie-Anne Belanger (Jacques).\r\n Therese married Antonio Fortier on Sept. 6, 1948 and was blessed to have 61 very happy years together until he passed in 2009.\r\nTherese worked at Hathaway prior to raising her family. She made many new friends when she opened the area's first clothing consignment store, "Terry's Thrift Shop," on College Avenue in Waterville. She was an excellent seamstress and kept her young family in the latest fashions as well as her granddaughter's Barbie and Ken dolls. \r\nTherese was a very loving and caring wife and mother, always putting her family first. She was an outstanding cook, much to the delight of those who attended her Sunday diners. She also enjoyed fishing, playing cards, gardening, and cake decorating. \r\nShe was predeceased by her husband, Antonio Fortier, her brothers Stanley and Gregoire Belanger, and her sisters Ann Guillemette and Marguerite Douin.\r\nShe is survived by her three children, Roger Fortier, Elaine and husband Roy Stinneford, and Steven Fortier and wife Brenda. Three grandchildren, Ericka and husband David Puccio, Jean-Luc and Danielle Fortier, and one great grandson, Max Puccio. Three brothers: John Belanger and wife Denise, Henry Belanger, and Gerard Belanger and wife Marlene. Brothers-in-law: Norman Fortier and Joseph Douin, as well as several nieces and nephews. \r\n \r\nThe family would like to express special thanks to all of her caregivers over the years, especially the ones who helped the longest, Adeeba, Danielle, Sue, and Sarah. Thanks to her neighbors, Marc and Sarah Sirois and Dennis and Shiela Brockway, for all their help over the years. \r\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 14 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville. Burial will follow in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com\r\nIn lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in her memory, to: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, 304 Upper Main Street, Waterville, ME, 04907.