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Delores Fortes

January 22, 1930 - June 22, 2024

Delores Annette Fortes, 94, of Hamden passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 22 at Yale New Haven Hospital with family at her side. She was born on January 22, 1930 to the late Alonzo and Hazel Jones. She was the beloved wife of Antonio Joseph Fortes who predeceased her in March of 1998.

Delores lived in the New Haven area her whole life.  For the last twenty years or so, she lived just down the street from Grace and St John’s on Whitney Avenue, and originally chose the church because it was within walking distance but she stayed because she found a warm and welcoming community

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She worked for many years in New Haven in sales, going back to the old Shartenberg's Department Store, Lerners, Rock-a-Bye, Unique Boutique, and retired from Beauty Plus. She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and attending outdoor events with her friends in downtown Hamden. Delores was a regular at parish activities such as Dinner for a Dollar, picnics and dinners, and the Older and Wiser luncheons, as well as worship on Sunday. A woman with a gentle and warm personality, she was known for never forgetting a birthday, anniversary, Mother or Father's Day celebration of any of her family or friends. You could always be sure to receive a card and/or phone call.

Mother of Stephan Fortes (Edith) and Lisa Harrell (the late Walter Harrell). Grandmother of Tiffany Eager (David). She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The funeral was held on Monday, July 1, at Grace and St John's, followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.

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