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Ilse G. Fortson

October 18, 1931 — September 13, 2022


Ilse G. Fortson

Ilse G. Fortson, of Fayetteville, passed away on September 13, 2022. 

She was surrounded by the company and support of her family and friends in the comfort of her home.

Ilse was the widowed wife of Herman C. Fortson.

She is survived by her sister Inge Baum, sons Maurice Fortson, Rick Fortson, and Otha Goerke, her daughters-in-law, Denise Schunk Fortson, Shena Ross-Fortson, Gaby Goerke, her grandchildren Michelle Fortson, Andrew Ross-Fortson, Austin Ross-Fortson, Aaron Ross-Fortson, Shawn Ross, Geneva Chrisman, Edward Chrisman, grandson-in-law Dwayne Pittman and great granddaughter Marie Pittman.

Mrs. Ilse Fortson was born in West Prussia, during a time when Europe was in turmoil.  As the Russian onslaught pushed westward into German territory, Ilse and her sister fled to the port of Gotenhaffen aboard a refugee ship, the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, which took them to Denmark.  On 30 January 1945, a Russian torpedo hit and sunk the Gustloff and forced them to abandon the ship into the Baltic Sea.  Mrs. Fortson and her sister survived and were eventually transported back to shore.  

Mrs. Isle Fortson possessed traits that allowed her to endure and survive harsh times in her early childhood, which her family inherited, ensuring they would have proper upbringing for themselves and future generations with the mindset of never quitting.

Ilse’s family will welcome friends from 5 to 7pm, on Friday, September 16, 2022, at Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory.



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Friday, September 16, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Sullivan's Highland Funeral Service

610 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301

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