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Carol E Fortlage

September 6, 1929 — January 2, 2020

Carol Elaine Fortlage (nee Eger) age 90, passed away January 2, 2020 at the David Simpson Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Carol was born September 6, 1929 in Cleveland Ohio to Karl and Elizabeth (Falk) Eger. Carol was a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School and also attended Stephen's College in Columbia Missouri.

Carol's faith in God was a big part of her life. She most recently was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Lyndhurst, but was a long-standing member of Grace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights. In Both churches she was involved in many organizations such as the Alter Guild at Grace and the Faith Circle at Messiah.

Carol married her beloved husband Donald James Fortlage in 1952 and they had 37 years of family faith and fun.

Carol and Don enjoyed many years of traveling with 4 other couples from Grace Lutheran Church with whom they had lifelong friendships and lots of fun. Carol and Don also spent many weekends at their family cottage enjoying time relaxing, socializing with other community members, as well as having gatherings for friends and family.

After her husband passed in 1989 her life continued to be full with family, friends and new friends she made in her Chapter Two support group. Many things she enjoyed were playing bridge, being in the bell choir at Grace Lutheran Church, and bowling in a league every Tuesday right through her 89th year.
Carol was blessed with robust good health up until mere months before she passed, driving herself to many luncheons with her beloved church groups.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband Donald James Fortlage, and survived by her son Bradley Fortlage, her daughter Leslie Fortlage and daughter in law Sandi Griffith, her son Steve Fortlage, her brother Charles Eger, her sister Janet Erml (nee Eger), brother in law Victor Erml, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Private Interment Whitehaven Cemetery. Funeral Services 10 am Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5200 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst, 44124, where friends may call from 9 am until time of service, with small reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either the Red Cross or The American Cancer Society.
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