Carolyn Ann Theresa Gillman Fortner

Carolyn Ann Theresa Gillman Fortner

02-08-1936 - 12-20-2020

Carolyn Ann Theresa Gillman Fortner

02-08-1936 - 12-20-2020


Carolyn Ann Theresa Gillman Fortner


February 8,1936-December 20,2020

Carol was born to Ruth (Halpin) Gillman and Elden Gillman in Marine City, Michigan.She attended Red Brick and Holy Cross schools. Carol married the love of her life, Earl Leon Fortner, at Holy Cross on May 8, 1954. The couple started their life together on Springborn Road, and had their two daughters, Susan and Sandy.


Carol’s passions were oil painting, playing poker with her family and antiquing. Carol ran her antique business, “Carol’s Antiques and Treasures”, for over 30 years.


Carol was preceded in death by her husband Earl and her brothers, John Gillman and Michael Gillman.

Carol is survived by her two daughters, Susan Layman and Sandy Fortner, son-in-law David Layman,grandchildren, Sarah Page (Keith), Kate Layman, Jessica Solano-Fortner, Earl Solano-Fortner, great grandson, John Johnson, sister-in-law Mary Gillman, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

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14 responses to Carolyn Ann Theresa Gillman Fortner

  1. Sandy says:

    Love and miss you Mom.

    1. So very sorry Sandy

  2. Susan Layman says:

    Love you mom

    1. So very sorry, Susan

  3. Sweet Carol – dear friend – you sure will be missed! Just received your darling Christmas card and it set me to thinking of all of the fun times Jerry and I had with you and Earl.

    May you enjoy the casinos in heaven, and riding your horse among the clouds. This is how I will think of you going forward. Riding and having such fun. Rest in Peace Carol.

  4. Heaven has another angel in its midst. Sending thoughts and prayers.

  5. TFordt says:

    Knowing Aunt Carol will be with her loving husband brings peace, but will deeply miss her here. Prayers and love to family.

  6. So many great memories….I had forgotten about the many poker games around our kitchen table! Love you all.

  7. lova njuguna says:

    To Sandy and Susan and all the kids, sorry you have lost your Mom and Grandmom.

  8. Will miss you Carol.

  9. Carol will be deeply missed, we painted together for years, went to many art events and classes. I would stop by at the Fortner’s home many times many times on my walks, and visit with Carol & Earl. I lost a good friend. My sincere condolences to her whole family.

  10. So very sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet lady

  11. So sorry. Now Carol can be with Earl and visit with my mom and dad in heaven. Such a wonderful and thoughtful woman.

  12. Wayne Kuster says:

    Carol was a very nice person to visit with. Her and Earl were just really good people. It’s so sad. Blessings to their family.

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