Madonna’s Grandmother, Elsie Fortin, Passes Away At Age 99

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madonna Madonnas Grandmother, Elsie Fortin, Passes Away At Age 99

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[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Madonna[/lastfm]‘s maternal grandmother, Elsie Mae Fortin, has passed away at her home at the age of 99. She was just 3 months shy of her 100th birthday.

According to her obituary, Fortin was a long-time resident of Bay City, Michigan and well-respected for her strong Catholic devotion and charitable work.

Biography.com reveals that Madonna lost her mother, Fortin’s daughter, also named Madonna, to breast cancer when she was just four years old in 1963.

A funeral will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Bay City, Michigan.

We extend our sympathies to all 97 descendants of Elsie Fortin.

A description of Fortin taken from her obituary:

“She was a touchstone in the lives of so very many. She was a gentle soul who listened without judgment and offered comfort, care, and always a home-cooked meal- there were no strangers to her. Elsie’s kitchen table was a safe-haven and gathering hub for her children, their friends and families; to countless visiting grandchildren, cousins, spouses, longtime neighbors, and family friends. There was bacon, something sweet, and always more coffee at the ready; during the holidays there was meat pie, and occasionally the olive martini. She was regarded as second mother to many regardless of relation. Right to the end, she kept in touch with the concerns and details of her 97 descendants and their ever-changing lives. Up until Sunday of this week she was taking visitors, listening to Glenn Miller, and Skyping with distant family. Though she lived her entire life within 40 miles of her birthplace and seldom traveled outside of Michigan”

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