July 21, 2015
Benjamin Fortunato, a lifelong resident of the Bunker Hill Section of Scranton, died Tuesday afternoon in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at the Geisinger Community medical center after an illness. His wife was the former Alice Mayers who died in 2009. At the time of her passing the couple had been married 55 years.
Born in Bunker Hill in 1931, he was the son of the late Antonio and Angelina DeSanto Fortunato. He attended Scranton Technical High School and Lackawanna Junior College. He was of the Catholic faith. Prior to his retirement Ben had been employed the Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was a United States Navy veteran.
Ben was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed working on old cars. He loved spending time with his family, as they did with him, and also at the Honky Tonk as well as Chick’s Diner.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to VNA Hospice for the kindness and care provided to Ben during his final days.
Surviving are sons Gerard and his wife Pat of Scranton and Benny of Dunmore; grandchildren Kristie Fortunato, Candice Gonzalez, Nicole Christiano and Michael Fortunato; eight great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister Rachelle Bianchi Paulic and brothers Freddie and Anthony.
The funeral will be Friday at 8:50am from the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:30am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton by Rev. Joseph F. Cipriano.
Friends may call Thursday from 4-7pm.
Interment with Military Honors in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.
For directions, to share a memory or to leave a condolence please visit www.vanstonandjames.com.