Beverly — Louise M. (Witham) Fortunato, passed on June 6, 2013. Louise was born, one of 10 children of Zebulan and Annie Witham in Ipswich, Mass. Louise lived in Ipswich through her junior year of high school when her family relocated to North Reading. She graduated and was employed by the school superintendent's office.
She married and raised her children in Beverly for 30 years. She also cared for her parents in her home at this time. Louise was always caring and concerned for her friends and family. She moved to Topsfield, where she was active in the LaSallete community. She also enjoyed gardening, swimming, hiking and religious pursuits, and shared these passions with her family. Louise is survived by two sisters, Kay Birkmaier and Pat Crosby; by her two sons, Donald Fortunato and wife, Lorraine, and Ronald Fortunato; two daughters, Donna Gauthier and husband, Ronald, and Joanne Vallone and husband, Michael. She was predeceased by her brothers, Fred, Eddie and Charlie Witham; and sisters, Rose Chaput, Polly Baron, Alice Boudreau, and Margaret Crosby; also her special friend, Leonard Soule. Louise leaves nine grandchildren, Coreen, Tracey, Rena, Randy, Michael, Shane, Kurt, Kris, and Kim; 14 great-grandchildren, Leah, Trae, Nicole, Julia, Alexandra, David, Craig, Ava, Lucy, River, Kyla, Braydon, Isabella, and Celia; and many special nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, June 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m., at St. Michael's Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the North Shore.