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Died: Sun., Jul. 29, 2007

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Manuel J. Fortes, 82, of 1146 Wintergreen Ave., Hamden, passed away July 29, 2007 in Marathon Health Center, West Haven. He was the husband of Lillian Stoner Fortes. Mr. Fortes was born in New Haven May 5, 1925, son of the late Joseph & Josephine Brito Fortes. He worked as a technician in the Division of Animal Care at Yale University until his retirement 12 years ago. During World War II, he served in the US Army in the European War Zone. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal and was a member of the Hamden VFW Post 10321. Beside his wife, he is survived by 3 sons, Antonio "Tony" Fortes of North Haven, Manuel "Joe" Fortes Jr. of Hamden & John (Melba) Fortes of New Haven; 3 daughters, Patricia (Emerson) Stevenson of New Haven, Barbara Ann (Jack) Fortes of Hamden and Bernadette Sisk of New York; a sister in law, Dolores Fortes of Hamden; 6 grandchildren and 2 grand daughters. He was predeceased by a brother, Antonio Fortes and a sister, Mary Antunes. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Martin dePorres Church, Dixwell & Webster, Thursday morning at 10:00 AM. Calling hour prior to the Mass from 9 to 10. Interment, with Military Honors, in All Saints Cemetery. The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven is in charge of arrangements.

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