Agnes M. Fortney, 92, of Viroqua died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at the Bethel Home.
Agnes M. Fortney was born June 4, 1925, to Arthur and Ida (Haugen) Fortney in the town of Franklin, Vernon County, Wis. Aggie graduated from the Viroqua High School in 1943. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she earned her teaching degree. Her first teaching job was at Plainview, Minn., followed by positions in the Mosinee, Wis., Fort Atkinson, Wis., Stoughton, Wis., and in Crystal Lake, Ill., school districts. During her career, Aggie taught English and history, was an advisor for the yearbook committee, and later worked as a guidance counselor. She retired and moved back to Viroqua in late 1980s to care for her mother.
Aggie had a love of travel. She visited New York City, where she had a caricature drawn of her at the Empire State Building by street artist Sy Wallick. She spent a summer in Norway, which included continuing education classes, being an attendant in her friend’s wedding and visiting the village of Fortun. She took summer classes in Arizona, where she had an experience with a shooting cactus. In her later years, Aggie took a trip out west that included a stop at Glacier National Park in Montana’s Rocky Mountains.
Aggie enjoyed reading mystery novels, particularly those written by Agatha Christie, who was one of her favorite authors. She kept up with the times by reading the La Crosse Tribune and continuing her education. She read magazines featuring delicious food recipes she loved to try, which included baking special cakes for her grand-nieces and nephews, for their birthdays. She could often be found working in one of her multiple gardens or scanning gardening catalogs looking for new plants to add to her yard. She also wrote poetry and she created stained glass art. Aggie had a wonderful sense of humor and was truly a gift to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
Aggie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Orville, Norman and Gordon; sister, Elizabeth Sousley, twin sister, who died at birth; and sisters-in-law, Marion Fortney and Mary Jo Fortney. Aggie is survived by her brother-in-law, Frank Sousley; sister-in-law, Irene Fortney; and her many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Pastor Kathryn Ingbritsen will officiate, with burial following a luncheon at the Franklin Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. till the time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Online Condolences may be offered at www.VossFH.com. The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home of Viroqua is serving the family.