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Karen A. Fortier, 61, Of Danbury

DANBURY, Conn. - Karen A. (Mannion) Fortier of Danbury died Friday, Oct. 17. She was 61.

Fortier was born in Danbury, to Edwin X. and Gloria Wixon Mannion. She was a 1970 graduate of Bethel High School. She received her BA from Western Connecticut State University as well as her MA in accounting. A longtime employee with Anheuser-Busch in Newburgh, N.Y., she retired after over 20 years there. She was previously with National Can in Bethel.

Fortier is survived by her partner, Aurelio Varrone; many cousins; and friend, Kate Trinkline of Bethel. She was predeceased by her parents; and daughter, Katie Taylor Mannion.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at St. Joseph Church, Danbury with the Rev. Samuel V. Scott, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in Fortier's memory may be made to D.A.W.S., 147 Grassy Plain St., Bethel, CT 06801 or go to

Green Funeral Home, Danbury are in charge of arrangements.

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