Sandra M. Fortney
April 20, 1939 - December 25, 2021

Sandra M. Fortney

Sandra M. Fortney
Apr 20, 1939 - Dec 25, 2021

Sandra M. Fortney

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Sandra M. Fortney, 82, of Muscatine, passed away on Saturday, December 25, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

A private service was held at First Christian Church in Muscatine with close family. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials can be made directly to First Christian Church. Online condolences can be made at

Mrs. Sandra M. Fortney was born on April 20, 1939, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Alva and Arlena Smith Winter. She married Gary Fortney on November 2, 1958, First Christian Church in Fairfield, Iowa.

Sandra began her working career at Stanley Consultants in Muscatine, followed by a longstanding and fruitful career as a real-estate loan officer at First National Bank. She was a faithful, long-time member of First Christian Church in Muscatine, where she was a choir director for many years. Music was her true passion, beginning with her music scholarship to Drake University in Des Moines, to her solo vocalist career at her church, and teaching piano to her grandchildren and other family members. Her family will greatly miss her beautiful soprano voice and piano playing that filled her house with joy and warmth, and will listen to her favorite songs and hymns to look back fondly on time spent with her.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gary Fortney of Muscatine, three children and four grandchildren; Kathy Fortney-Allbee of Cedarburg, WI, married to Jeffrey Allbee, grandchildren Katie and Molly Allbee-Johnson, Benjamin, and Nicholas Allbee; Julie Atkins of Wilton, IA, married to Jeffrey Atkins, and grandchild Joshua; and Steven Fortney of Muscatine, IA; along with sister, Jane Phillips, of Seattle, WA.

Sandra is preceded in death by her parents.


Dan Paetz on Jan 11, 2022

Did not want to leave out Jane either--what a nice family...bless you....

Dan Paetz on Jan 11, 2022

What a nice lady right here....So glad I had a chance to know her...she was always so pretty like her daughter and the entire family...Nr. Fortney thinking of you today....she carried herself so well and was always Mrs. Fortney...thinkinh of the entire family and especially the children and grandchildren at this time...what good memories you will always look for GOD to comfort you in some special ways..Kathy, Steve and Bud and everyone..Love and Blessings Your Way....

Steve Kinney on Jan 1, 2022

Gary, so sorry for your loss. Sandy was always good to me. She put up with my shenanigans. Love, Steve

Marti (Roth) Walker on Dec 30, 2021

Gary and Steve, so sorry to hear of Sandra's passing. I remember the times she came in to Beach Lumber when I was working there. She was so friendly and kind.
I pray God will comfort you and give you many good memories of your wife and your mom.

Twyla Burch on Dec 29, 2021

You Have my sympathy for your loss Sandy had a very beautiful voice



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