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Painesville Location

1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

Nancy M. Welsh (nee Fortenbaugh)

3/05/1951 - 7/19/2023

Nancy M. Welsh (nee Fortenbaugh), age 72 of Willoughby, passed away July 19th, 2023 at Hillcrest Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born, March 5th, 1951 in Cleveland to the late Richard and Eleanor Fortenbaugh.

Nancy was a retired teacher who served schools in Euclid, Mentor and Willoughby-Eastlake for over 35 plus years. She ran into her former students everywhere she went and would reminisce and laugh with all of them. Her biggest love was being a mother to her three sons. She was a devoted lifelong friend to the Sisters Of My Heart and the Jolly Girls whom she met at Notre Dame Academy. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Nancy was the loving mother of Colin Welsh and the late Patrick and Kevin Welsh; dearest sister of Donna (Larry) Lipfird, Rosanne Bryan, Richard Fortenbaugh, and Ted (Stacy) Fortenbaugh; beloved aunt and great aunt of many; and her cherished Sisters Of My Heart, including Peggy, Mary Pat, Regina and Mary Catherine and all the Jolly Girls.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Monday, July 24th, 2023 at Jeff Monreal Funeral Home, 1000 Mentor Ave., Painesville. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 AM Tuesday at St. John Vianney Church, 7575 Bellflower Rd., Mentor. A burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Twp.

Donations can be made in Nancy’s name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation www.cff.org/

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9 Replies to “Nancy M. Welsh (nee Fortenbaugh)”

  1. I am so sorry for this loss. Nancy was my cousin and remember well having Christmases at Grandpa’s. Rest well Nancy and enjoy your boys and Mom and Dad.


  2. Regina Luciano July 22, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Colin and family, your Mom made a difference in so many lives❤️ I was blessed to be one Sisters of My Heart…Mike and I will miss her forever
    Love you forever my SOMH xoxo


  3. Theresa Skaggs July 22, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Nancy was a beautiful and loving person. I’m going to miss her.


  4. Gloria Pluth Zrim and Mark, Tommy & Tony July 23, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    Dear Colin and family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, sister, and aunt. We had some good times at OH Perry. I would walk to her house on Brazil on the way to school, and have to wait for her to get ready. Your grandma would try to hurry her up, but it didn’t work haha. We made that trek four times a day. We lost touch when Nancy went to Norte Dame and I went to Collinwood. We met again years later when our boys played baseball for EBL. She’s at peace now with your brothers and grandma and grandpa. Take care, as it’s never easy losing a loved one.


  5. Rosalie Fleischer July 24, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Our prayers and thoughts to Colin and family with our love Rosalie Fleischer and Terri Gallucci


  6. Paula Stanich Falsone July 24, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.
    Nancy was truly a Special person.


  7. Sharon kozlevcar July 24, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family


  8. Dawn Schieferle August 5, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    Nancy came into my life via Kevin. She was such an amazing soul and I am so glad that I got the chance to meet her and think of her as family.


  9. Dear Colin and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have been down South since June and just recently found out about Nancy. She was a caring and loving person who touched so many lives. I enjoyed teaching at Saint Christines with her as well as our many weekend outings such as Craft Shows, going to Flea Markets, shopping at Value City to name a few…she will be missed by many and I am blessed to have had her as a friend. Rest in peace Nancy.


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