Age 88, of East Lansing, passed away January 13, 2012. He was born January 14, 1924, in Alma, MI, the son of Michael and Giovanna Fortino.

Sam served in the U.S. Navy (officer training) in 1942 during World War II, and in the U.S. Army as a dentist during the Korean War. He played basketball for Alma High School, the University of Detroit and MSU and was the Spartans leading scorer from 1944-46. He was past president of the MSU Alumni Varsity Club, a member of the Michigan Dental Association and a 50-year member of the Country Club of Lansing.  Sam worked as a dentist in the Lansing area for 37 years and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Sam was preceded in death by his first wife, Olga “Penny” Fortino, in 1990, and is survived by their 4 children, Linda (Mark Greenstone) Fortino, Nancy (Eric) Bates, Robert (JoDee) Fortino and Susan (Jeffrey Brown) Fortino; 9 grandchildren, Lia, Andrew (Lyndsay), Alexis, Michael, Sara, Evan, Alexandra, and Olivia; brother, Dr. Silvio (Silena) Fortino; and many loving nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his second wife Eileen and her 4 children and grandchildren. Sam was also preceded in death by his brother Alfred Fortino and 2 sisters, Marion Aquino and Betty Metz.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Mark J. Inglot at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton, East Lansing, MI. The Rite of Committal will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Alma. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday with a Rosary to be prayed at 7:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Visitation will also take place 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heartland Hospice or the YMCA.

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12 Messages to “Mario “Sam” Fortino, DDS”

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    SUZY ROGERS Says:

    I KNOW THIS COMES LATE, BUT I JUST FOUND OUT FROM ONE OF HIS FAMILY. I WORKED AS HIS DENTAL ASST, AND I DEEPLY RESPECTED AND LOVED HIM AS A GREAT MAN. I MOVED AWAY AS I GOT MARRIED. STAYED OUT OF STATE FOR 32 YRS., IM NOW BK IN MICH LIVING. SEE I LOST MY FATHER THE SAME YEAR, ROBERT ROGERS. DAD KNEW DR. THATS HOW I GOT MY JOB. SO FOR 5 YEARS I HAD THE WONDERFUL PREVLEGE TO WK WITH HIM. I DIDNT KNOW OF HIS PASSING, AND I WAS HERE TOO. SO LET ME SAY WITH TEARS OF SADNESS HOW MUCH I MISS HIM. THE WONDERFUL THING I CAN SAY IS THAT HE IS WITH MY FATHER AND CATCHING UP ON FISH STORIES. BOTH OF THERE LOVES. WITH LOVE AND KINDNESS TO ALL OF YOU. SUZY ROGERS

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    Patricia and Justin English Says:

    We both have fond memories of Sam. He was our dentist years ago, when we lived in Lansing, was very interested in getting us together as a couple. I smile when I think of that. Such an enthusiastic, up-beat person – a joy to know. We will say a prayer for him and for all of you

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