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“We will always have fond memories of Ted. He was a devoted father, husband and community member. We will always remember his 90th Birhday Party at...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Steve Cory - Iron Mountain, MI

“So sorry to hear of "Doc's" death. I was so fortunate to have worked with him in my early years. He was a real inspiration to me. I will keep your...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy McCarthy - Whitehall, MI

“Dear Elenor and family, On behalf of the Parent Family you have our deepest sympathy. What a wonderful man and dentist. I will always be greatful...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: MaryEllen Allen - Manitowoc, WI

“Eleanor and Fornetti family We were sad to hear about Ted's passing. I have great memories of Ted first having my teeth fixed by the gentle man...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Judy and Mike Roach - Green Bay, WI

“I am so sorry to here about your father, he was a very kind man and I had him for a dentist for all of my years growing up in Kingsford. I knew he...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Paul Menghini - Roscommon, MI

“Eleanor, Judy, Teddy, Tony, Tish, and Johnny.....my sincere condolences and prayers out to you. My memories of growing up next door to you will...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Kim Novara - Palmyra, WI

“Dear Eleanor and Family: We first met when we moved to Kingsford and Ted became our Dentist. Over the years we enjoyed your friendship. We will...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Dave & Bonnie Arndt - St George, UT

“Your light shines in the family you have raised......simply a remarkable family filled with so much of Gods love and joy and generousity!!!! You...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Mike and Debbie Oberdorfer - MI

“To all of the Fornetti family, we are so sad to hear of Teds passing. He was such a wonderful person, who will be saddly missed by many. He was my...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Mike and Debbie Oberdorfer - MI

“Dear Eleanor and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Fornetti. I learned of his, and your generosity and met you when helping on the...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Mary Schultz - Iron Mountain, MI

“Dear Fornetti Family, We were saddened to hear about Dr. Fornetti's passing. He was a remarkable man and a true professional. He was our entire...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Rod and Cynthia (Corsi) Gordon - AZ

“Our deepest sumpathies for your loss -Timm, Mary, and Brooke ”
12 of 30 | Posted by: Timm, Mary, and Brooke Fornetti - MI

“Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you during this time. -Timm, Mary, and Brooke ”
13 of 30 | Posted by: Timm, Mary, and Brooke Fornetti - MI

“They didn't have a picture of a tasty freeze cone so i lite a candle,tasty freeze is how i fondly remember Dr ted my first dentist 50 years ago,He...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Robert Plunger - sagola, MI

“Dear Fornetti Family, my sympathies on the passing of Dr. Ted. I first met him while working on the Bay College project and was immediately taken by...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: John Marquart - Shiloh, IL

“My condolences to the Fornetti Family. When I was 12 years old I developed my 1st cavity which was quickly repaired by Dr. Ted. My Mother used to do...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Ray Famiani - Kingsford, MI

“Uncle Ted, You will be sadly missed, I will always remember your crushing hand shakes and your uplifting personality. Dad is always telling stories...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Seann O'Gara - Grayslake, IL

“I have many fond memories of my friend and first dentist. He has shared so much of himself with others and will be missed by so many. He was a...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Terry Strutz - Green Bay, WI

“Uncle Ted, I wanted to let you know that you will be greatly missed! I loved seeing both you and Auntie whenever we could get together. You had...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Stephanie Dennis (O'Gara)

“IT HAS BEEN VERY SAD SINCE I HEARD ABOUT YOUR PASSING . MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE ”
20 of 30 | Posted by: EDEN LEGRAND - FAMILY FREIND

“What a wonderful man, with a smile that warmed everyones heart that had the priviledge to know him. He will be missed dearly by many. We will keep...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: David & Gail Machus - MI

“Dear Eleanor and Family, You have our sincere condolences on the passing of a Fine Gentleman. His legacy lives on in his family, a credit to both...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: John & Cheryl Fuse

“It was always a joy to run into Mr. Fornetti at some function around town. Always a smile and good conversation. He lightened the whole room. His...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Steve Marek - Kingsford, MI

“Our hearts are heavy, knowing how you feel. We will miss his smile. WE pray you find comfort, at this time of grief. gene & Gang ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: Gene Levenburg - Iron Mountain, MI

“May the special memories of Ted be a source of comfort to you and your family now and always. God Bless, Gina, Dean and Bryce Larson ”
25 of 30 | Posted by: Gina Larson - Spread Eagle , WI

“Uncle Ted, I have so many great memories. You left a big footprint in life. You will be sorely missed. Your nephew, Tim O'Gara ”
26 of 30 | Posted by: Tim O'Gara - Arlington Heights, IL

“Dear Fornetti family; The world is a better place because Doc was here. Please accept Pat and my condolences. ”
27 of 30 | Posted by: Jack and Pat Richtig - Norway, MI

“Dr Fornetti gave me my first job when I was only 14. He was such a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss. May the many wonderful memories...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Janice Colantonio Pilon - FL

“My dear Uncle Ted, It breaks my heart to hear that you are no longer here to give me bear hugs, and to say "O jees, you got so big!" I have loved...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Mary O'Gara - Chicago, IL - niece

“Dear Eleanor and Family. Ted was an awesome man that we at Bay College will always remember. His compassion for education and the generousity you,...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Kim Carne - Escanaba, MI - Friend


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Dr. Theodore B. Fornetti, 91, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013 at his home.

He was born April 19, 1921 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Anton and Angeline (Carollo) Fornetti. Ted graduated from Kingsford High School in 1939 and was a lifelong resident of the area. Following graduation, he attended Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI and obtained his Doctorate Degree in 1944. Ted was a U.S. Navy veteran and was stationed at various bases in the states during WWII. He re-enlisted during the Korean Conflict and eventually was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant. Ted married Eleanor Campagnola on July 3, 1944 at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford. He started his career in dentistry traveling to schools throughout northern Dickinson County to provide students with dental care. Ted went into private practice in 1948 which he continued until his retirement in 1980. For a few years following his retirement, Ted and his wife Eleanor volunteered their time to perform dental procedures on patients at St. Jude's hospital on the Island of St. Lucia. Ted and Eleanor were generous, community minded individuals, instrumental in the formation of Bay West College. They were also an integral part of helping to secure the land to build the current Carmelite Monastery. Ted was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society. He served as past president of both the Cloverland Dental Assoc. and the Rotary Club. Ted was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at camp. Over the years, he and his family planted thousands of trees at their camp and other properties in Dickinson County. Ted also enjoyed tinkering in his garage and most of all, spending time with family and friends.

Ted is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eleanor; five children, Judy (Don) Angera, Ted J. (Mary) Fornetti and Tony (Darlene) Fornetti, all of Iron Mountain, Tish (Don) Guinter of Lake Zurich, IL and John (Terese) Fornetti of Iron Mountain; 13 grandchildren, Jeff (Laura) Angera of Mt. Pleasant, Carissa (Don) Mahoney of Cincinnati, OH, Ted A. (Kristy) Fornetti, Paul (Angela) Fornetti and Kathryn (Adam) Husing, all of Iron Mountain, Nick (Kortnee) Fornetti of Kingsford, Andrea (Benjamin) Fornetti-Wilson of Paris, IL, Greg Guinter of Chicago, Mark Guinter of Lake Zurich, Daniel (Mary) Fornetti of St. Louis, MO, David Fornetti of Milwaukee and Julia and Peter Fornetti, both of Iron Mountain; 19 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Michael Fornetti.

The funeral liturgy will be on Thursday at 11:00am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be in the Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

Ted's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carmelite Monastery or Bay West College.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Theodore Fornetti online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.