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Dorine D. Ruwart

06/21/1931 - 07/11/2020

Dorine D. Ruwart, 89, went to her heavenly reward on 11 July 2020 in Mesa, AZ. Dorine was born in Northwest Kansas near Selden & Leoville to Adlor & Clara Fortin. She attended Cresco Rural School, Leoville Grade School, and graduated from Leoville High School. She then attended and graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Wichita, KS. She worked at hospitals in Hoxie and Quinter before her marriage to Joseph Ruwart in January 1953. Joseph was in the US Army National Guard. They moved to Mesa in 1953. Dorine was the head surgical nurse at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa until her retirement. Joseph and Dorine had two sons, Mark William and Patrick Joseph.

Dorine was preceded in death by her parents, Adlor Joseph & Clara Walburga Fortin; Her husband Joseph and sons Mark and Patrick; her sister Eunice Dooley; brothers Denis Fortin, Maurice Fortin, and Marion Fortin. She is survived by her brother Elmer Fortin of Fort Collins, CO and his twin sister Alma Lubbers/Richardson of Grinnell, KS; and Dorine’s twin Doris (“Dodi”) Markovich of Random Lake, WI; numerous nieces and nephews and grand/great grand nieces and nephews.

Dorine’s family would like to especially thank the special network of neighborhood friends and acquaintances that helped Dorine over the time spent in Mesa and especially the last 50 years in her current home. Special thanks go to the Chaparro family: Jesus, Emma, Chris, and Margaret. Other neighborhood friends include Jessie Taylor, John Taylor, Dwayne Taylor, Billy Taylor, Tina Van Loughnn, Richard Van Loughnn, Roy Van Loughnn, Jane Goodmen, Starla Goodmen, Trent Goodmen. Mark’s long-time childhood friend, Cecil, who called and checked on Dorine three times a week along with frequent home visits. Also, Raymond who is the unofficial Neighborhood Block Landscaper.

It was Dorine’s wish to be buried beside her husband Joseph at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and distances for family members, an inurnment ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Queen of Peace Catholic School in Mesa, AZ or Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler, AZ.


  • Love and prayers to all of Aunt Dorine’s family and friends. My heart is sad but I am grateful for the special memories I have of her. God bless. ❤️

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