Gerald Tomkin Obituary, Death – Dolly Fortier was a beloved radio broadcaster and community figure in Waterloo, Cedar Valley. She passed away at the age of 86 after suffering a heart attack. Known for her energetic and dedicated personality, Fortier was deeply committed to her listeners and her community. Fortier had a long and successful career in radio broadcasting.
She officially retired in 2008 after working for 39 years in the industry, but returned to the broadcast booth in 2013. She hosted a popular program called “Lunchtime with Dolly” on KCFI FM 105.1 and AM 1250. Her show featured different themes for each weekday, such as Big Band Monday, Girl Tuesday, Whatever Wednesday, Guy Thursday, and Featured Artist Friday. Fortier was known for sharing trivia and “thoughts for the day,” which she gathered from various sources like magazines and people’s refrigerators.
During her time on air, Fortier became a local celebrity, with listeners frequently calling in with requests, well wishes, and even a wedding proposal. She had a large following and received admiration from many. In 2016, she was honored as Broadcaster of the Year by the Iowa Broadcasters Association.
Born in Britt, Fortier had been a resident of Waterloo since 1956. Before her radio career, she was a stay-at-home mom who actively participated in organizations like the Parent Teacher Association and the Association for Retarded Citizens (now the Arc Cedar Valley). Fortier’s dedication to community service continued throughout her life. She served on various boards and committees, including the Waterloo Planning, Programming and Zoning Commission, Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. She was also involved in local theater productions and coordinated events like the Wedding Extravaganza and the Fourth Street Cruise.
Fortier’s commitment to supporting disabled individuals was especially notable. She served on the Arc board, an advisory board for the former Country View Nursing Home, and organized a bowling program at Maple Lanes. She was recognized for her efforts with an award in 1998 for a series of U.S. Navy public service announcements.
In interviews, Fortier expressed her love for radio and the fascinating industry it was. She cherished the local history and the connections she made with people through her work. She had a quick wit and a positive outlook on life, which she shared with others. Fortier believed in staying active and serving others, and she encouraged others to do the same for a long and happy life.
Dolly Fortier’s passing was a loss not only for the radio industry but also for the community she served. Her energetic spirit, love for people, and dedication to community service will be remembered by those who knew her and listened to her on the airwaves.