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Elizabeth Forsberg of San Antonio, TX touched people with her heart, enthusiasm, generosity, faith and positive attitude. Despite facing significant health issues since suffering a stroke in April 2012 she remained kind-hearted, faithful and positive. She was an inspiration to her family members and friends. Elizabeth peacefully passed away from complications due to that stroke on March 11, 2013.
Elizabeth was born in Boston, MA on March 28, 1925 and lovingly adopted by Lillian and William Evans. In 1942 after graduating from Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, CA she enrolled in Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. After graduating she did post graduate studies at John Hopkins University and in 1949 joined the US Navy. During the Korean War she served as an operating nurse at Oak Knoll treating wounded servicemen. She was eventually stationed in Naples, Italy where she met Lcdr., Harold Tietjen, a Navy pilot. The couple wed on May 19, 1956 and returned to the states in 1957 after Hal's retirement from the Navy. The couple settled in Lafayette, Indiana where their only child, Lisa, was born. They lived happily in Indiana for many years before Hal took a new job as a pilot with a then small company called Southwest Airlines which took them to Dallas, TX in 1970. Prior to moving, Elizabeth continued to use her nursing skills working part-time at the Purdue University Health Center. She volunteered in Lisa's classrooms and was frequently the "homeroom mom." Upon moving to Dallas, Elizabeth continued to be involved in the community and eventually went back to work at the Southern Methodist University Health Center. She enjoyed being around young people and especially enjoyed the friends and associates with whom she had the opportunity to work. In 1986, after Hal's retirement from Southwest Airlines, the couple moved into their dream home in Boerne, TX. In January of 1987 they became first-time grandparents. Unfortunately the joy of that event was shortly overshadowed as Hal was diagnosed with cancer and passed away a few short months later. Two years later Elizabeth married Captain Francis Forsberg, also a Navy pilot. Since their marriage, Frank and Elizabeth lived a charmed life. They joyously welcomed more grandchildren and as their health was good they traveled frequently making new friends wherever they went. Elizabeth was very active in supporting St. Helena Church and went to Mexico with other church members to build a home for needy villagers. She was active in the Republican Party and twice served as a delegate to the state convention. She was an officer in the Navy Wives' Organization and planned numerous Naval luncheons and balls. Elizabeth was devoted to her family and enjoyed the new friends she and Frank made after moving to The Towers Park Lane. Dancing was a life-long passion and she and Frank were frequently known to happily "dance the night away!"
Elizabeth is survived by her husband, daughter, and many other cherished family members. We remember her with great love as a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, friend and vibrant woman. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.
On Monday, March 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a Memorial Church Service at Saint David's Episcopal Church, 1300 Wiltshire, San Antonio, TX 78209. Followed by an 11:45 a.m. Graveside Service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX 78209. All are invited to a 12:30 p.m. Memorial Reception at 1 Towers Parklane, San Antonio, TX 78209.
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Published in Express-News on Mar. 21, 2013