Forst, Sr., George Charles
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A great dad, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend has gone to Heaven to join his wife of 65 years. George was born to Mike and Josephine Forst on August 6, 1919, in Wausaukee, WI and died on Thursday, October 3, 2013. He graduated from East High School in 1937. George was proud to serve in the U.S. Army for five years during World War II with the 32nd Infantry as a First Sergeant in the South Pacific and Philippine Theaters. George married his high school sweetheart, Elaine Timmerman on March 28, 1945, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage with her. She preceded him in death on October 4, 2010.
George retired in 1987, after nearly 40 years of service with Northern Paper Mills/American Can Co./James River Corp. His many hobbies included golf (including a hole-in-one), basketball (with many trophies), bowling and the Green Bay Packers. He was an outstanding cribbage player who never missed the opportunity to play (and usually win!).
He is survived by five children, Sandy (Tom) Belanger, Pat (Earl) Poquette, George Forst, Jr., Terri (Marv) Lewis, Don (Julie) Forst; seven grandchildren, Dale and Annette Vincent, Brian and Kim Vincent, Nick, Matt and Chris Lewis, Michael and Taylor Forst; three step-grandchildren, Mike and Linda, Greg and Jessie and Kristine Belanger; six great-grandchildren, Adam, Emily, Sarah, Zach, Connor and Dana Vincent; five step-great-grandchildren, Sammi, Cali, Will, Lydia and Claira Belanger, special friends, John, Cindy, Becky and Larry; one brother, Bill Forst; one sister-in-law, Rita Forst and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; daughters, Lynette and Annette; his parents and in-laws; brothers and sisters-in-law, Emil and Fran Forst, Tony and Betty Forst, Jim and June Forst, Joe, Michael and Mary Jane Forst.
Friends may call at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 Ninth Street, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. Patrick C. Beno officiating.
Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Jason Hoppe for his many years of care and to Tender Hearts Assisted Living. With the help of his family and neighbors, Kym and Jackie, Mark and Craig, he was able to remain in his home until the end. The family would also like to give special thanks to his daughter, Pat for being his guardian angel for so many years and to his grandson, Chris whose special companionship gave grandpa so much happiness.
His grandson, Matt summed it up best - "We are so blessed that he could be a huge part of our lives for so long."
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2013