Agatha S. (Schenk) Forsyth
1941 - 2019
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Agatha S. Forsyth was born June 15, 1941, to George L. Schenck and Jane Debevoise Schenck. She passed away March 25, 2019 from complications of pneumonia and cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska where she was lovingly treated by the staff. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Agatha spent her youth between Tenafly and Bay Head, N.J. where she began a lifelong love affair with the ocean and met her husband. She graduated from the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, N.J. and attended Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn. She was married to Joseph L. Forsyth in 1963. They raised their two daughters, Leigh A. Forsyth and Sarah Christie Kerr in Haddam Neck, Conn. They divorced in 1988 but maintained an amicable relationship.

Agatha was a jack of all trades. She drove kids to kindergarten at the Middle Haddam School where she also worked as a teacher's aide, worked at a woodworking company, ran the summer recreation program in Haddam Neck and was a member of the Haddam Neck Fire department. She began working at (the former) CT Yankee Power Plant for Burns Security and rose through the ranks to become head of security at Milestone Nuclear Power Plant in Niantic, Conn.

In the mid-eighties, Agatha switched careers to be in the hospitality industry. She went from shuttle driver to manager at the Holiday Inn in Springfield, Mass. In 1990, Agatha followed her dream and relocated to Maine. There she worked for Sugarloaf Mountain and then the University of Maine at Farmington in facilities maintenance. She retired December 31, 2005. In Maine, she created a new family of friends and met her soulmate Diana K. Jahn.

Agatha and Diana relocated to Purdum, Neb. in May 2006. They made many friends and enjoyed life in the Sandhills. Agatha fell in love with the prairie and the Sandhills and reveled in working the ranch and serving the church. They became members of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Purdum where Diana is currently pastor and Agatha was deacon. Agatha also assisted with the vacation bible school for 11 years in Brewster and happily volunteered for pretty much anything that came along. She loved bowling with her dear friend Donna Jensen.

Diana and Agatha were married in 2016 in Jay, Maine after 25 years together. It was celebration of life and love enjoyed by their friends and family.

Agatha enjoyed the outdoors, team sports, skiing, walking, kayaking and being at the beach. She lived her faith and spirituality in all her actions. She could do anything: cook, fix plumbing, paint a building or paint a picture. People marveled at her kindness, strength, unconditional generosity of deed and spirit and unparalleled appreciation of and enthusiasm for the beauty of being alive and nature.

She is survived by her widow Pastor Diana K Jahn of Purdum and Jay, Maine and their beloved dog Fannie-Mae; ex-husband Joseph of Haddam Neck, Conn.; daughters Leigh of Clinton, Conn. and Christie Kerr and her husband Doug of Point Pleasant, N.J.; brothers Paul Schenck and his wife Uta of Ohio, Ken Boyle of Pinehurst, N.C., and Brewster Schenck and wife Cheri of Poway, Calif.; her sister Suzanne B. Van Schoick and her husband John of Bay Head, N.J.; her mother-in-law and father-in-law Keith and Lois Jahn; and several beloved nieces, nephews and beloved friends in Maine and Nebraska.

She is predeceased by her parents Jane and George and her beloved step-mother Anne, her brother George; and her beloved aunt Mary Brewer.

Memorial services will be Friday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at the Purdum Church of Christ in Purdum with Pastor Steven Uzzell officiating. There will be additional Celebrations of Life services in Jay, Maine, and Bay Head, N.J. at later dates.

Flowers can be sent to Govier Brothers Mortuary, 542 9th Avenue in Broken Bow, Neb. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity you are passionate about is greatly appreciated. Agatha and Diana were passionate supporters of the Heifer project and the American Cancer Society.

Govier Brothers are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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Published in Custer County Chief from Mar. 29 to Apr. 7, 2019.
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June 24, 2019
Cancer is a horrible thing and my wife, Rose, is suffering the same. We are all in sympathy of all the family and friends Agatha had. May God rest her soul. It was a privilege to know her.
Norris Barker
April 12, 2019
Offering my sympathies to the family and friends of Agatha S. Schenk Forsyth. Cherish the memories of the times you shared, for she will be missed but not forgotten. Please find comfort in Matthew 5:4; John 6:40

~D. Reynolds
April 11, 2019
Condolences to loved ones. Saddened to hear of Agatha's death. May cherished memories along with prayers be a source of comfort.
March 30, 2019
Diana, Keith, and Aunt Lois, Im so sorry to hear of Agathas passing. She was such a kind and gracious woman and I was glad for her addition to our family. She will be greatly missed by all of us. I hope you are feeling Gods loving arms around you in this time of grief.
Linda Wininger
March 30, 2019
Agatha and Diana have blessed me with their friendship and love, their ability to face life with joy. I will always remember Agatha laughing and enjoying the moments with her family. So sorry for the loss of this precious woman.
Cat Leverett
March 29, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Nelson Family Nelson Family
March 29, 2019
Diana, We are all so sad to learn of Agatha's passing. What a special lady you brought into our lives to cherish. Thank you for that. I will sorely miss her at family reunions. My prayers for you and her family to find the peace of God during this life altering event. Love you always, Judy, Randy, Dylan, Levi and Morgan Handley.
judy handley
March 29, 2019
Our prayers and thoughts are with you Diana and Agatha's family.
Darel and Lana Willman
March 29, 2019
So sorry to hear of Agatha's passing. Please accept our sympathy on behalf of the NE UCC Board of Directors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sue Shear
March 28, 2019
I will always remember Wag's smile. I knew her when I was a child and felt she could do anything, fix anything, so capable and always kind. She leaves behind a beautiful legacy in her daughters and in helping people and making friends wherever she was. Heartfelt condolences to her family and friends
Wendy Logan
March 28, 2019
Agatha was a hard worker in our communities, and always so much fun to work with :-) I send my sympathy to her Friends and Family.
Pat Andersen
March 27, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Paul and Uta Schenck
March 27, 2019
Sending love and prayers to Agatha's family and friends. We all share in the loss of a dear friend. She was a special lady loved by many. See all back in Maine .
Shannon Smith
March 27, 2019
Gods blessings, comfort, and love for the family!!
Andrew and Connie Schenck
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