Nancy (Aho) Fors
1942 - 2021
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Nancy (Aho) Fors, 78, of Fitchburg, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster from complications due to Covid-19. Nancy had courageously battled breast cancer for many years, living as an example of strength, determination and love to those around her.

Nancy was born in Fitchburg, MA on April 22, 1942, the oldest daughter of the late Leo E. and Vieno (Hautanen) Aho. She was a 1960 graduate of Fitchburg High School, where she served as class secretary and was both a Gold F student and recipient of the school's General Excellence Award. She graduated from Becker Junior College in 1962 and went on to work for more than 45 years as a medical secretary, beginning with Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Burbank Hospital, and later for numerous specialists and primary care physicians in Fitchburg.

Nancy always looked forward to organizing and attending her high school class reunions. She was a proud member of the Finnish Center at Saima Park, where she was currently serving as its Membership Secretary. She was also a member of the Fitchburg Senior Center, the Council on Aging and the Fitchburg Historical Society, and was a Friend of the Fitchburg Public Library and Coggshall Park. Nancy loved to play bridge and was an avid reader. She enjoyed vacationing in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, the shores of Maine, as well as taking several bus trips and cruises.

She derived her greatest joy, however, from her family. When her children were young, Nancy volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and Den Mother, as well as a parent assistant for the Wallace Figure Skating Club. She always looked forward to attending sports activities, skating shows, dance recitals and all programs related to her children and grandchildren. She was their ultimate cheerleader and supporter, no matter the occasion, and she will be so dearly missed.

Nancy is survived by her children, David Fors and his wife Audrey of Lunenburg and Lisa Valera and her husband Peter of Fitchburg, as well as her stepson Kim Fors and his wife Nancy and daughter in law Joyce Fors, all of Ashby. She also leaves 10 grandchildren: Tyler, Nicole and DJ Fors; Daniel, Domenic and Drew Valera; Derick Fors and Melissa O'Connell; Bryan Fors and Micaela Fors-Phillips, as well as 8 great grandchildren: Addison, Connor, Nora, Makenna, Cael, Jackson, Calvin and Lilyana.

She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years Richard Fors in 2013, her sister Priscilla (Aho) Conry in 2014 and her stepson Scott Fors in 2020.


At Nancy's request, there will be no services at this time. Burial will be private, and a Celebration of Life gathering for extended family and friends will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pan-Mass Challenge, 77 4th Ave., Needham, MA 02494, which raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, or to the Finnish Center at Saima Park, PO Box 30, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

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February 9, 2021
Dear Lisa & family,
I'm so sorry to read of your mom's passing. Although it's been a long time since I have seen her (when our kid's went to St. Bernard's Elementary together) I remember how kind she always was and always had a smile on her face. Please accept my deepest sympathies. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Rebecca Duval
February 8, 2021
David, Lisa, Kim and families,
I have so many wonderful memories of your Mom growing up. She always had such a positive and up beat personality even when times were not so good to her. There was never a time that I would see her whether driving by, at Saima Park, in the Grocery Store, anywhere that she didn't stop to take the time to say hello and ask how Mom was doing. Your Mom had the biggest heart and was so thoughtful. Please know that my heart is heavy for all of you. Mom also sends her condolences as they shared a friendship for over 50 years. Although they didn't always get to visit they often would speak on the phone and your Mom NEVER missed sending cards.
May all your wonderful life long memories help to get passed this difficult time. Nancy will be missed by so many.
Dee-Anne Nadeau
February 7, 2021
A wonderful caring person - she will be missed by many.
Cousin Billy and Linda
William R. Fors
February 7, 2021
Sincere condolences to Dave, Lisa & the rest of you. I remember many pleasant conversations with Aunt Nancy over the years. She would send me a personalized post it note every year with my Saima Park membership card. Nancy made the world a better place. God bless
Brad Fors
February 6, 2021
Dear David,Lisa and Family,we send our deepest sympathy at the loss of your mother,what a wonderful person who left so many memories.She would never miss one of your baseball games David,as my husband George Sheppard was your coach for years. Lisa would always cheer you on, our daughter Deb Sheppard worked with your mother In medical field for years ,she was a friend who never missed a chance to say Hello after many years had passed .Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Fondly Nancy SheppardandFamily Deb,Sue, Kathy,Peter,Pam,Tom,Patrick,John, Pegi,and Christopher❤Never forget City Championship of Fitchburg 1977 ,your coach’s greatest joy .❤
Nancy Sheppard
February 6, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of my dear cousin Nancy. She was a very caring and loving woman, We had some fun times when we were younger.. Will always remember visiting her Mom and dad and also her sister Priscilla who also passed yrs. back. Rest in peace Nancy. Keeping you all in our hearts and memories. Elaine and Art Dufault
Elaine and Art Dufault
February 5, 2021
I’m sorry I hear this news. I always enjoyed talking to Nancy when we crossed paths at family reunions and dinners.
Chris Fors
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