Yolanda Grace Forslund
1928 - 2017
Forastiere-Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service
220 North Main Street
East Longmeadow, MA
Yolanda Grace (Albano) Forslund


Yolanda Grace (Albano) Forslund, 89, of Apex, North Carolina, and formerly of Sixteen Acres section of Springfield, died Friday at home. Born in Springfield on June 4, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Francesca (Cardaropoli) Albano, who came from Bracigliano, Province of Salerno, Italy. She graduated from Commerce High School in 1945 and later worked as a bookkeeper at the former Springfield Buick. She married her childhood sweetheart, Ralph Forslund, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on June 10, 1950. She was a stay at home mom until her children were grown and returned to work as a teacher's aide at Putnam Vocational High School, retiring in 1994. She was a communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church and served on the Finance Committee and volunteered at the bingo games and Christmas bazaars. She spent many happy summers with her family in Wells, Maine and relocated to North Carolina in 1997. Yolanda was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who lived her life with dignity and class. Sadly Ralph died in 1985 after thirty five years of marriage. Yolanda is survived by her daughter, Ruth Barbour and husband Glenn of Agawam, son John and wife Natalie of Apex, brother Fred and wife Connie of Springfield, and grandchildren, Mark (Steve) of San Diego CA, Michael of Enfield CT, Erika (Daniel), Matthew and Kara of Apex and many nieces, nephews and friends. Two older sisters, Tina and Genevieve, predeceased Yolanda. Her family would like to thank Mattie Coley, Sharon Thacker, Rex Rehab and Nursing of Apex, Waverly Hematology, Carolina Family Practice, and Transitions Lifecare for their kind and compassionate care of Yolanda. Her family will receive friends on Friday, June 30th from 9-10:30 AM at the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:30 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Springfield. Burial will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary Magdalene Church Building Fund, 625 Magdala Place, Apex, NC 27502 or a charity of one's choice.

Published by The News and Observer on Jun. 27, 2017.
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I'll never forget the bad snow storm when we were on retreat and had to drive
home. We prayed all the way home, but we made it , our garden Angles were
with us. Thank God for getting us home. Yolanda rest with the Angles!!!
Norma St.Laurent

Norma St.Laurent
June 20, 2019
May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11
July 8, 2017
John, Ruth, and family ---

Yolanda was a really sweet lady --- I had a lot of laughs and many good times working with her and Ralph at the parish Bingo and carnivals. I grew up on Queen Street and she was the pretty older girl on the corner. You were very fortunate to have had two people like them in your lives.

I will remember her and all of you in my prayers.
Tony Campagnari
June 29, 2017
John, Natalie, Erika, Matthew, and Kara - Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. - Loeschorns
Kathy & Steve Loeschorn
June 28, 2017
John and family -This is not a hyperbole - Yolanda was a Saint on earth, and is a welcomed Saint in heaven.
- Dick Baker
Dick Baker
June 27, 2017

Very sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I'm sure she treasured your devotion during the bad times. May all your memories be good ones.

Your friend,

Gary Albano
gary albano
June 27, 2017

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that your Mom will always be with you in heart and in your mind.... She is a part of who you are and you can never be separate in spirit. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Karen Chadderton
Karen Chadderton
June 27, 2017
Our prayers are with your family.
Laira, Abita, Jon & Lilly
June 27, 2017
There are no words to tell you how sorry I am. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rodney and Dee Shaffer
June 27, 2017
Dear Forslund Family, Ruth, Mark, Michael: It has been our family's privilege, honor and delight to know Yolanda (Nonnie) for the past 20 years while she has made her home here in Apex, NC. Rest in peace, Nonnie. Love, The Cadrans
June 27, 2017
Ruth, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My condolences to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Debra Rossi_Stahl
June 27, 2017
Prayers are with you Ruth..
Donnettt Williams
June 27, 2017
John,I am so sorry to hear of your Mom passing,she was a good person and friend. I missed her when she moved.I enjoyed talking to her on the phone a few month's back.She will be with your Dad now.My thoughts and prayers are with you and family!! RIP my friend!! God Bless Norma St.Laurent and family
Norma St.Laurent
June 27, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family. It is a blessing Yolanda lived a long life. She was an especially strong individual which remind me of Psalm 90:10. Her beautiful smile will always be remembered.
June 27, 2017
John, Natalie and Family,
I was so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. She was, by far, one of the classiest ladies I have ever met. Please take comfort in knowing that she touched many lives over her lifetime and we all better for having known her.
Laureen Calusine
June 27, 2017
Ruth, John and family- please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. We will never forget the good times on Hancock Street.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

From the family of Nivea and Sebastiano (Robby) Dimauro.
Lou Dimauro
June 27, 2017
Dear Forslund Family... Ruthie and Mark and Mike ..so so sad to hear of Nonnies passing...there are so many pleasant memories of all the times spent on Riverview..remember the pool parties...Nonnie was such a part of everything..always adding her spirit to things..
Rest in peace sweet Nonnie...
Peter Vassallo
June 26, 2017
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