Forsht, Jewel Cathlyn
Birth: Friday, February 15, 1924 in Portsmouth, Ohio
Residence: Dunkirk, Maryland
Death: Sunday, January 08, 2017 at the age of 92
Laid to Rest: in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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On Sunday, January 8, 2017, Jewel Cathlyn Antonellis Forsht, 92, of Dunkirk, Maryland died of congestive heart failure. Jewel was the beloved wife of 60 years to the late Clarence "Dutch" Forsht and loving mother of Dennis Ray Forsht and wife DeAnna, Lynda D. Russell, Kenneth W. Forsht and wife Linda, and David W. Forsht and wife Karen. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and sisters, Anita Aldred and husband Charles, and Mary Lou Struttmann and husband Norman. Jewel is predeceased by her sister, Betty Moore and husband William Moore.
Jewel was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on February 15, 1924. Her family settled in Maryland after living in New York and Washington, D.C. She graduated from Maryland Park High in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. She met Dutch while commuting on a bus. They wed August 11, 1943. After marriage, Dutch and Jewel lived in Bellevue located in S.W. Washington, D.C.
As a homemaker, Jewel raised four children, Ray, Lynda, Ken and David and she helped raise her first grandson, Richard, for four years after the sudden death of his mother. She enjoyed gardening, ceramics and painting china, which she shared with her entire family and friends. She was artistic and resourceful. Card and table games were very popular in the Forsht household.
In 1949, Dutch and Jewel relocated to Temple Hills, Maryland. In the 1960s, Jewel worked part-time at the Government Printing Office and volunteered at PG County libraries while raising a family. She finished her career as a secretary at the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
Dutch and Jewel relocated to Sarasota, Florida in 1995 and enjoyed retirement together. They split their time between Sarasota, Florida and Dunkirk, Maryland where their son, David and family and daughter, Lynda both live. Their family was most important to them, especially their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home.