LaVonne (Von/Pooch) Alton Forsch and Laurie Irene (Monty) Forsch are re-united once more in heaven. Our Dad passed from this world on December 22, 2016 and our Mom on November 7, 2018. Our parents love story spanned almost 60 years.
Our Dad was the third of thirteen children and was born on October 20, 1935 to Emil and Albina (Stroh) Forsch in the family sod house on his grandparent’s South Dakota homestead. He worked side by side on the farm with his father, learning a strong work ethic that he kept for the rest of his life and passed on to his children. When all the chores were done at the end of the day you could find him with his brother and best friend, Bing, fishing, hunting and playing baseball. Our Dad was a journeyman electrician and was a proud union member of IBEW for 45 years. Our Dad was a big, strong man and a true gentleman and protector. When he laughed it was usually with a mischievous glint in his eyes that made you laugh with him.
Our Mom was born on April 25, 1936, to parents Algern and Helen (Honkala) in Phelps, Wisconsin. Mom grew up with one brother and her beloved sister, Betty. Mom and Betty were very close and shared so many memories of laughter. After high school graduation she moved to San Francisco and took great pride in creating her own life there. It was in San Francisco that she met a handsome Army Sergeant from South Dakota who stole her heart and made her his wife. Our Dad started out in refrigeration before finding his true passion as a journeyman electrician and helped put in all the cooling units in Candlestick Park. During this time, their first three children, Cynthia, Cheryl and Mike were born. Dad was also a missile operator in the US Army and when the uncertainty of the Cuban Missile Crisis began he moved his small family back to South Dakota near the family farm as he feared that war was imminent. It was there that my Mom and Dad were surprised with twin daughters, Kristi and Karla. Since they were expecting one boy that they had already decided to name Mark, it came at quite a shock to say the least. Through the years our family moved to Colorado, Wyoming and eventually Montana where our Dad retired. Our Mom was a dedicated wife and mother and she took great care to make us all feel special and loved. Mom was the rock of our family and was very independent, bordering on stubborn. She carried herself with grace and strength that made everyone that met her, love her. She had a beautiful spirit and although her body gave out, her spirit never faltered.
Our parents were survived by daughters, Cynthia McCarty of Billings, Montana, Cheryl (Jeff) Sekich of Gillette, Wyoming, Kristi (Cam) Padilla of Billings, Montana, Karla Axford of North Platte, Nebraska and one son, Michael Forsch of Billings, Montana. They were blessed with nine grandchildren, and five great grand children, that were the light of their lives.
Our parents were preceded in death by their parents, two brothers, five sisters and one son- in- law.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to all the wonderful staff of the Springs. You treated our Mom like she was your family and we will always hold a special place in our hearts of your kindness and compassion. You made the final days of our Mom’s time on this earth easier. Compassus Hospice staff you are truly angels for what you do and your dedication to those in need is inspiring.
A celebration of our parent’s lives will be held in the spring time in Burke, South Dakota, where they will be laid to rest in the Forsch family cemetery, together as they were in life.