Obituary of M. Louise Forbes
M. Louise Forbes, 75, of Bernardsville, NJ, passed away on August 16, 2022, with her daughter at her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint James Catholic Church, 184 South Finley Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 on August 30, 2022 at 11 am. Visitation will be held at Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home, 101 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, on August 29, 2022 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements.
Louise was born in Tacoma, WA to Bruce Charles Forbes and Margaret Marcoe Forbes on August 7, 1947. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and Saint Leo's High School in Tacoma, WA and graduated in 1965. She began her career as a service representative for Pacific Northwest Bell in Tacoma, WA and rose into upper management at AT&T, where she worked for 31 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in in Communications from The College of Saint Elizabeth and a Master of Arts in Organizational Behavior from Farleigh Dickinson University while excelling in her career at AT&T. After retiring from AT&T, Louise became active in Rotary International, receiving numerous accolades and serving in multiple leadership positions at the local and district levels. She was most proud of events such as Bernardsville Rotary's yearly car show, annual track meet, and semi-annual Veteran's Dinners at the Lyons VA Hospital.
Louise is survived by her daughter, Maria Louise Wonsetler of Bernardsville, NJ, siblings Roger (Jeanne) Forbes, Beverly Littig (Jim), Roberta Olson (Bob), Barbara Anderson (Jerry), Ralph Forbes, Gladys Forbes (Gabe Andersen), Yvonne Wiggins (John), Marty Forbes, 16 nieces and nephews, 14 great-nieces and -nephews, and countless chosen family members. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Margaret Forbes.
Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey, 175 South Street, Morristown , NJ 07960 or vnannj.org.