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Martha Jean Forbes, age 91, of Meadville, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Rolling Fields Nursing Home on Saturday, October 28, 2017. She was born in Meadville on March 22, 1926, to the late Mike and Pearl Bigusiak.
On September 13, 1947, she married Farley J. Forbes. Farley passed away on April 29, 2003. She was a graduate of Meadville Area Senior High. After graduating, she worked for Westinghouse. After getting married she stayed at home to care for the children and also worked as a children's caregiver and raised foster kids. She was a member of Stone United Methodist Church, former member of the Eastern Star, an avid knitter and loved to play Bingo.
Survivors include her three sons: Jeffrey (Kirsten) Forbes of Pittsburgh, Michael (Beth) Forbes of Meadville and Michael (Sabrina) Forbes, of the U.S. Army, currently stationed in Italy; daughter Deborah Dee Wrona; and foster son Jim Motters of Pittsburgh. Three grandchildren: Shannon Puhala, Ryan Forbes and Santanna Forbes; and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding Martha in death along with her husband are four brothers and four sisters: Mike Lipton, Charles Lipton, Steve Bigusiak, Andy Bigusiak, Edna Parks, Mary McCracken, Lillian DeRemer and Wanda Smock.
Calling hours will be on Tuesday, October 31, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral will be on Wednesday, November 1, at 11 a.m. A private burial will follow at Greendale Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her late husband Farley.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the Crawford County Humane Society, 11012 Kennedy Hill Rd., Meadville, PA 16335. Arrangements are under the care of Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home and Crematory, 614 Baldwin St. Meadville, PA 16335. Please sign Martha's online guestbook at hatheway-tedesco.com
Published on October 30, 2017
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