Phyllis Forstie, 85

Phyllis I. Forstie, 85, of Alma, Michigan and formerly of Montpelier, passed away Wednesday at Mid Michigan Medical Center in Alma.  She was born on October 4, 1928 in Montpelier to Jay L. and Della E. (Rohr) Tressler.  Phyllis graduated from Montpelier High School in 1945.  On December 26, 1979 she married Andrew E. Forstie in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and he preceded her in death on December 5, 1992.

Phyllis was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Montpelier.  She was a past president of the Montpelier Business and Professional Women.  She retired in 1984 as an executive secretary at Bombardier Inc. in Duluth, Minnesota.  After her retirement she enjoyed spending her time reading and crafting.

She is survived by one son Daniel L. Gilbert of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; one daughter Virginia D. Camp of Alma, Michigan; one daughter in law Diane Gilbert of Montpelier; three step sons Dennis (Sue) Forstie of Riverside, California, Daniel “Chuck” (Claudia) Forstie of Phoenix, Arizona and Joe (Debra) Forstie of Seattle, Washington; two step daughters Sandra Delmato of Columbus, Ohio and Nancy (Anthony) Schmidt of Goodyear, Arizona; twenty two grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, husband Andrew and one son Michael Gilbert.

There will be a private graveside service for Phyllis in the spring of 2014 at Shiffler Cemetery near Bryan, Ohio.  Donations in her memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Online condolences can be left for the family at

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