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Memorial set for Kathleen Forgey

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Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Forgey of Chesterton died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at her second home in Ft. Myers, Fla., from complications of breast cancer. She was 55.

She was born July 18, 1955 in Kankakee, Ill., to George and Shirley Helopoulos. She was a graduate of Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School in 1973 and attended Kankakee College, where she earned an Associate of Science degree in Radiologic Technology in 1975. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1995 from Indiana University Northwest, her MA of Anthropology in 1997, and her PhD of Anthropology in 2006, both from University of Illinois Chicago. She was a Biological Anthropologist and Research Associate with the Field Museum in Chicago and a member of the regional DMORT (disaster mortuary operational response team).

Kathy married Ken Forgey on April 17, 1976. The couple lived in Bourbonnais, Centralia, Frankfort, and Mt. Vernon, all in Illinois, finally settling in Chesterton. Along the way, while raising four children, Kathy also experienced careers in real estate, stained glass making, doctors assistant, and field schools in Peru. She was a devoted wife, mother, and professor of anthropology at several universities in the Chicago and Indiana area.

Kathy was proud of her pioneering research in the field of ancient DNA and conducted several archaeological field trips to Peru. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and had been undergoing extensive treatment at the time of her death.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Ken Forgey; children Ben, Dan, Krista, and David; and grandchildren Reese and Benjamin, children of Ben Forgey; father George Helopoulos, of Bourbonnais; brother Chris Helopoulos of Seminole, Fla.; sister Jenny Goselin, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and brothers Dino Helopoulos, of Bonfield, Ill. and Andy Helopoulos of Los Angeles, Calif.

Kathy was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Helopoulos, who also died of complications of breast cancer.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest remembrances be sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the cure of breast cancer. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton.


Posted 11/16/2010