Verna M. "Midge"
Fornshell, age 83 of Porter, IN, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
She was born on
April 3, 1937, in Waukegan, IL, to Nicholas and Neomia (Terrien) Oke, both
of whom preceded her in death.
On March 14, 1959,
she married the love of her life, James "Rowdy" Fornshell, whom she was
married to for 57 years before his death in February 2017.
Midge is survived
by her loving daughters, Cara (Philip) Lau of Westville, IN, and Terry Byrd
of Michigan City, IN.; her grandchildren, Tony Lau, Nicholas Lau, Benjamin
(Megan Hill) Lau, Tonya (Tom) Troy, Cristina (Julian) Cobb, Michael Brown
and Matthew Brown; seven great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
She was also
preceded in death by sisters, Nomie Lewis, Gail Horton and brothers, Jerry
Oke and Wally Oke.
Midge and Rowdy
together proudly owned the Village Tavern in Porter from 1979 to 2005 and
made many friends and acquaintances over the 26 years they had the business.
Midge had a special love of life and loved to socialize. She loved her
swimming pool and reveled in having guests and parties there. She was proud
of her Irish ancestry and loved celebrating St. Patrick's Day every year.
She dearly loved her cats over the years and held a special place in her
heart for Dusty, whom she recently lost.
A private memorial
service will be held at a later date. Donations in Midge’s name may be made
to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at LBDA.org or The Independent Cat
Society, P.O. Box 735, Westville, IN 46391.
handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304.
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