Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary Forster (Sister Mary Agnese), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Nov. 2 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. She was 95 years old and had been in religious life for 72 years.

She was born on Feb. 5, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late John Thomas Forster and Mary Ann White Forster.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of West Hartford on Feb. 23, 1942, and celebrated her profession of vows on Aug. 23, 1947.

Sister Mary received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education/English from Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford and a master’s degree in administration from Fairfield University. She taught in several elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and Diocese of Bridgeport. She was also principal of several schools, including Our Lady of Sorrows in Hartford, St. Joseph in New Britain and St. Lawrence in West Haven.

In addition to her religious community, Sister Mary is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Edna Atwood and Agnes Coughlin and her brother John L. Forster.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 5 in St. Joseph Chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.