Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:57

Funeral Mass held for Dr. Forstall, long-time friend of diocese

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Forstall JamesA funeral Mass was held March 10 for Dr. James C. Forstall of Springfield who died March 3 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Forstall, 85, was a member of St. Agnes Parish and served the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for many years in several capacities including, among other things, a member of the Black Catholic Commission. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki conferred the Magnificat Award on Forstall in 2013.

“Dr. Forstall was an influential force for good in Springfield,” said Bishop Paprocki. “He used that gift from God to make life better for people.”

A decorated Army veteran with tours of duty in the Korea and Vietnam conflicts, Forstall retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He received his doctorate in higher education from Illinois State University and spent his professional years in administrative positions at the former Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois at Springfield), Lincoln Land Community College, SIU School of Medicine and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Forstall was a prolific community servant whose work included leadership in Frontiers International, the Springfield chapter of the NAACP and the Springfield Dominican Anti-Racism Team. He co-chaired the Diocesan Task Force for Racial Justice and in 2016, was named the [Springfield] State Journal-Register’s First Citizen Award recipient.

“Words I use to describe Jim include determined, optimistic, dedicated, humble, gracious and dependable,“ said Donna Moore, director of the diocesan Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries.

He is survived by his wife, Giovanna of Springfield, two sons and four grandchildren.

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