Theresa Forgue
1927 - 2021
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Forgue, Theresa

Theresa Forgue, nee Bartolucci, age 94 of Lincolnwood. Adored wife, of 64 years, of George Forgue. Loving mother of George, Susan and Tom (Dori McDonald) . Dear grandmother of David (Kate Hahn), Alex, (Theresa) Gemma, and Cormac, and great grandmother of Thomas. Her life was one of accomplishment starting with a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1940s. She rose from seamstress to chief designer and executive director of the former Chicago fashion house, Adrian Tabin, in the 1950s. In the 1960s she was one of the first women to return to college, and after graduating from Northeastern Illinois University, she became the first art teacher at St. Patrick High School. In more than twenty years of teaching, she mentored numerous students who won many awards . Her passions included furthering her art and all things relating to Jane Austen. She will be greatly missed. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, April 28th, 10AM, Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash Ave, Chicago, IL 60646. Internment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Theresa's name may be made to the MDS Foundation,, or to a charity of your choice. Information 773-736-3833 or visit

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times from Apr. 23 to Apr. 26, 2021.
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April 28, 2021
Dear George and Family...Our deepest sympathy and prayers n you loss. I am Helen and Ben Appolito´s oldest Granddaughter . I always enjoyed the times we could see you and Mary and Joe. These times meant the world to my grandparents. My Grandmother loved both her cousin and her Zia Nana. Theresa was a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed. We have sent a donation to MDS Fouundation in Theresa´s name. It is from the Bartolucci,, Appolito, and Nardella Families. You and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Barbara Nardella Salyer
April 26, 2021
Mothers fill a very special part of our hearts. We are sending you loving thoughts and our most sincere condolences. May all the wonderful memories you have sustain you through this difficult grieving time.
Barbara Oplawski-Ruppert & Rich Ruppert
April 25, 2021
I taught at Saint Patrick High School with Theresa for nearly two decades. She was a wonderfully talented lady. RIP.
Brother John Blease, FSC
April 24, 2021
I taught with Theresa at St. Pat's in the 70's. She was an inspiration to me--I will never forget her. I'm happy that she had such a long and fulfilling life.
Jean Zenk Tucker
April 23, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person
April 23, 2021
Theresa was my art teacher at St. Pat's back in the mid 1970's. She was very talented. I still remember making cut outs for printing Christmas cards out of linoleum blocks. May she rest in peace.
Phil Bracht
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