North Chicago, Ill.
Carl William Foerstner, 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. An 11 a.m. funeral Mass for Carl will celebrate his life on Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Ninth Street and Linden Avenue, Wilmette, Ill. The Rev. William Sheridan will celebrate the Mass. A private burial will be held. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the church.
Carl was born and reared in Chicago, the son of William and Florence (DeVuono) Foerstner. He graduated from William Dever Elementary School and Steinmetz High School and attended St. Francis Borgia Parish. As a child, Carl loved visiting his father's hometown of South Amana, Iowa, part of the Amana Colonies where his grandparents lived. On visits, he especially enjoyed fishing with his grandpa Carl Foerstner on the Iowa River. He studied pharmacy at Butler University in Indianapolis and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He played drums for the Steinmetz marching band, played piano and enjoyed music of all kinds. He liked to tell people he was in the army at the same time as Elvis Presley.
He was the cherished brother of Abigail Foerstner, brother-in-law of her husband, Arthur Caudy, and the treasured uncle of John Caudy, William Caudy, Elizabeth Caudy (Thomas Allen) and Laura (Caudy) Sira (Craig Sira).
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Amana Heritage Society, P.O. Box 81, Amana, IA 52203.