Virginia Kay (Liberty) Forsberg

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died February 24th, 2020

Virginia Kay (Liberty) Forsberg, 76, of Escanaba, passed away, February 24, 2020 at UP Health Systems-Marquette.

She was born in Escanaba, on August 27, 1943, daughter of Ronald E. and Mary J. (Rae) Liberty. Virginia was raised and attended school in Escanaba, graduating in 1961. She married Floyd Edward Forsberg on August 25, 1962 at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock.

Virginia was a homemaker who cherished raising and taking care of her children. She was a RSVP volunteer and member of the Gladstone Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children, Paula (Randy) Clairmont of Marinette, Michael Forsberg of Jacksonville, FL and Joan (Rick) Norden of Escanaba; grandson, David (Yen) Hendrickson of Honolulu; siblings, Bonita Potts of Ford River, Mary Ott of Gladstone, Gerald Liberty of Escanaba and Angela (Rick) Dubois of Escanaba; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Floyd; brothers, Roderick and Ronald Liberty; sister, Rose Liberty; and half-sisters, Lillian (Earl) Anderson of Ishpeming and Rona Berhow.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 17th from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The celebration of life will follow at 4 p.m. with her grandson, David Hendrickson officiating.

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9 Tributes to “Virginia Kay (Liberty) Forsberg”

  1. Paula, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I pray the memories you hold dear will help you through this difficult time.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I always think of her as a quiet loving woman with an infectious smile. She was truly special and I’m so glad to have known her. Hang on to those good memories and she’ll always be with you.

  3. Although Virginia (Ginner) and I were born in same family, I was raised by an aunt from about 2 years of age and never saw my birth family until I was about 15 years old when I initiated contact. Then I lived away from Escanaba for 35 years after getting married. But Virginia (2nd oldest of my siblings) and I used to exchange letters occasionally and she would keep me up to date on what the family was doing. She was a very responsible “caretaker” and helped our step-dad, Leo, care for all the younger kids when my mom had to go into a TB sanitorium for 2 years. My brother Roderick was already in the Air Force at the time and I was about 14-15 when my mom went to Marquette. My mom insisted on going home after two years since Ginner wanted to get married and mom was needed at home, although her doctors did not want her to leave that soon. Ginner got married and raised 3 beautiful children – Paula, Michael and Joan. She was always an excellent, meticulous housekeeper — even her garage floor was spotless (hard to believe with our weather in Michigan!). I moved back to Escanaba to care for my learning disabled brother “Boy” 17+ years ago (and had been a widow for several years). I always invited Ginner to the many family gatherings/dinners when I moved back here and Ginner got to see many nieces and nephews all in one place and really seemed to enjoy those get-togethers. Being a homemaker all of her life, she tended to be on the shy side, just like my mom but wasn’t shy around family when she had an opinion about something! LOL! I will miss her very much but after all the surgeries she had to have in recent years, am content that the suffering is over. She wasn’t the kind of person to give up, but her body finally did. May she rest in peace.

  4. Mike, Paula, and Joan: I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was always so good to us when we visited in the summer. I remember her welcoming us kids without question and letting us stay for days on end with the three of you! It was so good to get to see her again a few summers back. I’ll always cherish my childhood memories of Aunt Ginner. Love and hugs to you all from Kansas.

    Anna Gay (niece)

  5. Cheryl ( Guy) Liberty: I only met Ginner one time, but she was very sweet. My husband Guy and I drove from Kansas to Michigan, with our daughter, Airica, a few years ago, to visit family he had not seen in quite a few years. It was a very nice visit. I only wish I had been able to get to know Ginner better before Guy passed away– we planned on making more trips to the “UP” state, not sure if I said that right. I am very sorry for Aunt Ginner having to go thru all she did the last couple years:( Guy told me he remembered her sending cards for birthdays and such and writing to him when he was in the Military. The whole family ❤️ is in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Joan, Paula, and Michael all the times I spent with your mom we had alot of fun. I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed . Prayers and love you all.

  7. Paula, Mike and Joan, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mama. I have so many beautiful fond memories of our summer vacations on Lake Michigan. She would make sure we were welcome and she would always invite us over for a special dinner. She was so thoughtful and caring., writing letters, sending cards and keeping us updated on all the family in Escanaba. Your mama was so very special, always concerned for others and serving! We’ll miss her terribly! Our prayer’s are for comfort and peace during this painful time! Blessing’s upon each of you!
    Love and prayer’s, Aunt Shirl

  8. So sorry for the loss of your Mother, Sister, Ginner. My thoughts and prayers to the Family.

  9. I will truly miss my cousin Ginner. I enjoyed our talks and written letters a lot, even after all these years. We just talked and exchanged letters a week and a half before she passed away. I grew up with Ginner and her brothers, Guy and Boy, her sister Mary. I remember skating with Ginner and hanging out at night with her. Many times we were out as long as the sun was out. Ginner took care of her brothers and sisters a lot with her mom gone often in the hospital. She took care of them even when she was married. Ginner also helped others besides helping with her siblings. She would help out anyone at anytime. She often helped my mom (her aunt), along with her other aunts and many numerous people I probably don’t even know about. But, she was most helpful when she cared for her brother Boy who lived on his own for many years, but still needed help. Her Mom wanted to go home from the hospital because she did not like being in there. Ginner would even go check on her mom then, as she was married at the time. Then she got pregnant and had her own kids Paul, Michael and Joan who I only met when they were tiny. She told me all about them when we talked and she wrote. I enjoyed the pictures she would send me of the kids as they grew, she was so proud of them. This world has lost a wonderful person and I have a lost a cousin and friend. I know she is probably having a wonderful time in heaven with all our family, miss you Ginner!

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