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Nell Dorothy (Askervitch) Forsberg

November 23, 1916 ~ September 22, 2021 (age 104)


WORCESTER - Nell Dorothy (Askervitch) Forsberg of Worcester, at 104 years old, died on Tuesday, September 22, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

She was predeceased by her devoted husband, Chester E. Forsberg.  She leaves three children, Ann, wife of Edward St. Germaine, Dorothy Forsberg and Judith Santella.  Her son-in-law, Stephen Santella, recently passed away in June.  She leaves a nephew, Peter Askervitch and extended family member, Obdulio Rodriguez.  She was predeceased by her three brothers, William, Joseph, and Peter Askervitch; two sisters, Anne Askervitch and Bertha Dillon, brother-in-law, John Dillon and nephew, Michael Dillon.

Nell was born in Worcester and married Chester (Chet), the love of her life, in June 1951.  She worked as an inspector for the Telechrom Company, a Department of General Electric for many years until she chose to start a family and happily became a stay-at-home mom where she remained nurturing, loving and caring for her precious family until she died.  She grew up in Auburn and was a member of the first class to graduate at Auburn High School.  She loved playing cards, Pinochle and Cribbage being favorites, and family vacations to Cape Cod and Old Orchard Beach in Maine.  She was especially happy visiting family every summer at Spofford Lake, New Hampshire, where there were many spirited nightly card games.

She adored her family and was the rock they relied on for so very long.  She developed Macular Degeneration in 1995 and lost all of her central vision and as difficult as it was, she still managed to enjoy her life with her family and never questioned God's plan for her.  She was an avid reader before losing her sight and Talking Books from the Worcester Public Library enabled her to continue reading.  She spread her love to many of her daughters' friends and was always a listening ear when they needed advice or just to talk to her.  Nell belonged to Our Lady of the Angels Church in Worcester.  

Funeral services will be private and in the care of Rice Funeral Home of Worcester.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Macular Degeneration Research at Bright Focus Foundation ( or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) at:  American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515 (


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Nell Dorothy (Askervitch) Forsberg


Macular Degeneration Research at Bright Focus Foundation
22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg MD 20871
Tel: 1-800-437-2423

American Macular Degeneration Foundation
P.O. Box 515, Northampton MA 01061-0515
Tel: 1-413-268-7660

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