Louis Forster, 83, Coast Guard machinist

October 06, 2004

Louis Forster, a retired Coast Guard machinist and World War II veteran, died of Parkinson's disease Saturday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. The former Pasadena resident was 83.

Mr. Forster was born in Baltimore and raised in Ednor Gardens. He attended Polytechnic Institute, later earning his General Educational Development diploma there.

During World War II, he served as an armored tank driver with Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army and fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a machinist for 38 years at the Coast Guard's Curtis Bay yard until retiring in 1986. During the 1960s, he taught machine shop at Poly's night school.

Mr. Forster was treasurer of the Brehms Boys Club in East Baltimore, and was also an avid fisherman and vegetable gardener. He also liked collecting antiques.

He was a communicant of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church in Pasadena.

A funeral Mass was offered yesterday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Fullerton.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Margaret Alice Metzger; a son, Louis T. Forster of Middle River; a sister, Madeline E. Foster of Pasadena; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

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