Obituary of Susan Forte
Susan Forte passed away surrounded by friends, family and lots of love on April 15, 2019.
She was born 8 minutes after her twin brother, Steve, on February 8, 1948 to Angela and Leonard Schifsky in Berkeley, CA.
Coming of age in Berkeley during the 1960’s, she developed her avid dislike of war and staunch democratic beliefs. She was inspired by the messages of Abbie Hoffman and Mario Savio.
In 1976 she moved to Nevada City with her 6-year-old daughter, Morgan. She built a house with her own hammer in the forest at 4200’ elevation off Highway 20.
In 1980, she broke barriers by becoming one of the few women hired by Cal Trans in Truckee, CA as a maintenance person. Soon she moved up to equipment operator in the Nevada City yard. She retired in 1992 to start her own business.
A renaissance woman, she has been a business owner, house painter, school bus driver, equipment operator, weaver, fiber and textile artist and mother extraordinaire. Her creative spirits lead her to investigate and practice many artistic disciplines. She challenged herself to create something every day.
In 1987 Susan married the love of her life, Leonard Forte. They enjoyed almost 28 years of marriage until his passing in 2014.
By example, she encouraged us to do our best. Often when given great service by a retail clerk, or a car wash attendant, she took time to write letters of appreciation to their employers.
Despite many challenges, Susan’s physical, emotional and ethical strength shone through to the end of her life.
She is survived by her daughter, Morgan Best; her grandson, James Best; and sister, Lynda White. She will be remembered fondly by her dear friends Annie Sorenson, Jane Melia, Susan Spencer.
Susan was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Forte; brothers Stephen Schifsky, Gregory Schifsky and Michael Schifsky, as well as her close friend Dixie Anne Tuebert.
A celebration of her well-lived life will be held later this month.
In lieu of flowers you are welcome to make a donation to Sammie’s Friends in her honor.
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