Delores “Lori” Forness

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Delores “Lori” Catherine Forness, nee Middendorf, 85, of Belleville, IL, born October 7, 1934, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, October 17, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mrs. Forness was a legal secretary for Fleming and Ulkus Attorneys for 55 years and belonged to the Legal Secretary’s Association. She was a loyal member of St. Mary Catholic Church and belonged to the ladies sodality at the church. Delores also was a special education religion teacher at St. Mary Catholic School, Belleville, IL.

Lori loved and enjoyed spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. She loved camping and playing pinochle with her friends and family. She will be deeply missed by all of them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank B. and Clara M., nee Buss, Middendorf; a brother, Francis Middendorf; a sister, Geraldine Hermann; and two brothers-in-law, Glenn Herrmann and Fred Hermann.

Surviving are her husband of nearly 64 years, Donald T. Forness, whom she married on November 24, 1955;
two sons, Michael (Jan) Forness, and Daniel (Karen) Forness;
a daughter, Donna Marie Forness;
7 grandchildren;
9 great-grandchildren;
and three sisters, Hermina (Leo) Voss, Margaret (Tom) Hilpert, and Mary Ellen Herrmann.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SAVE (St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, Inc.), to St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL with Fr. Christopher Anyanwu officiating.

Burial will be at a later date.


3 Comments on Delores “Lori” Forness

The Sax Family said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2019 at 1:26 AM

Don and family, Please accept our deepest sympathies and many prayers during this difficult time. Thinking of all of you and sending our love. Kay and family

  • Belleville
  • Il
Donnie McElderry and Carol said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2019 at 5:46 PM

So sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Remember her wonderful life and all the good memories you have of her. Donnie McElderry and Carol.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Lesa & Chris Stiller & Mother said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2019 at 12:58 AM

So sorry to hear about your mother. What a wonderful life she had, but the journey she is on now is even better. Celebrate her life and know she is with the Lord ? Hugs & Prayers for you all, Lesa,Chris & Marge

  • Bourbon
  • Missouri

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