Lillian Catherine Forster

                                                          ┌── Jacob Joseph Forster
                                                          │    1836-1914 
                             ┌── Philip Charles Forster ──┤
                             │    1868-1947               │
                             │                            └── Cidona Benz
                             │                                 1840-1910 
Lillian Catherine Forster ───┤
B: 1918                      │                            ┌── Frantisek Seraph Wit
D: 2002                      │                            │
                             └── Maria Wit ───────────────┤
                                  1874-1963               │
                                                          └── Katerina Pesla
M: Jack Wendell Hinshaw

Lillian Catherine Forster     [ID 00000] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Lillian Catherine Forster1 [Lillian Katherine Cecelia Forster2].

Lillian was born at home, so no birth certificate was recorded.  The Forster family bible records her birth as "Lillian Kathering Cecelia", although throughout life she did not use the name "Cecelia" and always spelled her second name as "Catherine".3  

Born Apr 24 1918, at her parents' home, 7621 Morgan St., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; 1 A.M.1,2,3,4,5,6  

She married Jack Wendell Hinshaw, June 9 1939.2,3  Jack Wendell Hinshaw, son of Walter A. Hinshaw & Natalia Ann Doty, was born Mar 31 1916, McLean County, Illinois.6,7  

All of the other marriage entries in the family bible recorded details such as the date and the name of the church where the ceremony was performed.  Lillian and Jack's entry is simply "Lillian Katherine to Jack" (with "Hinshaw" written in later in a different hand in different ink).  Apparently the Forsters were not pleased with her marrying a protestant "heathen".2  

Jack Wendell Hinshaw died May 16 1992, Dolton, Cook County, Illinois.6,7  

Lillian Catherine Forster died Nov 6 2002, Will County, Illinois.1,6,7  

Lillian died from a stroke.7  No burial was performed as she donated her body for medical research.7  

A memorial service was held for her on Saturday, November 9, 2002 at St. Mary's Church in Mokena, Illinois, with many friends and family in attendence.7  

Lillian's death notice was published in the "Chicago Tribune" on Sunday, November 10, 2002:7,8

Lillian C. Hinshaw

Lillian Catherine Hinshaw, nee Forster, 84, died Nov. 6, 2002.  Loving wife of the late Jack W. Hinshaw; beloved mother of Jeannine Charnota, Judy Majcher, Jay Hinshaw, Jan Hinshaw, Jill Pudwell and the late Joy Danovsky; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  Private service.

(photo)Photo: Lillian Catherine Forster birth certificate 4

(photo)Photo: Lillian Catherine Forster baptismal certificate 9

(photo)Photo: Lillian Catherine Forster 1936 yearbook, Calumet High School, Chicago, Illinois 10

Social Security information for Lillian Catherine Forster: 339-01-8328

Social Security information for Jack Wendell Hinshaw: 340-14-3480


  1. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007;
  2. The Philip Forster family bible, dated (copyright) 1883, in the possession of Lillian (Forster) Hinshaw (1).
  3. personal knowledge.
  4. Cook County, Illinois, County Clerk's Office, Vital Records:
  5. Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922;
  6. SSDI.
  7. Personal knowledge of Jan Hinshaw.
  9. Photo from Jan Hinshaw family photos.
  10. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012;

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