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St. Lucy's / St. Bernadetts Catholic Church
Saturday August 29th, 2015

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Saturday August 29th, 2015

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Jean M. Forti

KNOX- Jean Marie Adam Forti passed away peacefully on August 25, 2015 in her home surrounded by her family and pets. She filled her 52 years with love, laughter, adventure and care for others. Jean was born in San Mateo, CA on May 7, 1963, to Kay and Bob Adam. At the age of 6, she and her family moved to a beautiful apricot and walnut orchard in sunny San Jose, CA. Growing up, she was very active in many community and school activities, including Girl Scouts, summer camps, backpacking, tennis, skiing, horseback riding (good old sway-backed George), volunteering, and many family trips around the country. She was a good student in San Jose, CA, participating in a senior prank involving a helicopter and ping pong balls. Her further adventures included a trip to Guatemala, driving around the country with her cousin, and exploring Europe with a best friend. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Combined Sciences. After college, she crossed the country with two friends in a VW Bug, to start a new life in Albany, NY. Jean worked with troubled children at St. Catherine's, and then with Senior Services of Albany. She joined the Hudson Mohawk Sierra Club, only to get lost on a hike and meet her future husband, Tony. On August 24, 1991, they married in Los Gatos, CA, surrounded by good friends and family, redwood trees, and deer (who ate the flowers). Jean and Tony spent the next 24 years building up their house in Knox, raising 3 children, farm animals and countless gardens. Their door and their hearts were always open to anyone who came along. Jean was a pillar in her community. She co-led Girl Scout Troop 1758, helped run the Pony Pals 4-H Club, and organized the Elementary and High School Science Fairs and many PTA after school programs. She was instrumental in the Knox Youth Council and summer camp, Knox Food Pantry, Fox Creek Farm, Meals-on-Wheels, Fox Creek Players, and many other community functions. Despite her illness, she stayed involved as long as possible. Jean brought a feeling of excitement and adventure into everything, always wanted to include everyone and bring any stranger into her circle. She taught her family and friends how to get the most out of every moment. Jean is survived by her husband Tony, daughters Katie and Marcy, son Adam, sisters Sara (Raymond) Luhrman and Cris Adam-Nakayama, brother Scot Adam, mother Kay Adam, several cousins, a niece and two nephews. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 29th at St. Lucy's Church in Altamont, followed by a celebration of Jean's life at the Knox Town Park from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. True to Jean's spirit, this will be a potluck, open to all. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Girl Scouts, or any of Jean's favorite activities.


I found this searching the web for information about old college friends. Jean and I dated at Santa Clara, and all these years later I still have very fond memories of her. It truly saddens me to see this. I am sure she was a delight and wonder to you all and to the community. My best wishes to you, and may the light I know Jean is, continue to shine in your lives. Ben Brooke, class of 1985 Santa Clara

Benjamin Brooke Sep 16 2015 12:00 AM

Words can't begin to express our sadness at the loss of such a loving, caring, and kind woman. She gave so much to everyone and was an amazing contributor to our community. She will be greatly missed. Tony, Adam, Katie, and Marcy you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marla and Ken Briggs Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

I have such good memories of playing in the orchards with Jean, husking walnuts and riding in Kay's 'bug' with the sunroof open and our heads hanging out. I have thought fondly of these memories many, many times over the years.

Michelle Wardleigh Edis Aug 30 2015 12:00 AM

Thomas Adam Aug 28 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jean Forti

Thomas Adam Aug 28 2015 12:00 AM

I was stunned she passed away. I loved Jeannie and all her family. She will be missed but not as much as my sister. I have fond memories of her growing up and visiting her family as a kid. I will say this for Aunt Kay and her family, being a pre teen on the camping trip with them. I am sorry I was not the well behave kid at times. I did like exploring. You, Jeannie are taking care of the garden up stairs. God Bless you and I love ya

Thomas Adam Aug 28 2015 12:00 AM

We in the Hudson Mohawk Group of the Sierra Club, of which Jean was part of a while back will miss her so much. The last time I saw Jean was at our fundraising dinner last year and I'm so glad she could make it. She was so open, friendly and spontaneous - a true ray of light. I'm so glad I knew you. Peace to you, Tony and your wonderful children.

Pete Sheehan Aug 28 2015 12:00 AM

Dear family of Jean, I am so sad for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. May the Lord bless and comfort you during this time of grief. Please accept the sympathies and condolences from my family.

Robert Ferguson Aug 27 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry to about Jean's passing. It was a pleasure and an honor to have known her. God speed.

Jane snyder Aug 27 2015 12:00 AM

Much love and many hugs to all of you. Wrapping you up in a big blanket of prayers.

Penny Shaw Aug 27 2015 12:00 AM

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