- December 16, 1925 - April 17, 2012
of Kathryn's Passing
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“We will all miss Ms. Forwood. She was the glue that held our band together with her dedication and love of music, which inspired all of us. She was...Read More »
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“No one can measure how high or how wide this very special lady has touched so many lives with her love. Just a note Chichester Marching Band under...Read More »
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“A gem has gone to glory! Mrs. Forwood taught me to know when to be gracious, when it was time to work hard, and when it was time to just have fun....Read More »
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“Remembering our band director with much love, respect and admiration for her wonderful full life. She gave much to all of us in the Chichester band....Read More »
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“It was my honor to know Mrs. Forwood as my band director at Chi. She put our school on the map by creating the best band of all! She taught us to...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Jo Apichella
“Kitty & I have been friends for over 20 years.
My friend Cleta Doyle brought me to her house for our 1st prayer group sessions. They have continued...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Linda O'Rourke
“I will always rembember her starched white uniform. Her magnificent presents in front of the band during a concert. Rest in peace.
8 of 15 | Posted by: Charlotte Heacock Mattsson
“Looks like heaven needed some more music. If I shut my eyes, I can see her standing in front of a thousand piece band.
9 of 15 | Posted by: Dan Heacock
“My very good friend Kate, I will miss you. Sincerely, Sally Duko
10 of 15 | Posted by: Sara Duko
“Who could ever forget that infectious smile. She will forever be missed.
11 of 15 | Posted by: Bev Price Forsythe
“In 1986 I had a young filly that I was interested in getting trained. I wound up at the Forwood Farm with Art Allen taking over as trainer. It was...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Richard Davis
“I am a 1965 graduate of Chichester High School,and Mrs Forward was my chorus teacher,band instructor,bus driver, and a woman that I have admired for...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Joyce Templin
“Memories of this beautiful women will last forever! As a 1981 Chichester Band Graduate I had the huge pleasure of marching in the Alumni Band with...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Brenda Myers Allen
“Mrs. Forwood was one of a kind and a very special lady. It was a pleasure to get to know her through my husband Tom Stephens who was originally one...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Stephens
Bertha Kathryn Eppley Forwood passed away at her home on Colora on April 17, 2012.
Kathryn born in Carisle, Pennsylvania December 16, 1925. Always known as Kathryn or Kate, she was trained as a pianist, but her heart's desire was only to become an instrumental band director. Since women at that time were not allowed to be band directors, toward that end, she took all the appropriate courses at West Chester State College. She actually was graduated with a degree in choral music. It should not be surprising that Forwood went into education because her great great great grandfather, Joseph Ritner, had been a pro-education governor of Pennsylvania from 1835 - 1839.
In 1947, she was hired as a choral director in Upper Chichester, a district that later became just Chichester. In 1948, she married William Forwood who had dubbed her Kitty, the name by which her students have known her. Encouraged by the local parents and supported by her husband, she began building an instrumental band. By 1954, the Chichester High School Band was a source of pride in the community.
Forwood retired from teaching after 22 years due to blindness, the result of a brain tumor. In the mid 1980's, the Forwoods moved to Colora, Maryland to a horse farm. There she was active in the Nazarene Church just next door to her farm. In 1987 she was recruited to direct the Chichester Alumni Band which later became the Chichester Alumni Community Band.
Forwood is survived by her dear friends, Art Allen and Charlene Banks, a brother Robert Eppley, a niece and nephews as well as a host of former students and friends who have loved and adored her.
Services will be held at Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene, 2626 Jacob Tome Hwy, Colora, MD 21917 on Saturday April 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family may call at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Zion Cemetery in Allen, PA on Monday April 23 at 10:00 a.m..