She was born on October 8, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Earl Franklin Forbush and Mildred Ella Ogle.
Cora spent her entire professional life in education. She received her BS degree from UW La Crosse in 1948, her MS degree from UW Madison in 1952 and her Ph.D. from UW Madison in 1971. In 1967 Cora attended the University of Colorado for 1 year of coursework. She began her career in Oconomowoc public schools, teaching Physical Education to students in grades 1-12 during 1948 and 1949. Cora moved to Milwaukee in 1950 and taught PE and Health at Bayview High School for two years. Cora became Dean at Carthage College, Carthage, IL during 1952-1956. Cora was hired as Associate Dean – Women at UW Whitewater in 1956 and retired 32 years later in 1988. Cora was an avid outdoors person and thoroughly enjoyed her YMCA Camp Manitowish (Boulder Junction, WI) experiences. She served in counseling and administration roles and participated in camping and chapel activities including navigation of the over 1300 lakes in Villas County, Canadian fishing, and canoe tripping. Cora is remembered fondly by the Camp staff and is recognized as a memorable role model for the younger campers. She participated in social/honorary fraternity and sorority activities in her spare time. Cora was also an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Elkhorn, WI.
Above all, she cherished time spent with her family.
She is survived by her seven nieces, five nephews, and several close friends. In addition to her parents, Cora was preceded in death by her four sisters and one brother. Her closest friend Clayton Droullard recently passed away as well.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the Nitardy Funeral Home Chapel, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI with Pastor Joyce Rich officiating. Friends may call after 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the funeral home until the time of the services.
A service of celebration of life, love, family, camp, church and friendship ties will occur shortly after Labor Day on the Camp Manitowish grounds where her ashes will be spread behind the Pinewoods Chapel as Cora requested. Also, at Cora’s request, in lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Cora’s name and may be given to Camp Manitowish in Boulder Junction, WI or Bethel United Methodist Church in Elkhorn, WI.
Cora’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Fairhaven Senior Services, Whitewater, WI and a special thanks to close friends Mike Ciardo, Char Anderson and Rob Droullard and their families who went above and beyond in all they did for Cora.