Nancy Forestell


Forestell-Nancy Forestell, loving mother of 3 and beloved wife to John Forestell, died peacefully surrounded by family on February 14, 2023 after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. Nancy was born March 13, 1965 in London, Ontario. She was preceded in death by her parents Paul Beaumier and Joanne Dunn. She is survived by her devoted husband John of 32 years as well as her 3 amazing children; Jordan, John Jr, and Julia. Nancy was cherished by her siblings and was the oldest sister to Brian Beaumier, Jimmy (Amanda) Dunn, Karen (Brian) Ely, and Joe (Jesse) Dunn; sister-in-law to Sharee (Ed) Gotkowski, Mike (Lise) Forestell, and Larry Forestell. Nancy was an incredibly loving and loyal wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was the ultimate example of unconditional love and it poured over into everything that she was involved in. Nancy committed her professional career at Coronation Park Day Care for over 30 years where she proudly worked as an Early Childhood Educator. She loved her students and dedicated her life helping to shape the lives of young children. Nancy absolutely loved being and staying active. She was an active member of both Brigden Country Quilters as well as the Sarnia Quilter’s Guild. She absolutely loved to travel and cherished any activity that was outdoors. Above all else, Nancy was the most passionate about her three children. The pride she felt for each of them was deeply undeniable. She also loved her family and friends with a ferocity that was palpable. If you were ever around her for any period of time, you would inevitably leave feeling special. That was her super power and something her friends and family will always proudly remember her for. Nancy was a beautiful person, inside and out. She was the ultimate warrior. She had so many people who supported her, loved her, and cared for her throughout her battle. The family would like to specifically thank all of the doctors and nurses at Blue Water Health including Dr Kim and all of the Palliative Care staff, Dr Yoshida Oncology, as well as all the at-home PSW’s Karen, Sydney, and Beth that allowed Nancy the opportunity to come home and spend time with family one last time. Lastly, thank you to St Joseph Hospice Facility for providing a peaceful space for Nancy’s final journey. Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Wednesday February 22, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, Corunna on Thursday February 23, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Michael Dwyer celebrating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Corunna. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia. Message and condolences may be left online at Knight 519-862-2845

Visitation Information

Wednesday February 22, 2023 from 4-7 p.m.


St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia

Funeral Date

Memorial Mass 10:30 a.m. Thursday February 23, 2023 at St. Joseph's Church, Corunna

52 thoughts on “Nancy Forestell”

    1. So sorry to hear John. Our thoughts and prayers are with You and the Family
      Sorry I’ll be out of town but will keep you in our thoughts

      Joe Broderick
      Krista Broderick

  1. Cindy Brough. John Brough

    Awe Nanc
    I miss you already hun.
    I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful friendship over the years .
    I am Blessed to have had that 💕
    John , Jordan, Johnny and Julia my heart breaks. Your mom Always cheered you on in whatever journey your life was taking you. She loves you all so so much .
    Sending healing prayers to you and also to Nancy ‘s brothers and sisters. A beautiful show of love and unity is what I witnessed during Nancys journey. God Bless you all.
    I’ll be looking “ UP” Nanc 🌕and watching for the butterflies. 🦋
    Now Fly with the Angels my Angel

    I love you xoxo 💗

  2. Nancy you were truly one of a kind. Your smile was infectious and your joy and love was unsurpassed. Heaven has gained the best soul out there. Sending my love and strength to John and the kids.

  3. My most sincere condolences to everyone in the family. Nancy was a sweet cherished soul and will be greatly missed. RIP Nancy.

  4. My thoughts and prayers go out to John and children and family at the loss of a wonderful lady. She was loved by many. I met her through Brigden Country Quilters and loved her at once. She was very special person. . RIP, Nancy. Barb Leaper.

  5. My deepest condolences to John, Jordan, Julia and John. Nancy was a beautiful person inside and out. My thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️

  6. Dave and Madi Harker

    Nancy, your positive legacy will live on through your family and friends. Thinking of John and the kids during this difficult time.

  7. John and family. So so sorry for your loss. Nancy was a very special person and will miss her lovely smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Jeanne (Vandevenne) and John Pretty

  8. Dear cousin, I never met you. You sound like such a beautiful lady. I hope to meet you on the other side. God bless you and and those who will miss you most deeply.
    Maureen Thurrott

  9. Catherine Roppo-Valente

    sincerest condolences to all her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Catherine Valente & Family

  10. John and family. Chris hoskin and I are so very sorry on the loss of Nancy. She was one of a kind and loved our chats on the soccer side lines. Hopefully healing for you and the family can happen knowing that she is now at peace and resting.

  11. an angel of a human. Always smiled and was there to spread love when the house was missing some of it. An extremely special person to so many. May she rest in peace and watch over us like the amazing mother she was ❤️

  12. Jordan & Family.
    I am so deeply sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I still have memories of her from elementary school. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Emily Murray.

  13. Katherine Sullivan

    Nancy carried with her this inner light! Anyone who saw her wanted to be near her. She was such a sweet loving person to all she met, and if you were lucky enough to be in her presence, you know what I am saying! I think she was an angel among us!
    My condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed by all of us!
    Katherine Sullivan
    Quilting friend

  14. My mom was the most generous, loving and kindest person I have ever known in my entire life. The absolute role model. She always took care of other people before herself and was always thinking of others. She made friends with everyone and she touched peoples lives in a way that could never be replaced. She always made sure to remind me just how much she loved me and inspired me to be the best person I could be. I will continue to look up to her and follow in her footsteps. I will continue to be the daughter she is proud of and make the people in my life feel as special as she made me feel. Her memory will live on forever through her family and friends. I love you more then I could ever put into words. Rest in peace.

  15. Lisa, Ken, Derek and Erin Williams

    We are broken hearted to learn that Nancy lost her battle. Sending condolences to John and family. RIP sweet lady!

  16. I met Nancy in 2018 when I opened a local business. She was an enormous supporter of her community. We shared many laughs, and a few tears. There wasn’t one day that she didn’t express how much she loved her family. Nancy missed her Mother dearly, and I can only pray that they are together in laughter again. Condolences to her Husband, children, her sister, niece and the rest of her family. You were all so blessed to have shared your journey with this amazing soul.

  17. Rob and Mitch Thompson

    Our sincere condolences to John and the kids. Nancy was always such a positive and friendly person. She and her family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  18. John and Jean Mantha

    John, Jordan, John and Julia,

    Our most sincere condolences on the passing of your wife and mother. Wishing you peace and comfort at this very difficult time. Nancy’s radiant smile and love for her family will live forever in your hearts.

    Sincerely John and Jean Mantha

  19. John, Jordan, Johnnie, Julia, and family, I’m am so sorry for your loss! Nancy and I worked together for a long time and she truly was an angel! Her compassion and dedication to the field of Early Childhood did not go unnoticed! She will for sure be missed not only by me but by everyone who knew her! She touched many lives and made us better people! Sending you healing prayers during this difficult time! Rest in peace dear friend!

  20. Anna Madajczuk + Mike Elliott

    Our sincere Condolences John, to you and your family, for the loss of Nancy. We are very saddened by her loss. We will always remember her as a very happy, loving and positive being and soul. Wishing all of you much needed Comfort and Peace at this very difficult time.
    Anna Madajczuk + Mike Elliott

  21. Dear John and Family, we were very saddened to hear of Nancy’s passing. I will always remember her beautiful smile and her welcoming ways. I will pray for you and your family in the coming days that you will find strength and healing during this time of loss…. Love and hugs, Nancy and Brian Kumpf and Family

  22. I had the privilege of working with Nancy at Coronation. Nancy always had a smile and she had a infectious laugh. We had lots of fun times at work. She will be missed.
    Sharon Norris

  23. The Stoukas Family

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time…. Thoughts and prayers to you all ♥️ may you somehow find joy in the beautiful memories and know she is your angel watching and guiding from above ♥️

  24. John our sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss.
    We pray for strength for your entire family during this difficult time.
    Hugh and Pauline Devin

  25. Dear Forestell Family,
    I am deeply sorry for the loss of Nancy; she was always a very loving caring person whenever I spoke with her. She will be greatly missed.

  26. Brenda & Cameron McCormack

    We are very sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. We remember her from Tae-Kwando and how warm and friendly she was. May she rest peacefully.

  27. Jenn, John, Lauren & Maddison Miller

    Nancy was a lovely person and we are so sorry to hear of her passing. We first met when our kids took skating lessons together, and we enjoyed getting to know her during their school years. She was always smiling; so thoughtful and friendly. Our deepest condolences to John, Jordan, Julia, John and extended family. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  28. George and Judy Szaefer

    Dear John Jordan Johnny and Julia our sincere condolences
    We were so blessed to have all of you as neighbours and friends
    Nancy was the sweetest, kindest person we have ever known…
    I can still hear her contagious laugh and smile when I think of her and the good times we had together
    She will be missed but not forgotten
    I know the angels will care for you as you cared for your family and friends
    Sleep well our beautiful friend
    Judy & George

  29. Greg and Danielle Shannon

    Our sincere condolences John and family. Nancy made such an impression on our family during gymnastics. We enjoyed all the laughs with her in the stands, at the meets, and travel time. She is an amazing woman and we are so thankful for the time we had with her.

  30. Nancy was the most loveable and accepting person I know. She loved everyone she met and everyone loved her. She was my sister, and someone that I looked up to so much… a role model for all. She set the bar high!! I got to watch her go off to college (living with her friends, so cool I remember thinking), graduate (guess I have to as well now?), meet John(not so bad Nancy I said lol), get married (and what a beautiful princess, I was in awe), buy their first home and have their first child and later push and not give up for her dream to have more kids. Oh yes, I admired my sister…. a beautiful home, a great circle of friends a big family and the apple of Paul’s eye. She faced life head on, accepted and persevered through challenges. She did so with a smile, a laugh and such a warm love. She taught me so much. I will cherish the trips, the camping days, the family dinners and so many wonderful times over all these years. I will miss your laughter and the bond we shared. I know dad n Jo will look after her in heaven. I will watch for the butterflies, especially the blue ones Nancy. 🦋🦋

  31. Rob Jordan and family

    We are thinking of you all. I struggled to find the words to describe how Nancys spirit lives on in your family. She was a beautiful soul, full of love and passion for life. We give condolences to the entire family. Rest peacefully our friend.

  32. Our sincere condolences John, Jordan, Johnny and Julia! Nancy was a wonderful person. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    Jane Lachance & Grant Collison

  33. John

    I am so sorry for your loss. Nancy was a kind and beautiful woman. Her laugh was infectious. I will be thinking of you and your family.

    Judi Gilliland
    Seattle, WA

  34. Sheri, Owen, & Nathan

    Our sincere condolences with your loss. Nancy was a wonderful person who touched our lives at Coronation Day Nursery and the Sarnia-Lambtom parents of multiples. She will be missed.

  35. Anna Marie Cooney

    I was so very sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She truly had such a kind, nurturing and joyful spirit; a bright light that has touched so many of us. I am grateful to have shared some of those simple but meaningful life moments with her – whether it was with the special little ones at Coronation or while we sat for hours up in the loft while we waited at the gym chatting and laughing about life and family. You will be deeply missed Nancy but without a doubt you will remain with each and everyone whose lives you touched

  36. John, Jordan, John (jr) and Julia,

    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our family has been praying for you and Nancy. The kind of love you have together never dies and we hope it gives you great comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead. We would love to see you and give you a hug when you return to Beaver Lake in the future. With love and prayers from your Callaghan cousins.
    Karen (Callaghan) Shannon, Tim and Abigail Shannon

  37. I’m so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. Although I never met her personally, she was an amazing friend to my mom during her battle with cancer. My mom looked up to Nancy and always spoke so highly of her. She visited my mom in the hospital last month when they were both sick, offering love and support even during her own battle. Although I wish they were both still with us, it brings me peace to know that mom has a great friend in heaven, and so does Nancy.
    I wish I could have known Nancy, she was so deeply loved and respected. Sending lots of love and strength to the Forestell family and friends.

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