Dorotha Averill Forsgren Was Native of Edgartown

Dorotha Averill Forsgren, 92, of Edgartown and Gainesville, Fla., died on Feb. 14 after a brief illness at her home in Gainesville, with her family at her side.

Born on July 12, 1911, in Edgartown, she was the daughter of Alfred and Ada Willoughby Averill. She was graduated from Edgartown High School and from Bridgewater Teachers College in 1932.

After graduation, she returned to Edgartown and worked in her father's bakery, where she met her future husband, Lars Forsgren. They married in 1935 and spent almost a year in Sweden, visiting his family.

Lars died in 1940 and Dorotha began working in the First National Stores, and in 1945 started at the Edgartown national Bank, retiring from the bank in 1973.

She began wintering in Gainesville in 1977, and filled her time by making quilts for her family, and then selling them or donating them to the Edgartown Firemen's Association auctions and the Edgartown Boys' and Girls' Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha Look of Edgartown; grandsons Peter Lars and Gary of Edgartown, Jeffrey of Fort White, Fla., and granddaughter Marilyn (MJ) of Edgartown. She had nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters. Also surviving are two brothers, Preston Averill Sr. of Vineyard Haven, Walter Averill of Dowling Park, Fla., and a sister, Carol Shaver of Gainesville. She was predeceased by a brother, Alfred, and two sisters, Marion Averill and Alita Bryant.

Services will be held at a later date. Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 or to any charity of one's choice.