Francis Forthuber, 79, prize-winning florist


Francis M. Forthuber, who operated Forthuber's Flowers i Hamilton from 1947 until he retired and sold the business in 1986, died Saturday of heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Forthuber, who was 79 and lived on Roland Avenue, made intricate designs with orchids and other fresh flowers, winning .. first prizes at orchid shows held each January for many years at the downtown Hochschild's store.

Born in Baltimore, he attended the Polytechnic Institute but began working when still quite young in the store his father had started in East Baltimore.

He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

Returning to the business after the war, he became the owner and lived in Hamilton in Northeast Baltimore until he retired.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Forthuber's wife, the former Ann Agnes Bailey, died in 1992.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Mintz, Ann F. von Forthuber and Deborah Ketcham, all of Baltimore; his mother, Carolina Forthuber of Towson; three sisters, Doris Fager of Baltimore, Joan Bova of Kingsville and Thelma Purcell of Bradenton, Fla.; four brothers, Norman Forthuber of Parkton, Raymond Forthuber of Phoenix, Harry Forthuber of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Carroll Forthuber of Orlando, Fla.; and a granddaughter.

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