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Joseph A. Forstner, 75, grocery warehouse manager


Joseph Anthony Forstner, retired manager of a wholesale food distribution company, died Friday of emphysema at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Parkville resident was 75.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1942 graduate of City College and worked at the former Macy's & Turnbaugh grocery warehouse on Franklintown Road until he retired 15 years ago as general manager.

Mr. Forstner was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a group of poker players who call themselves the Towson Rebels. As a woodworker, he enjoyed making dollhouses and miniature carousels.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church, 8900 Harford Road. Mr. Forstner was an usher at St. Ursula's.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Gloria Ruckle, who is retired from Bell Atlantic. Other survivors include two sons, Joseph A. Forstner of Ellicott City and Richard F. Forstner of Parkville; four daughters, Gloria A. Byrd of Parkville, Debra Knop of Cub Hill, Marianne Hays of Frederick and Lisa Jones of Salisbury; a brother, James A. Forstner of Alexandria, Va.; and 11 grandchildren.

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