Michael Aspinwal Forsberg, age 67, of 155 So. 29th St. lot 96, Gladstone, MI, passed away Wednesday October 12, 2005 at 7:45 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, with his loving family by his side. He fought courageously with cancer for 15 years. A man of undying faith and courage; he was gifted with a spirit of determination.
He was born November 13, 1937 in Ishpeming, MI and was the son of Werner and Mary (Aspinwal) Forsberg. He was raised in Ishpeming. After graduation from Ishpeming High School in 1957, he then graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in 1963 and a Master of Arts in Education in 1969.
Michael married the former Carol LaFeir on March 8, 1958 in Negaunee, MI. He taught at Ewen, Negaunee St. Paul, Powers-Spaulding and retired from Gladstone High School in 1992. He was a high school varsity coach in five sports over a 26 year span, in baseball, basketball, football, track, and cross country. He made his mark in basketball. He won 230 games in 17 varsity seasons, coaching at Negaunee St. Paul (1966-67), Powers North Central (1967-78) and Gladstone (1978-83). In 11 seasons at North Central, the Jets won five conference titles, six Class D district titles and a regional crown in 1978. The Jets were the U.P. Class D Team of the Year in 1977 and 1978. He also instituted elementary basketball programs at Ewen and North Central. He was a high school baseball coach at Ewen (1963-66) and Negaunee St. Paul (1966-67) and coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in Ewen and Ishpeming. He spent four years as a football coach at North Central and had an unbeaten season in 1967. He coached boys and girls track at North Central-restarting a dormant program in 1970 and winning the Wolverine Conference and Class D regional title in 1972. He was girls