Nicholas Forlenza

Obituary of Nicholas Gerard Forlenza

Nicholas Gerard Forlenza, passed away at the age of 91 on February 1st, 2021 next to his wife Kitty of 65 years at their home in Utica, NY. Kitty stayed with him, holding his hand, until medics arrived to take him away. Nick is survived by his wife Kitty, daughter Kathy (Terry) Low of Georgia, daughter Debbie (Jerry) Shea of Florida, son Nick Forlenza of California, daughter Cecilia (Frank) Minishak of New Jersey, son Dan (Isabel) Forlenza of Texas, daughter Kathleen (Rob) Prudhomme of Georgia, grandchildren Danny, Lindsay and Jesse Fernandez, Kimberly and Nicholas Forlenza, Jack and Alek Minishak, Daniel, Isabella and Alex Forlenza and siblings Jerry, Ann and Grace Forlenza. Nick is from a tightknit family of 6 siblings, raised in New Hyde Park, NY. He often talked of his father and mother, immigrants from Italy who settled in this great country via Ellis Island. Nick loved to tell stories as his parents did, often the same ones over and over again, that illustrated the struggles and faith he and his parents possessed. He will be reunited again with his son Joseph Forlenza who died shortly after birth, mother Maria Caterina, father Donado Vincenzo and sisters Joan and Laura in Heaven. Nick is a graduate of Columbia University where got his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He served his country as an Officer of the Navy in the Korean War on the U.S.S. Saratoga and Mississippi. Nick and Kitty met on the Naval base in Norfolk VA where Nick was an officer and Kitty a nurse. They married in 1956. They were an honor to their wedding vows, “until death do us part.” They moved to Utica, NY where Nick took a job at Mele Manufacturing where he eventually became President of the Mateflex Division. Nick was an avid tennis player winning the National Senior Games doubles championship with his long-time tennis partner, Tony Bonvino. Nick was always very active and enjoyed socializing at the gym, maybe even more than working out. He never knew a stranger and had a gift for making people feel welcome. Nick was the love of Kitty’s life. While our hearts are filled with sorrow, we celebrate his life and we honor the way Nicholas Gerard Forlenza lived his life with God at the center of his existence and with family always first. We honor you. May God rest your soul. Due to the COVID Virus a private family funeral services will be held at Saint Peters Catholic Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Heintz Funeral Service, Inc., N. Utica
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