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Rita Forlenza

Baldwin, New York

March 26, 1931 - June 6, 2024

Rita Forlenza Obituary

Our Mom Rita

By Lisa

It is so difficult to say goodbye to our mom. She was one of a kind! Our Mother Rita was a beautiful soul inside and out! She was the most positive person in all she did. She always has good things to say and always saw the good in everyone. She was so generous! She was born March 26, 1931, in Harlem, and then moved to the Bronx. She had wonderful, loving parents and a younger brother who unfortunately passed away at 6 years old. It was a sad time for her family, and she grew up an only child. Luckily, she grew up living near her doting Aunts and Uncles and was the eldest of her cousins, who all looked up to her. She had many friends from her childhood she stayed connected with to this day. Mom went to Hunter College, received her two-year degree, and began teaching first grade in a catholic school for a few years before she married our wonderful father. Some of those students stayed connected with her for many years. She met our father who she called her “Mr. Wonderful” at a church dance. They married June 29,1957 in the parish where she taught first grade. All her little students attended the wedding! Mom and dad began their life together in Ridgewood, Queens, and had their first three children, Odilia, Daniel, and George in three years. Then they moved to Merrick in 1962, to the home she lived in on James Street for all these years. They then had two more daughters, Nancy, and Lisa. Five children within 7 years! WOW! Not only was raising five children a difficult feat, but she also volunteered at Cure of Ars church organizing the religious education program and teaching for a few years. Then she went back to Molloy College to finish her bachelor’s degree in education and then continued with her master’s degree in special education at Adelphi University, all while raising five children! We do not know how she did it! Our father and our grandmother Fanny were a big help! In 1978, she began teaching Middle School and High School special education students in a Resource Room at W.T. Clark High school in East Meadow. All her students loved her. She was a positive presence in their lives. She always said this prayer every morning before she went to school, “ Dear God, please fill me with your Peace and Love so that I can bring it to everyone that I meet today because so many of my students just need tender loving care and everybody needs to be touched with peace and love”. That is the kind of person she was. She cared about everyone! One of those students who kept in touch with her, who is a priest in Missouri, contacted me on Facebook and said he has many fond memories of her and said she was an influence on his life. He said a Mass for her there this past week. She was a devout catholic and our family went to mass at Cure of Ars every Sunday. She was a member of the parish since 1962. Another prayer she always said and instilled in us in times of worry was “ Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus I place my trust in thee.” To this day I say that prayer all the time! She always said, “God is so good to me!!” She retired from teaching in 1995 when she and dad enjoyed spending time in the winters at their condominium in Florida. Her children and grandchildren had so many wonderful vacations visiting them, and mom and dad loved our visits! They took us all to the Boca Beach club where we all enjoyed the beach, pool and festivities! Mom had six grandchildren, Justin, Nicolette, Frankie, Julianna, Miranda and Jake who she loved so much. She was a wonderful role model and babysitter for all of them over the years. She and our father were the “fun” grandparents teaching them how to bake, swimming in the pool with them and teaching them how to do watercolor painting among other things. “Grandma and Papa” were everything to their grandchildren. They then had two great grandchildren, Max and Claire, who she adored as well. After our dad, Dan passed away in 2016, she continued to be resilient and loved spending time with her family, which was the most important thing to her. She always said she would live to 100 to be with her grandchildren!! Mom was a wonderful person inside and out! She lit up every room and deeply touched every single soul that she met! She was healthy and strong up until her 93rd birthday, only 10 weeks before she left us! It is hard to believe that we will not see her again. But we are happy she is no longer suffering and can be with our father Dan, her loving husband, her “Mr. Wonderful,” on what would have been their 67th anniversary on June 29. We will miss her, but we know she is enjoying herself in Heaven with dad, her family and friends who are there with her!



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Our Mom Rita

By Lisa

It is so difficult to say goodbye to our mom. She was one of a kind! Our Mother Rita was a beautiful soul inside and out! She was the most positive person in all she did. She always has good things to say and always saw the good in everyone. She was so generous! She was born March 26, 1931, in Harlem, and then moved to the Bronx. She had wonderful, loving parents and a younger brother who unfortunately passed away at 6 years old. It was a sad time for her family, and she grew up an only child. Luckily, she grew up living near her doting Aunts and Uncles and was the eldest of her cousins, who all looked up to her. She had many friends from her childhood she stayed connected with to this day. Mom went to Hunter College, received her two-year degree, and began teaching first grade in a catholic school for a few years before she married our wonderful father. Some of those students stayed connected with her for many years. She met our father who she called her “Mr. Wonderful” at a church dance. They married June 29,1957 in the parish where she taught first grade. All her little students attended the wedding! Mom and dad began their life together in Ridgewood, Queens, and had their first three children, Odilia, Daniel, and George in three years. Then they moved to Merrick in 1962, to the home she lived in on James Street for all these years. They then had two more daughters, Nancy, and Lisa. Five children within 7 years! WOW! Not only was raising five children a difficult feat, but she also volunteered at Cure of Ars church organizing the religious education program and teaching for a few years. Then she went back to Molloy College to finish her bachelor’s degree in education and then continued with her master’s degree in special education at Adelphi University, all while raising five children! We do not know how she did it! Our father and our grandmother Fanny were a big help! In 1978, she began teaching Middle School and High School special education students in a Resource Room at W.T. Clark High school in East Meadow. All her students loved her. She was a positive presence in their lives. She always said this prayer every morning before she went to school, “ Dear God, please fill me with your Peace and Love so that I can bring it to everyone that I meet today because so many of my students just need tender loving care and everybody needs to be touched with peace and love”. That is the kind of person she was. She cared about everyone! One of those students who kept in touch with her, who is a priest in Missouri, contacted me on Facebook and said he has many fond memories of her and said she was an influence on his life. He said a Mass for her there this past week. She was a devout catholic and our family went to mass at Cure of Ars every Sunday. She was a member of the parish since 1962. Another prayer she always said and instilled in us in times of worry was “ Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus I place my trust in thee.” To this day I say that prayer all the time! She always said, “God is so good to me!!” She retired from teaching in 1995 when she and dad enjoyed spending time in the winters at their condominium in Florida. Her children and grandchildren had so many wonderful vacations visiting them, and mom and dad loved our visits! They took us all to the Boca Beach club where we all enjoyed the beach, pool and festivities! Mom had six grandchildren, Justin, Nicolette, Frankie, Julianna, Miranda and Jake who she loved so much. She was a wonderful role model and babysitter for all of them over the years. She and our father were the “fun” grandparents teaching them how to bake, swimming in the pool with them and teaching them how to do watercolor painting among other things. “Grandma and Papa” were everything to their grandchildren. They then had two great grandchildren, Max and Claire, who she adored as well. After our dad, Dan passed away in 2016, she continued to be resilient and loved spending time with her family, which was the most important thing to her. She always said she would live to 100 to be with her grandchildren!! Mom was a wonderful person inside and out! She lit up every room and deeply touched every single soul that she met! She was healthy and strong up until her 93rd birthday, only 10 weeks before she left us! It is hard to believe that we will not see her again. But we are happy she is no longer suffering and can be with our father Dan, her loving husband, her “Mr. Wonderful,” on what would have been their 67th anniversary on June 29. We will miss her, but we know she is enjoying herself in Heaven with dad, her family and friends who are there with her!



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