In Loving Memory of Melissa E. Forgione

Melissa E. Forgione

Melissa E. Forgione

Dunmore, PA August 28, 1976 ~ January 28, 2016 Date of Service: February 1, 2016

Melissa E. Forgione, 39, Dunmore and Philadelphia, died Thursday in Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Vita Colangelo Forgione, Dunmore and the late Robert J. Forgione who died August 4, 2009. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School Class of 1994 and earned her BFA from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts in 1998 and has been part of the dance, theater and film community ever since. She danced and costumed for Altoids.com and has been seen on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. As a Burlesque and Circus Performer, Melissa spent many years conceiving, choreographing and costuming for Philadelphia’s infamous Peek-A-Boo Revue and had the pleasure to entertain for Jennifer Tilly, Chris Noth, Cirque de Soleil performers, the cast of “Saturday Night Live” and of course, many Philadelphia Fringe Festivals. Dancing was the love of her life. Melissa also worked as a graphic designer for Scarlett Alley in Philadelphia.

She battled Crohn’s Disease courageously from the age of 16. She always handled everything with a big smile. You would never know she was ill. Her smile and her kindness was her biggest attributes. To Melissa everyone was good and kind. She touched everyone’s life like leaving a part of her with them. Melissa will be deeply missed by her loving family and dear friends.

Her favorite saying was “Momma it could be worse!” But love we must and so we hold you sweetly in our hearts. I know your dancing joyfully among the brightest stars and Oh! How you dance! How you dance!

Also surviving are a brother, James Forgione, Dunmore, uncles, Peter Forgione and his wife Pat, Kingston, New York, and Reynold Forgione, Scranton, and aunt Bernice Colangelo, Dunmore, and her sons, Lenny Colangelo Dunmore and Stephen Colangelo, Dickson City, godparents, Michael and Joanne Ferraro, Taylor, and extended family, Jackie Pekar, Belize, and Kirsten and Brianne, Arizona, as well as several other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Dominick and Elizabeth Colangelo, and Paternal grandparents, James and Mary Forgione, and an uncle, Leonard Colangelo.

The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with a mass of Christian Burial at 9:30AM in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street in Dunmore.

Friends may call Sunday from 3-7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center 2010 Adams Ave. Scranton 18509.

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Sandy and Joe Pushnik
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Melissa Forgiene
Reply #17 on : Mon February 01, 2016, 10:54:47
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Our family has had the pleasure of getting to know Melissa back in the mid 90s during her college days. Melissa was always smiling and joyful, and was a very beautiful girl. God has truly taken someone special.

The Pushnik's
Todd, Lori, and Justin Maushart
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Deepest condolences
Reply #16 on : Sun January 31, 2016, 19:53:57
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Melissa, the world was lucky enough to have you while it did. You were an amazing person and will be missed always.
Mrs. Forgione, we offer deepest condolences to your family and loved ones. Melissa's star will continue to shine in this world and the next.
Barbara Gillern Bauman
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Daughter Melissa
Reply #15 on : Sun January 31, 2016, 13:58:38
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Vita, so sorry to learn of your daughter's passing. I hope with the love and support of family and friends and the knowledge that she is in a better place, bring much needed comfort to you.
Joann
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With Sympathy
Reply #14 on : Sun January 31, 2016, 12:25:07
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Oh Vita...so very sorry. Words can't express my sincere condolences to you & Jamie.
May she rest in peace.
JACK O'BRIEN
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Re: In Loving Memory of Melissa E. Forgione
Reply #13 on : Sun January 31, 2016, 11:42:17
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VITA PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF MELISSA. THE LORD HAS ANOTHER DANCER IN HEAVEN. I WILL OFFER PRAYERS FOR THE REPOSE OF HER SOUL.
Gail Schlemmer (Pat's Sister)
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Re: In Loving Memory of Melissa E. Forgione
Reply #12 on : Sat January 30, 2016, 20:27:55
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Vita and Jamie and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I cannot begin to imagine what your going through. I did not know Melissa except as a young child. She was beautiful and a very courageous girl. I know second hand what she and you went through. My prayers are with you.
Gail M. Schlemmer
Patti and Bob Montalbano
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Re: In Loving Memory of Melissa E. Forgione
Reply #11 on : Sat January 30, 2016, 11:54:28
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Our deepest sympathy to you Vita and your family.
Jackie Munley
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Re: In Loving Memory of Melissa E. Forgione
Reply #10 on : Sat January 30, 2016, 09:23:27
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I am so sorry for your loss Vita. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Judy and Sam Vitris
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Condolences
Reply #9 on : Sat January 30, 2016, 09:10:27
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Please except our heartfelt condolences, words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling right now, but we are here for you and we are praying for you to get through this. We hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much needed comfort and peace during this sad time. Our condolences you and your family.
Morgan E
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Re: In Loving Memory of Melissa E. Forgione
Reply #8 on : Sat January 30, 2016, 08:16:09
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I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your daughter/sister. I did not know Melissa but we share a commonality. I have Crohn's disease and had since I was 18, I am now 31 years of age. I read your daughters obituary and saw her beautiful photo and was so saddened. I am very sorry and know just how much of a fighter she was. I will say many prayers for her and your family. God bless you
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