Frank Forlini, a longtime resident of Yonkers, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the age of 94.
Frank was born on January 10, 1923 in the village of Pennula di Groppallo, commune of Farini. He was the oldest child of Catherina and Giuseppe. In 1938, he arrived in New York where his father was waiting. In 1943, he entered the US Army, becoming a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne, 187th Regiment, and served in the South Pacific during the Second World War. He was wounded in the Philippines and received a Purple Heart and multiple honors from the US and Philippine governments. When he arrived back home, he met and married the beautiful Louise Segalini and started his large family. He worked in his father’s restaurant and began his great passion for cooking delicious Italian meals and serving friends, family, and clientele from all over the world. He opened Forlini’s and, in 1956, moved the establishment to its current place, 93 Baxter Street, where he and his beloved brothers Freddie and Hugo introduced many of the Piacentini delicacies to a whole new audience. All his life, he took great pride in his Italian heritage. Along with other leaders, including the unforgettable Paul Draghi, he aided in the creation of the Scholarship Fund of the Società Val Trebbia e Val Nure which has supported hundreds of students over the years. In 1995, he was named Piacentino Nel Mondo and he also received the title Cavaliere Della Reppublica. In 2007, he was greatly honored to receive the Angil del Dom award from the Fondazione di Piacenza e Vigevano.
Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife Louise (nee Segalini) in 2009 and 2 daughters Marjorie in 1988 and Kathleen in 2003. He is survived by his children Joseph (Katherine), Joanne (John) Cipollina, Frank (John), Regina (Kevin) Foti, & Christine, as well as his son-in-law Ken (Lana) Pagels. He is survived by his grandchildren Steven, Daniel, Jennifer, Christopher, John Michael, Jacqueline, Mark, Brian, Anthony, Danielle, Michael, Victoria & Alexandra as well as his Great Grandchildren Julianna, Steven, Christopher, Olivia, Daniel & Ella.
Donations in Frank's Memory can be made to: Società val Trebbia e val Nure, P.O Box 1893, GPO, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1893 OR Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Attn: CONTRIBUTIONS, One Intrepid Square West 46th Street & 12th Avenue New York, New York 10036 (or see the link on the left side of this page to donate online).
Funeral Mass Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at 9:30 AM at Saint John the Baptist Church, 670 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10704 with Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, East 233rd Street & Jerome Avenue, Bronx, New York 10470. The family will be present on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 4-8 PM & Friday, November 17, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at F. Ruggiero & Sons, Inc., 732 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10704.