Nancy H. Forman


Fairport:  Nan died peacefully at home on January 1st at age 83, moving on to her next adventure after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.  She was predeceased by her husband, Ivin, and her beloved daughter, Carol.  She leaves behind daughter Ellen and son Craig; grandchildren Jay and Emma Forman, Jeff (Nicole) Cogan, Andrew (fiancé Alissa) Cogan, and Rebecca Cogan.

Ellen and Craig invite family and friends to stop by and raise a glass to Nan for her life well lived.

Since Nan never thought calling hours were much fun, all are welcome to join us for cocktails, appetizers, and great memories on January 10th at Shadow Lake (1850 Five Mile Line Road in Penfield).  Please come and say hello anytime between 5 pm and 8 pm and stay for however long you can. 

Nan’s celebration of life service will be held on January 11th at 11 am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 28 Lincoln Ave. in Pittsford.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pittsford.

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300,

11 Condolences

  1. Mike Cogan on January 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Nan always provided a warm and inviting smile – and I’ll always remember that. Please accept our prayers and condolences for the family and friends.

  2. Eileen and Ross on January 4, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I loved Nan’s sense of humor, her welcoming way and she always loved to be with her family. She was always kind to me and to our children. Ross was proud to call her his Godmother and he holds many memories of her with his family in his heart. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Ellen, Craig and to their families and friends, and to all those whose lives Nan touched.

  3. Yvonne Villareale on January 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    What I loved most about Nan was her sense of humor and her polite way of bossing you around. Sending love, hugs, and cheers as Nan crosses the rainbow bridge. Thinking of Craig, Ellen, grandkids, and extended family as you celebrate Nan’s life!!

  4. Judy & Craig on January 5, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Lucille Howk on January 8, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I remember the young vibrant Nancy who always took the time to visit her Uncle Owen Howk when she was home from college on semester break. How fortunate we were to have had her in our lives.

    In sympathy, Lucille Howk

  6. Barbara Peterson on January 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    In memory of my dearest friend of almost 77 years –Nancy Howk Forman.
    I was six, you were seven. It was springtime and you came over to say hello to the new girl who moved in on Brookside Drive. You were all dressed up in a pretty blue coat your mother had made, and you had a big blue bow in your hair that made your eyes look even more blue. You were going somewhere with your parents but you told me you would be back. And that’s how it began–friends for life who shared hopes, dreams and secrets as well as an abundance of childhood adventures all through grade school at Allen’s Creek and four years at Brighton High. You were smart, popular and a leader always a leap ahead forever finding something new to do. You shared your ideas and planned projects for us. When we had to stay inside because of inclement weather we went to your house on Meadow Lane and played games–cards, Chinese checkers, Pick Up Stix, dominoes, Monopoly and more. Most of the time you were showing me how. We had tea parties on your porch and played school in the attic. I was always the pupil. But for all we played inside we were ten times more outside jumping rope, riding bikes, roller skating and teaching me to swim. We played almost all the sports or at least tried them all at one time or another. We had a world of fun.

    Here it is winter again and I remember ice skating until we were exhausted and our noses were red and our fingers and toes blue from the cold. Warming up, I remember too the look of delight and satisfaction we shared when our eyes met over our cups of hot chocolate. Between us companionship was treasured, never smothering.

    We grew up, went to college. I stayed in Rochester and you went away. Then, as would happen, I married first and had children and then you did the same. In between and after those events we played bridge with a group of Brighton chums that you put together. I moved away and even though we were geographically separated, we always kept in touch. We didn’t visit very often because of responsibilities and the miles between. Finally, in mid-life, when you and Ivin vacationed in Florida every year and I was in Atlanta we were able enjoy being together again for brief periods. Now every time I hold one of my favorite seashells from Sanibel my thoughts are flooded with treasured memories of you. I shall miss you, dear friend, and I look forward to the hereafter when our spirits will meet once again to laugh, play and be carefree once more.

    We send our deepest sympathies to Ellen and Craig, you were devoted children, and to all Nancy’s grandchildren whom she adored, Nancy was dearly loved, greatly admired and truly missed by both Doug and me and her many friends.

    Love and bless you all,

    Barbara and Doug Peterson

  7. Martha Heagerty on January 10, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I have so many great memories of Nan. What stands out is her kind & thoughtful actions, her love of family, her generosity…. and her excellent hostessing skills! She will be missed by many.

  8. Tina Horsington on January 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Ellen, so sorry to read about your Mom. I remember meeting her at your shower. Anytime I made comments ( I was probably trying to be funny), she would laugh like I WAS the funniest person ever. I’m sure she was greatly loved and will be
    greatly missed. Tina Horsington

  9. Debbie Williamson on January 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Nancy was the epitome of the perfect Hostess and entertainer. I so enjoyed her company and meeting many of her friends who became my customers. The Forman’s raised a beautiful, close knit family who will carry on their wonderful traditions for years to come.

    Debbie Williamson

  10. Barbara Peterson on January 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Nancy was my dearest best friend from childhood–it was a friendship cemented by time–77 years. We shared many things; a neighborhood, grade school and high school, and as girl friends do, we shared our hopes , dreams, secrets and a multitude of wonderful adventures growing up. We had a special relationship that lasted over all these years because Nan was a very special person in so many ways. We send our deepest sympathies to her devoted children Ellen and Craig and to her grandchildren whom she adored. Nancy was dearly loved, greatly admired and will be truly missed by both Doug and me and her many friends.

    Love and God bless you all,

    Barbara and Doug Peterson
    Athens, GA

  11. Debby Glen Fitzpatrick on January 13, 2014 at 4:45 am

    My sympathy to Ellen and Craig, and their families. Shall remember what a beautiful woman, friend, and mother she was. So honored that she was a big part of my life. What beautiful memories I have. Shall miss her but relieved she is at peace.

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