Melanie Ann (Borgo) Forand, wife of the late Richard Paul Forand, passed peacefully on Jan. 18, 2022. Born Oct. 10, 1939, Melanie lived much of her long life in Berlin. She spent her youth in East Berlin surrounded by family and friends in “the Grove” and later moved to Berlin. She attended Berlin schools and enjoyed participating in school activities and making life-long friends. She cherished being able to keep in touch with her classmates all through her life. Melanie spent many wonderful summers at Lake Pocotopaug in her youth and had fond memories of friends at the Lake and the summer talent shows. Melanie attended the Teachers College of Connecticut, now CCSU and received a degree in Business/Secretarial Science. She loved being a Secretary for Otis Elevator and later for Aetna.
In her retirement years she worked for Ames, Caldor and lastly Walmart. She was recognized by customers anywhere she went who thanked her for being such a pleasant, dedicated worker. Melanie’s most cherished roles were as a wife, mother and later a grandmother. She and her husband enjoyed day-tripping to the shore and sightseeing, always wanting to keep close to home. She attended every concert, sports event and Scout ceremony for her children and grandchildren. Her great joys were reading, writing and singing. She was a long-time member of Sacred Heart Choir and missed singing in the Choir as her health declined. If you ever sent her a card or letter she kept it, amassing quite a collection as she never wanted to discard a memento from a friend or relative.
Melanie is survived by her brother Peter Borgo of Montrose, Co, sister-in-law Diane Reynolds of Hobe Sound, FL, her son Michael P. Forand of South Windsor, her daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Stuart Topliff and grandsons Jacob and Justin of Berlin, as well as extended family and dear friends.
Calling hours are Sunday, Jan. 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Berlin Memorial Funeral Home, 96 Main St. in Kensington, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Jan. 24 at Sacred Heart Church in East Berlin, CT with burial to follow at St. Mary’s cemetery in New Britain, CT. Donations are welcomed in her memory to The American Heart Association or a charity of your choosing.