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“Dear Family, I was saddened to learn of the loss of your special Nelson, who was someone who touched the hearts and lives of so many people. Although...Read More »
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J. Nelson Fornwald

Nelson Fornwald, 94, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep in the early morning hours of Good Friday. He was born in Harrisburg, PA, in 1923 to the late Charles and Agnes Fornwald. Nelson joined the Army Air Corp in 1941 and served in the Pacific theater, including on Guam and Iwo Jima, during World War II. After Nelson's discharge from the Army, he joined the F. W Woolworth Co. and managed stores in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Wayne, PA, and Wilmington's 9th & Market Street until his retirement in 1983.

In Nelson's spare time, he spent many hours over the last 40 years sailing the Chesapeake Bay and Bohemian River. When he gave up his boat 4 years ago, he continued to enjoy sailing with his special friends Jim Chapman and Ed Lacy. He enjoyed woodworking, building and refinishing furniture. Many pieces of his furniture can be found in his home and in the homes of his children. Nelson was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and was awarded the Order of Merit from the Diocese of Wilmington.

Nelson is preceded by Helen, his wife of 61 years, in 2008, his parents and his four siblings, and his granddaughter Sarah Mook. Nelson is survived by his children, Barbara (Bill) Nycz, Joan Mook, and Robert Fornwald. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Shawn (Lydia) Nycz, Erica (Scott) Polk, Lea (David) Lieberman, and Melissa (Patrick) Zuccarini; and his great grandchildren, Camille and Eloise Nycz, Stella and Jolie Polk, Maxwell and Levi Lieberman, Cecilia Zuccarini, and one expected in October.

The family would like to thank his nurse Michelle from Compassionate Care Hospice, his caregivers Joyce and Trina from Right at Home, and his wonderful next door neighbors for their excellent care and attention.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Church Of The Holy Child, 2500 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. A viewing will be held at the church beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow the mass at the Chester Bethel Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nelson's honor can be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Church of the Holy Child, 2500 Naamans Rd, Wilm., DE 19810 or Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 248 E. Chestnut Hill Road Suite 4, Newark, DE 19713 or their website