Lisa Bartley Forgione is one the 4th generation of Bartley’s born and raised in Glen Cove to Lewis (Buzzy) Bartley and Rosemary (Reilly). Elizabeth Mary (Lisa) is joined by her sisters, Rosemary Helena and Catherine Patricia (Cappa).
Lisa’s maternal grandfather, Thomas Reilly arrived in New York from County Cavan and was the greatest gardener ever. He was known for his stories of “horses so big you could walk under them” home in Ireland. Paternal grandmother Mary McGinn Bartley came from County Sligo – with a never ending brogue and her little Irish quotes that she kept in her heart.
Lisa is a past CPR Instructor, Brownie, Girl Scout, Girl Scout Leader, PTA and SEPTA member in North Shore School District, was President of the All Saints Home School Association, worked her way up to President of LAOH Division 8 – followed her Grandmother Betty Delaney Reilly’s footsteps as she too was President of Division 8…way back when – Glen Cove Parade committee member, and the Publicity Chair for Nassau County LAOH.
While Lisa was President, Division 8 installed 20 new members, helped organize three very successful St. Patrick’s Day dances, hosted St. Brigid’s Day celebrations and a Major Degree Ceremony for the County LAOH. She led the Division in its celebration of their tenth anniversary. They participated in the New York State Convention, organized the refreshments for the Blessing of the Creche at Village Square, are sponsors St Boniface’s Feast on The Beach.
Lisa proudly led the Ladies of the St. Dymphna, Division 8 as they exemplified their Motto of “Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity” by their participation, love and care for others. Under Lisa’s leadership they have adopted twin boys for the holidays, donated gift cards to Long Beach families hit hard by Super Storm Sandy, filled the shelves of St Patrick’s Food Pantry and volunteered to help wherever there was a need.
Lisa worked for SCO Family of Services Development office for nine years, organizing volunteers, events, Thanksgiving dinners, holiday visits, picnics and parties for the children who reside at the Robert J. McMahon home for Children in Sea Cliff. Currently she is at the front desk at the Madonna Heights facility for troubled teen girls, where she has reached out to hug many of them.
Lisa was married for 30 years to Jimmy Forgione who passed away on March 15, 2009. Together they have three children Darla, Joseph and Lewanna, and two grandsons, Robert and Vincent James. The family recently celebrated the marriage of Darla to Robert Rivera. Jimmy is always by their side to help them continue to breathe and take one day at a time…..
Lisa is “thrilled and honored to be chosen as an Aide for the 25th Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade and has the privilege to walk beside Grand Marshall Danny Lane – Co-Aides Pam and Bob Panzenbeck, and Joe McDonald.”
“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” By Adrienne Cook
St. Patrick, St Brigid and St Dymphna, Pray for Us