Nancy (Lane) Tomaselli
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1940 - 2020
Nancy (Lane) Tomaselli, of Warwick, NY, 80, died on November 20, 2020, at Valley View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Goshen, NY.
Born in Houlton, ME, on November 18, 1940, she was the daughter of Paul and Nancy (O'Donnell) Lane. She grew up in Houlton, after which she attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and the Parsons School of Design, New York, NY.
Nancy remained in New York City, pursuing a career in commercial art, starting in animation, hand-inking, and painting animators' drawings onto cels for television commercials at Stars and Stripes Studios. She also worked at Perpetual Motion Pictures (e.g., Berenstain Bears, Strawberry Shortcake) from 1980 to 1982, then worked at Hoffer & Silvermintz in the mid-1980's. She later went on to work for the Academy Award–winning Hubley Studios, helping to create both short and full-length features for PBS. She also worked on such classics as Schoolhouse Rock. While at Cel-Art Studios she did the inking and painting for classic television commercials for Hawaiian Punch, Hostess Cakes, and Cheerios. Much later, in the 1990s, she worked on MTV's animated series, Beavis and Butthead, as well as the 1996 full-length feature Beavis and Butthead Do America.
Nancy was also a highly talented and prolific Photorealist painter of animals in the wild.
She was married to Rudolph Tomaselli of Warwick, NY, who predeceased her by several months, and is survived by her daughter, Susan Fensten; grandson, Anthony DeSeta; brothers: Michael, David, and Christopher; and five step-children: Frances Melder, Gordon Tomaselli, Alice Warren, Rudolph Tomaselli, and James Tomaselli; as well as several step-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Ilia Fensten.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on December 10th at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY followed by interment in Warwick Cemetery, 94 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY.
Arrangements were entrusted to Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. To send an online condolence, visit

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Published in New York Times from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2020.
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November 28, 2020
Nancy was my first cousin. We grew up together in Houlton, Maine, in the 1940’s and 50’s. Nancy was a beautiful and talented girl , an amazing tennis player and a had a terrific sense of humor and good fun. I will always hold her memory dear. Rest in peace, bright spirit. My heartfelt condolences to her daughter Susan, her brothers, Michael, David and Christophe and The Thomaselli Family. You are all in my prayers and most caring thoughts.
Betsy Lane Mercer
November 26, 2020
No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing God is with you and your family lean on him in your time of need. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.
Simone Taylor
November 25, 2020
I met Nancy in June 1980, when she hired me to be an assistant animator at Perpetual Motion Pictures. She was the supervisor of all the assistants, responsible for handing out each assignments. She was the best person to work with and for. Always straightforward with you. Tough with a heart of gold. We became good friends worked on many different productions together. We also traded birthday cards and calls, even when we no longer worked together.
I still have all of them. And I'm the proud recipient of one of her paintings. You don't often get to love those who you've worked with, but Nancy is at the top of the list. My sincerest condolences to her family during this difficult time.
Donald Poynter
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