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Clara DiNicola

1917 - 2014 CARLISLE, MA Clara DiNicola, 97, formerly of Pittsfield, died peacefully at home on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Apr. 2, 1917 in San Giovanni Teatino, Italy to the late Rose and Constantino Spelorzi and was one of 11 children. She attended local schools and, at the age of 14, entered a two-year apprentice program to become a seamstress. She later started her own dress making business, which she operated from her home for many years. Shortly after marrying Panfilo DiNicola in Aug. of 1947, she moved to Pittsfield, where she raised two children and worked as a nursing assistant at St. Luke's Hospital for 38 years. Mrs. DiNicola is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn DiNicola and Steven Huberman of Carlisle, Mass.; two sisters, Ava Francano of Buenos Aries, Argentina and Noreena Deluca of Chieti Scalo, Italy; nephew, Mario DiNicola and wife, Rita of Pittsfield; grandchildren, Timothy DiNicola of N. Andover, Mass., Sarah DiNicola and her husband, Adam North of Brattleboro, Vt. and Amelia Huberman of Carlisle, Mass.; two great-granddaughters, Nina and Sylvia North of Brattleboro and many other relatives in Pescara, Italy. Mrs. DiNicola was preceded in death by her husband, Panfilo and son, Pompi. Mrs. DiNicola loved to cook, sew, knit and garden, but her greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her family. She was a volunteer for KISS (Knitting in Service to Society), where she knit dozens of hats and scarves for the homeless in Boston. For the last five years, Mrs. DiNicola held the unique distinction of being the oldest citizen of Carlisle. She will be missed by all who knew her. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will take place Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. from the FLYNN AND DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME on 5 Elm Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 191 Elm Street, Pittsfield on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James K. Joyce, pastor officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carlisle Council on Aging, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. To send a card or a message, please visit: www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 21, 2014
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