1924 - 2014 LENOX Luciana Nahmias Pirani passed away in Lenox, on May 3, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband Conrad Levi Pirani and survived by a sister, Annalisa Mattei of San Lorenzo, Spain; her children, Barbara Alberts Pirani of Bolton, Mass., Sylvia Pirani of Albany, N.Y., Robert Pirani of New York, N.Y., and their spouses, and five grandchildren. Luciana was born in Milano, Italy in 1924. As a teenager, Luciana assumed responsibility for protecting her frail mother and younger sister after her father passed away fleeing the Nazi occupation in 1943. She and her surviving family were sheltered in a village near Brescia, Italy. Immediately after the war, Luciana trained as a social worker and worked with the new city government in Milano to resettle refugees. In 1955 she moved to Chicago to marry her future husband. The family moved to northern New Jersey in 1972 and she and Conrad retired to Lenox, in 1999. Luciana was sensitive to injustices wherever she lived, and continued public service throughout her life. She promoted civil rights, open housing, and family planning in the 1960s, worked with disabled children in the 1970s, and later volunteered with afterschool, food bank, and affordable housing programs. She and her husband were active members of the Unitarian Society. Her community activities did not detract from her home and family. She was a tireless master gardener, expert knitter, and excellent cook, setting a wonderful example that her children and grandchildren aspire to emulate. Contributions in her memory can be made to the CAMP Youth Development Program, 13-15 N. 1st Street, Paterson, NJ 07522.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 8, 2014