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Silvia J. Novaris 1923-2012 PITTSFIELD Silvia J. Novaris passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 5, 2012. Silvia was born on December 12, 1923, the daughter of the late Silvio and Fiorina Gai Monticone. She was a citizen of Isola D'Asti, Italy and of the USA, residing in Pittsfield. She and her husband, John Novaris, owned the Boulevard Cafe for many years, where Silvia made all of the food. People raved over her home-made gnocchi, pasta fagioli and Italian pies, which she sold to a local bakery. After that, Silvia worked for General Electric Company in numerous positions for 23 years. At G.E. Silvia won many accolades and monetary rewards for her innovative and creative ideas to increase productivity and efficiency in manufacturing. Silvia had a wide variety of experiences in her lifetime. She spoke her mind and lived life on her own terms. She was highspirited, energetic and hard working. She employed a great sense of humor and quick wit. Silvia was a woman of extreme personal strength, creativity and savvy. She was a talented artist, gifted seamstress, and avid gardener. She enjoyed intense political, legal and historical discussions. She loved to knit and crotchet. She created and sold belts and afghans to a local boutique. Silvia was a world traveler, spending much of her time traversing the globe exploring five of the seven continents. She once visited Guatemala to get her hair done and to Bermuda for lunch. She spent a lot of time visiting with her family and friends in her home country, Italy. Silvia is survived by her daughter, Jodie Novaris, with whom she made her home; daughter Jill McCarthy (Don) of Worthington, and son William Novaris (Anita) of Ormond Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Joseph Novaris, Angelique Lopez, Shannon Litano Nusbaum, Dawnee Litano DiLorenzo, Tiffany Brower, Andrea, Eric, Lyndsey and Ryan McCarthy; greatgrandchildren Brian, Timothy and Rachel Casel, Evan and David Nusbaum and Sierra DiLorenzo; sister Giovanna Messana and sonin-law, Don Brower. She was pre-deceased by her husband and two daughters, Kim E. Brower and Mindy Litano. She also leaves behind all of her friends at the Home Plate Cafe. There will be no calling hours per her request. The funeral is private. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. The DERY FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 7, 2012
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