Shirley (nee Moffett) Novitskie, 93, died at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at The Hallmark of Creve Coeur in St. Louis.
Born Nov. 8, 1921, in Potsdam, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late William and Grace (Fairbanks) Moffett.
She married Francis “Novie” Novitskie June 28, 1945, at St. Ann’s Church in Nyack, N.Y. Her beloved Novie preceded her in death on April 26, 2005.
A 1939 graduate of Potsdam High School, she then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from The State University of New York at Potsdam. Shirley later continued her studies, receiving a Master’s Degree in Education and Guidance Counseling (Phi Beta Kappa) and further earned a Specialist Degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Shirley was a forward-thinking, progressive lady. She had a voracious appetite for books, music, ideas and bridge. She highly valued love of family, education and volunteerism. She was a member of the Alton Women’s Service league, the American Cancer Society, St. Anthony’s Auxiliary and served on the board of the Alton YWCA.
In addition to her loving husband of 59 years, Shirley is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn and J. Michael Pool of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., Phyllis and Dr. Thomas Yue of St. Paul, Minn., and Carol and Captain Steve Lanard of Leawood, Kan. Shirley had four older brothers, James, Howard, Noel and Lyle of New York state, all who preceded her in death. Shirley is survived by five granddaughters and three great-granddaughters. We will miss our Mama, Grandma and Mimi so very much.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Staten Fine Funeral Home in Alton.
Funeral and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey.
An online tribute and guestbook may also be found at www.staten-fine.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) The Caroline Miller Endowed Fund for Nursing Education; http://chop.donordrive.com/campaign/caroline-miller.