In memory of
Marion Pava of Longmeadow passed away at her home late Wednesday evening near midnight. Her two sons Joel and Jonathan were with her at the time. Marion was a devoted and loving wife to David Pava (deceased) for 59 years, mother to Joel (Judi) and Jonathan Pava, grandmother to Zachary (Tarah), Andrew and Maxwell Pava, great-grandmother to Benjamin and Emily Pava. She was a lovable and cherished sister, a special aunt to her nieces and nephews, was extremely close and connected with her in-laws, as well as a beloved friend to many. Marion had an unusually cheerful, loving and endearing nature and was a bright sparkling light in the lives of those she touched. Marion had a gift for putting people at ease with her warmth and sense of humor. Marion was born in Springfield in 1928 as one of 6 children of Lillian Nozik, who emigrated from Russia to Springfield in January 1923. Marion was the youngest daughter of this immigrant family; her older siblings -- Elsie Nozik Nemirow, Hyman Nozik, and Philip Nozik (all deceased) were born in Glussk, Russia (now Belarus); her other siblings, Bess Nozik Schloss (deceased) and Arthur Nozik were all born in Springfield. Marion graduated from Commerce High School in Springfield. She worked for Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co and had a long career at Monarch Life Insurance Company. She was extremely active in numerous community and charitable organizations. She sang in several Jewish music groups including Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Mass, and was very involved in the Chesed Committee at Congregation Kodimoh and later at Congregation B'Nai Torah. The funeral service will take place on Sunday, December 8th at 1:00 PM at the Ascher-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Springfield followed by interment at Kodimoh Cemetery in West Springfield. Shiva will be held after the funeral at Congregation B'Nai Torah in Longmeadow Sunday until 7:30 PM, as well as Monday and Tuesday from 12-2 and from 4:45-7:30, also at B'Nai Torah. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 330 Whitney Ave. Suite 420, Holyoke, MA 01040, www.cancer.org , the Chesed Committee at Congregation B'Nai Torah, 2 Eunice Dr., Longmeadow, MA 01106, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC 20024, www.ushmm.org , or a favorite charity. For further information or directions, please visit ascherzimmerman.com .
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