In Remembrance of Roberta "Bobbi" Novick
Roberta "Bobbi" NovickClarks Summit, PA August 5, 1937 ~ September 10, 2012 Date of Service: September 12, 2012
Roberta (Bobbi) Novick, 75, of Clarks Summit, died late Monday night at Moses Taylor Hospital. She was the loving wife of Edward Novick for 53 years, who recently passed last December.
Born in Boston, MA, daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth Dockser Green, Bobbi received a BS degree from Simmons College and an MS degree in Special Education from Marywood University. For many years she was a learning disabilities teacher at both the elementary and high school level and later worked in various capacities at Novick Chemical Company, an industrial chemical distribution company founded by her husband.
A leader in the Scranton Jewish community, Bobbi was a passionate advocate for Israel, healthcare, Jewish education, and many other causes. At the top of this list was her love for Hadassah where she held numerous portfolios at the local, regional and national levels including Scranton Chapter President, Regional Education and Membership Vice-Presidents, and as a member of the National Board where she served as the National Young Judaea Marketing Co-Chair. Working tirelessly in all of these capacities, she was especially proud of the fact that she was part of a four generation Life Member Family spanning the generations from her mother and mother in law to her granddaughters.
Bobbi’s accomplishments, though, did not stop with Hadassah. She was a member of the Board of the Scranton Lackawanna Jewish Federation, the Scranton Jewish Community Center where she received the Shalom Young Leadership Award and served as Major Gifts Chair of the United Jewish Campaign and as a member of its Allocation Committee. She was fully committed to the advancement of Jewish education and took an active role in assisting her husband Ed in the founding of two afternoon Hebrew schools.
Most recently, Bobbi along with Ed, played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Chabad’s Jewish Discovery Center where she and Ed were honorees at the organization’s Gala Dinner in 2008. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Jewish Family Service of Lackawanna County.
Rounding out her life, Bobbi was President of Planned Parenthood of Lackawanna County. A wonderful wife, mother and grandmother she will be greatly missed.
Bobbi is survived by her daughter Lauri Novick and her husband Geoffrey Dann, her son Stephen Novick and his wife Jackie, four grandchildren, Rebecca, Emily, Avery and Natalie, her sister Judith Hersh and brother Gerald Green.
The funeral will be held today at 10:00 am at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 Drinker Street, Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Samuel Sandhaus. Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, NJ. Shiva will be observed at the Novick home tonight from 7-9 pm, Thursday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm and Friday 1-3 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chapel Fund at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, 1101 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18510 or the Chabad of the Abingtons, PO Box 770, Waverly, PA 18471.