Shirley N. LizzariMay 21,2012
Shirley N. Lizzari
MONTPELIER — Shirley N. (Smith) Lizzari passed peacefully on May 18, 2012, at her home in Montpelier with her family by her side, after a long illness. She was born on October 28, 1940, in West Topsham, the daughter of the late Charles A. Smith and Gladys L. (Magoon) Smith.
Shirley moved from West Topsham to Montpelier in 1956. She graduated from St. Michael’s High School, Montpelier, and the New England Institute of Professional Photography, where she studied photographic art. On September 5, 1959, she married the love of her life, Robert L. Lizzari Sr., at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Montpelier.
In 1963, she joined the family business, Lizzari Photographic, as a photographic artist; this allowed her to work from home and to be with her children. Her primary work involved a specialized craft of retouching, hand coloring and enhancement of photographs and portraits. She received many national, New England and Vermont awards for her work in photographic art. She was a lifetime member of the Professional Photographers Association of New England, a member of the Vermont Professional Photographers Association and the Professional Photographers of America. She retired from Lizzari Photographic in 2007.
Shirley loved walking, reading, playing cards, gardening and gatherings with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed winters at her home in Florida. She was a friend to all animals.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bob, three sons and a stepdaughter: Robert Lizzari Jr. of Montpelier, his companion Kristine Struminsky and children Matthew and Kristopher; Lt. Col. Richard Lizzari of Underhill, his wife Rosemary and children Hilari and her daughter Hannah, David, Joe and Aimee and her son Austin; Michael Lizzari of Worcester, his wife Pam and son Jason; Linda Stokes of Peacham, her husband Richard and children Christopher and Nicole.
She is also survived by her sisters, Hilda Williams of West Topsham, Madeline Cutler of Montpelier, and brother Philip Smith of West Topsham, his wife Janice; and many dear friends, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Vanessa Ann; her parents, Charles and Gladys; her sisters, Ruth Shover and Alberta Whiting; and her brother, Theodore Smith.
There will be no visiting hours. Her life will be celebrated in a Memorial Mass at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Montpelier at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2012. Burial in the Green Mount Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 16 Barre St., Montpelier, VT 05602.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com and go to Shirley’s obituary.
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