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Green Funeral Home

57 Main St, Danbury, CT

OBITUARY

Natalya Shamis

January 23, 1943March 23, 2020
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Natalya Shamis, age 77, of Danbury, Connecticut passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020, with her family by her side. Natalya was born on January 23, 1943, to the late Joseph and Elena Shamis.

Natalya Shamis was a concertmaster of a major symphony orchestra in the former Soviet Union before moving to the United States with her family. She continued her career as a violinist with Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New American Chamber Orchestra, and was a concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra. Natalya was also a committed violin teacher for many years. Natalya is survived by her husband of 49 years, Zakhary Paranyuk; her sisters Alla Shamis and Klarissa Berman; her daughters Viktoria and Yelena; and her grandchildren Zachary and Kate. Visitation will be private at the family's request and held at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St, Danbury, CT. Following a private visitation, a Graveside Service will be held at St. Peter Cemetery, 71 Lake Ave Extension, Danbury, CT 06810. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.thegreenfuneralhome.com for the Shamis family.

Services

  • Calling Hours (Private) Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Graveside Service (Private) Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Burial Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Lea Attanasio

March 30, 2020

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March 27, 2020

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Lea Attanasio

March 27, 2020

Lea Attanasio

March 27, 2020

I was with my daughters (Sarah and Christie) at Natalya and Zakhary's house for a summer violin lesson. It was a dreary rainy day. Ray was restless. He went over and stood by the back door and barked. Natalya said something to him in Russian. Sarah, who was maybe 7 years old at the time, exclaimed, "Ray speaks Russian?" We all had a great laugh over that one.

Then Natalya told us a story about when she had recently moved from Russian and was in the City. She and Ray were walking down the street and all of a sudden, Ray froze in his tracks. Natalya didn't know why. She listened for a minute and realized that Ray had heard someone speaking Russian, something he hadn't heard except at home since Zakhary and she had moved from Russia.

She told us many stories over the years we knew her, about her childhood growing up in Russia and about her life here in the United States. We loved hearing her stories. We will always cherish them.

Elizabeth Feola

March 24, 2020

I played in the Danbury Symphony with Natalya, and she always had a smile and a kind word for me. She was always willing to answer my questions and helped me wherever she could. She was a wonderful woman, and I will miss her.

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