Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel

10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA


Anita R. Novins

December 5, 1919March 31, 2020

of Salem, took her last breath on March 31, 2020 at the young age of 100. Anita is the beloved aunt of Myralee Machol, Paula K. Shiff and Gershon Saxe. And, she is the beloved great and great-great aunt of a multitude of nieces and nephews. Besides her family, Anita was cherished by everyone who met her. That includes anyone that passed through the ballet school and everyone she met outside while having some “fresh air.”

Anita was born in Salem and lived in Boston and the North Shore. She had quite a work history. She was a WWII Code Girl. For 30 years Anita was the Executive Secretary for Norman Leventhal of Beacon Companies, 15 years as Executive Secretary for Ian Moss of Brush Fibers and 18 years as Office Manager of the Marblehead School of Ballet where she retired at the age of 97. During her career as an executive secretary, she was president of the National Secretary Association.

Funeral service for Anita will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10:00am at the Lebanon Tifereth Israel Cemetery in Peabody, MA. Unfortunately, because of the current social distancing guidelines by the CDC, the funeral is closed to a very small group of family members. Shiva will be held virtually; please contact Amy at onlyoneabn@gmail.com for dates, times and meeting codes. Some time in the fall (TBA) there will be a celebration of Anita’s life at the Marblehead School of Ballet.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Anita’s memory to the Novins family c/o the Marblehead School of Ballet, 115 Pleasant St, Marblehead, MA 01945. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anita’s memory to the North Shore Civic Ballet [501(C)3], or the Ruth N. Shiff Memorial Fund, or directly to the Marblehead School of Ballet, www.marbleheadschoolofballet.com/donate/, or to the Rick Machol Memorial Fund.

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Anita R. Novins

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Julie Smith

April 8, 2020

Anita, you were a bright beam of light! You and I had some special little secrets... those little walks downstairs for " a little fresh air", your special sandwich at the coffee shop. You brought a smile to us all. Your spirit will always remain in our hearts. We are so fortunate to have had you present in our lives.
I know you and Mom must be having a little coffee somewhere and complaining about Paula and I being bossy. Oh that night ... what a treat it was. I will cherish that memory forever.

Catherine Stubbs (formally Schmidt)

April 4, 2020

I have know Anita my entire life. I grew up at MSB and NSCB. She was feisty, loving and just a wonderful person. Her and her sister were truly amazing women and are now together again. Can’t remember who yelled up the stairs the loudest but I believe both did it well. Anita, you will truly be missed.

Carlos Fittante

April 4, 2020

Anita, always a lady, was vivacious and charming without having to try. She connected to poeple with ease and I am grateful to have known her. I know her spirit will continue to welcome visitors at the Marblehead School of Ballet - Carlos

Sharon Novins Edvy

April 3, 2020

As teenagers, we knew Aunt Anita as the "cool" aunt. We knew that in stepping out to get "a breath of fresh air" with her meant we could smoke a cigarette with her in secret. Once, when I visited her at the Marblehead School of ballet when she was only 94 years old, she hooked her arm in mine and led me down the huge staircase for "fresh air". I huffed and puffed trying to keep up with her. She might have been a wee bit disappointed that I had quit smoking years before.
It took until she was in her 90s to tell us what her job was during WWII. All she would tell us until then was that it was classified. I will miss her.

Joan Hantman

April 3, 2020

I remember Anita very fondly every time I went to visit Paula at the ballet school. Anita always greeted me warmly every time I called and we often chatted while waiting for Paula to be available. My heart goes out to her family and friends. She had a long engaging life and career and will leave precious memories on many people for sure!