NOVEMBER 1, 2017
Passed in Pittsburgh on
November 1, 2017. She is
survived by her daughter,
Carol (Bernard); brother,
Arnold Silverman (Susan);
nephews, Michael and Lee
Silverman; and grandnephew
and niece, Henry and Rachel
Silverman. Janet Shirley
Silverman was born in
Baltimore, Maryland, on April
23, 1923, to Lillian and Frank
Silverman. Graduating from
Peabody High School in 1940,
she received a Bachelor of
Arts in Social Work from the
University of Pittsburgh in
1944, with undergraduate
courses at Johns Hopkins
University and graduate
courses in Social Welfare at
Pitt. Janet was a social worker
for Pittsburgh's Jewish Family
and Community Services and
Pittsburgh Public Schools. Her
affiliations included; National
Association of Social Workers,
Pennsylvania Association of
School Social Workers, Mu Phi
Epsilon international professional
music fraternity, Alpha Kappa
Delta honorary sociology fraternity
and Pi Lambda Theta, an
educational national honor
society. Janet was an
accomplished pianist. As a
young adult, she accompanied
Gene Kelly in his East Liberty
teaching studio. Her lifelong
interests included classical
and jazz music, theater,
antiques and culinary
discoveries. At her request, no
services were held. In her
memory, donations can be
made to Pitt's Social Work
Endowment Fund for COSA
Students at 412-624-8604 or
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