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Obituary for Nita Joy Klein (Silverstein)

March 12, 1937 – November 9, 2023
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY

Nita Joy Klein, of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY entered into eternal rest on November 9, 2023 at Taconic at Beacon Nursing & Rehabilitation in Beacon, NY. She was 86 years old.

Nita was a prolific artist who found abundant inspiration in the natural beauty of the Hudson Highlands. Her original pastels, watercolors, and acrylic paintings have been exhibited in a wide range of venues both local and national. She resided in Cornwall-on-Hudson with her devoted husband, Larry, where she painted everyday looking out into a deer filled yard, offering seasonal variations such as November's lingering yellow leaves.

Nita was born in Highland Falls, then moved to Peekskill, eventually leaving the area to attend the University of Vermont, where she met and fell in love with Larry.

She relocated to New York City, where she attended Parsons School of Design, studying fashion design. "I must have driven my teacher crazy," she recalled, "sewing sleeves together when I was supposed to sew buttons on." She quickly changed her focus to drawing, painting, and pastels. After graduation, she got a job in the art department of one of Manhattan's biggest advertising agencies, Young & Rubican. She had a two-hour lunch and during her breaks she painted and sold her work to the art directors. Within a couple of years, she had sold enough of her art at lunchtime to make it feasible not to work. She sold her work at Bloomingdales and had a commission for a hotel in Manhattan where every single room featured an original Nita Klein work. Today, her work hangs in homes, restaurants and establishments throughout the Hudson Valley.

Nita and Larry were inseparable. They were fixtures at many local restaurants and Nita loved the Cornwall Public Library.

When Nita had to go to the nursing home because of a fall, Larry visited each day, all day. When he then had a stroke, they shared a room at the facility until he passed away from Covid.

Nita enjoyed being alone with Larry in their home, painting, soaking up the quiet and the view out her window.

A Graveside Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 17th at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Mountainville, NY.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences, please go to