Sunday, April 14, 2024

Dobiana A. Motta

Dobiana A. Motta of Blairstown passed away on March 25, 2024 at 90 years of age after a brief illness.

Dobiana was born in Alano di Paive, Veneto, Italy on February 19, 1934 to the late Primo Bernardi and Amabile (Babato) Bernardi. Much of Dobiana’s young childhood was spent on a small farm in northern Italy under German occupation during World War II. After the war, her family went on to own a café, which showcased her mother’s skills in classic, simple Italian cuisine and inspired future generations of restauranteurs.

Around age 16, Dobiana immigrated to Switzerland where she worked a myriad of jobs including employment at the Lindt chocolate factory and waitressing, before meeting her husband, Luciano Stefano Motta. Dobiana and Luciano married in 1956, before being sponsored by family and immigrating to the United States in 1960.

As a big believer of the American Dream, Dobiana went on to own her own restaurant, Louise’s Diner in Clinton for 37 years. It was through the diner that Dobiana gained her nickname, “Louise,” which became a playful monicker after a misprint of her husband’s name and was more approachable for the everyday American customer. The diner gave way for Dobiana to explore her love of cooking and to continuously test her abilities by expanding into more Americanized recipes. Be it through the diner, or feeding family and friends, cooking was a love language for Dobiana. Her most commonly used phrase, “Mangia!” (a term of endearment to tell relatives and guests to “dig in” to a meal) was used on repeat in the quintessential Italian grandmother style.

Above all things, Dobiana’s love was for her family. She worked hard to provide a better life for her children and grandchildren, and never believed that there was any job too big or small to tackle. After selling Louise’s Diner, Dobiana went on to be an active part in the raising of her grandchildren and great-granddaughter, as well as aiding her daughter in the running of her own restaurant, The Blairstown Inn.

She was well known in her local community for her welcoming and warm spirit, along with her giving nature. In her later years, she enjoyed watching international satellite soccer games and old westerns, along with being an absolute shark at rummy and other card games.

Dobiana is survived by her daughter, Silvana Kellie Petersen; her son, Paul Motta; grandsons Christopher Breslin (Jennifer); Garrett Petersen (Chelsea); granddaughters, Haileigh Petersen (fiancé Kevin Danilowski); and Nicole Motta. She is also survived by her great-granddaughter, Kayla Breslin, and many loving family and friends both here in the United States and abroad. Dobiana is predeceased by her husband Luciano in 2002; her son-in-law Ronald W. Petersen in 2024; and both her brother, Nando; and sister, Antoinetta.

Services are private and are entrusted to the care of Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94 Blairstown.