OBITUARY ~ MARY LUCILLE (SWETT) NOVAK
February 16, 1928 ~ December 01, 2011
Mary Lucille NOVAK, daughter of Orville and Nina (EVANS) SWETT, was born February 16, 1928 at Delphos, Iowa. Mary
graduated from Delphos High School in 1946. On April 21, 1947, Mary was united in marriage to Cyril Laverne (Bus) NOVAK.
With the exception of one year, they lived on the same farm south of Diagonal for forty-seven years.
Mary was a loving wife who was devoted to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Mary loved to garden. She
did many hand-works, such as crocheting doilies and quilting. Mary loved to be outdoors and especially enjoyed feeding
and watching birds.
Mary worked as a Nurses Aid at Clearview Home for 23 years. She was a member of Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church in Maloy and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mt. Ayr. Mary moved into Mount Ayr around 2006.
She had recently become a resident of the Mount Ayr Health Care Center.
On December 1, 2011, Mary passed away at the Mt. Ayr Health Care Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her
husband Laverne NOVAK; son Joe Novak; two brothers Wilford and Loren SWETT and sister-in-law Alice SWETT; parents-in-law
Cyril & Maude NOVAK.
Survivors include her children Sherri SHEIL (Steve BROWN) of Clarinda, IA, Tim (Connie) NOVAK of
Maryville, MO, Tom NOVAK of Diagonal, Robert NOVAK of Diagonal; grandchildren Brian SHEIL, Erik SHEIL, Patrick SHEIL,
Chris NOVAK, Tara LYNCH, Amy FINNEY, Jeremy NOVAK, Tracy HARPER along with their special spouses and families including
16 great-grandchildren; brother Carl SWETT and wife Luella of Savannah, MO; two brothers-in-law Robert (Barbara) NOVAK
and their daughter Terri Bell of Sterling, VA and George (LaRetta) NOVAK of Creston, IA along with many nieces, nephews,
other relatives and friends.
Mary's memorials will go to Kids Against Hunger and HCI Care Services in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Your Mother Is Always With You
Your mother is always with you. . .
She's the whisper of the leaves
as you walk down the street.
She's the smell of bleach in
your freshly laundered socks.
She's the cool hand on your brow
when you're not well.
Your mother lives inside your laughter.
She's crystallized in every tear drop. . .
She's the place you came from,
your first home. . .
She's the map you follow
with every step that you take.
She's your first love and your firstheartbreak. . .
and nothing on earth can separate you.
Not time, Not space. . .
Not even death. . .
will ever separate you from your mother. . .
You carry her inside of you. . .
-- Author Unknown
Services were held at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Mount Ayr on Monday, December 5, 2011, with Fr. Glen
WILDERDING offciating. Musician was Peggy WORTHINGTON. Casket bearers included Steve BROWN, Jay WATSON, John SCHAFER,
Ron SCHAFER, Ken CARAWAY and Robert HINZ. Honorary pallbearers were Patrick SHEIL, Erik SHEIL, Brian SHEIL, Chris NOVAK,
Jeremy NOVAK, Jason LYNCH and Jeff FINNEY.
Interment was made at
St. Mary's Cemetery, Maloy, Iowa.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2012
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