Mabel Emily Novotny

Mass of Christian Burial for Mabel Emily Novotny, 96, of Glencoe and formerly of Stewart was held Monday, July 27, from the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart, with the Rev. Patrick Casey officiating.

Mrs. Novotny died on Thursday, July 23, 1998.

The song leaders were August and Irene Makovsky. The organist was Margie Navara. The duets were "On This Day O Beautiful Mother" and "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman." The congregational hymns were "We Walk By Faith," "Be Not Afraid," "Come To Her Aid" and "The Strife Is O'er."

Pallbearers were Jeffrey Wilkins, David Wilkins, Mark Wilkins, Charles Novotny, Michael Novotny and Steven Novotny.

Mabel Emily Navara was born to Frank and Emily (Ruzicka) Navara on Oct. 19, 1901 in Silver Lake. She received the sacraments of baptism and confirmation in the catholic faith. In 1919, she graduated from the Stewart High School.

On Nov. 14, 1923, she was united in marriage with Jeffrey A. Novotny at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. The couple made their home in rural Stewart where they farmed.

Mr. Novotny died on Sept. 6, 1976. In 1992, Mrs. Novotny moved to Glencoe to be closer to daughter, Emily. She was active at St. Boniface, belonging to its Council of Catholic Women. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, watching and learning about birds and doing needlework.

While a resident at the Glencoe Area Health Center's long-term care unit, Mrs. Novotny made the baby caps for the hospital. She loved being a part of the lives of her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Emily Wilkins and husband, Raymond, of Glencoe, James Novotny and wife, Margaret, of Burnsville, and Paul Novotny and wife, Rosemary, of Oakdale; grandchildren, Jeffrey Wilkins of Huntington Beach, Calif., David Wilkins of Golden Valley, Mark Wilkins of Glencoe, Charles Novotny and wife, Carolyn, of Cottage Grove, Michael Novotny and wife, Lori, of Huntington Beach, Calif; great grandchildren, Steven and Sara Novotny, Elizabeth and Benjamin Novotny; as well as many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jeffrey; and one brother, Frank Navara.

The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe handled arrangements.

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