|George Joseph Novak and LaVergne Gwendolyn Novak|
Lavergne Novak was born on April 24, 1920, in Chicago, to Joseph Przybylski and Gussie (née Bubenik).
By 1929, her mother had remarried, and LaVergne was adopted by John Bell. She attended Hauser Middle School in Riverside, Ill., and Riverside-Brookfield and Oak Park-River Forest high schools. After school, she worked for the phone company.George was born on Feb. 23, 1919, in the post office grocery store where his mother worked, in Chicago. His parents were Joseph F. Novak, a Czechoslovakian immigrant, and Millie (née Jilk).
George Novak and LaVergne Bell married on Feb. 5, 1943. Not long after, George served in World War II, with the United States occupation forces in Italy. He recently participated in the Honor Flight, in commemoration of his service.
George worked as an engineer for Western Electric for 42 years, retiring in 1983. He received multiple patents for his design work during his career.
The couple had much in common, and yet they were distinctly individual. They had two children, Donald and Janet (Tarek Husayni). They shared the love of eight grandchildren, Deanna, Lena, Jad, Maya and Ramsey Husayni, and April, Helen and Hannah Novak.
They both loved the outdoors. In their younger years, they enjoyed backwoods canoeing and camping in the northern United States and Canada.
In later years, they spent their summers in a small cabin on Razorback Lake in the north woods of Sayner, Wis.
LaVergne also enjoyed safaris she had taken to Africa, and decorated several walls in her Riverside home with African memorabilia.
LaVergne loved the simple life, eschewing modern technology for the art of letter-writing. She had longtime pen pals from different areas of the United States.
George loved to invent things. His cabin at Razorback Lake in Sayner was a testament to his creativity.
He had a love for knowledge and embraced technology, especially that which made it possible for him to stay in touch with his grandchildren.
George had four siblings, all of whom, along with their spouses, preceded him in death: Ella (Edward), Edwin (Ruth), Sylvia (James Kott), and Mildred (Harry Kopack).
LaVergne leaves behind one sister, Gloria (the late Ed McCabe). George and LaVergne were also the fond uncle and aunt of many.
A memorial service for George and LaVergne Novak will be scheduled for this summer. Please contact the family for information.
|Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:44 PM|