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Mary A. Novak

December 4, 1941 — January 12, 2024


Mary Ann Novak, age 82, of Manitowoc, died peacefully on January 12th after a long battle with cancer. Mary Ann was born on December 4th, 1941, in Two Rivers to Anton and Gertrude (Nesper) Nemetz.

Mary Ann was raised in Two Rivers and eventually lived in Larabee on her family’s farm. Mary Ann attended schools in both Two Rivers and Manitowoc and graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1959. Mary Ann started her career at Northern Wisconsin Produce, then furthered her bookkeeping education at LTC, and later working at Roorbach Flowers. On April 8th, 1961, she was married to Bernard Novak at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Francis Creek.

Mary Ann was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed playing card games like Bingo and Cry Baby and competing in Shut Box and Spin to Win with her family and friends. Mary Ann loved being outside and enjoying nature. She looked forward to Sunday mornings with her daughter going for walks around the block and picking Lavendar flowers along the way. She enjoyed the gardens at Shady Lane while soaking up as much sunshine she could.  We will miss her dearly, but we embrace that fact that all her pain and suffering are gone, and we are comforted to know that we will one day be together again in heaven.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Lana and Mike Glaser of Reedsville; one son and daughter-in-law Todd and Brenda Novak of Manitowoc; two granddaughter’s Kendal (Adam) DeCock, Jackson Wisconsin, Kalie Novak of Manitowoc; and one great granddaughter Remington DeCock of Jackson Wisconsin; one brother-in-law Leroy Schamburek, Deforest: numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard Novak; her parents Anton and Gertrude Nemetz; her mother-in-law and father-in-law Victor and Adeline Novak; a sister-in-law Bernice Schamburek; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will greet relatives and friends at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church- Grand Site 1416 Grand Avenue in Manitowoc on Friday April 5th from 9:30-11:00 am with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am with Fr. Richard Klingeisen officiating. The Kinnard Funeral Home, Kewaunee is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolence messages may be shared at

The family would like to thank Dr. Powell, the staff at Shady Lane, Froedert Holy Family Memorial Hospital staff, Sharon Richardson Hospice and her friends at Shady Lane for caring so much for Mary Ann. 

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