August 7, 1925 - January 6, 2022
Eleanor A. Novak, age 96, of New Prague, passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord on January 6, 2022 at Mala Strana Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Prague. Eleanor “Ellie” was born to John and Emma (Hruza) Havlicek on August 7, 1925 on a farm near Veseli, MN. Ellie went to work immediately after graduating from eighth grade to help support the family income. She met her future husband at a dance hall in Lonsdale, MN. A couple years and a few more dances later, she married Stanley Novak on August 22, 1944 in Veseli. They lived on a farm a few miles east of New Prague for over 21 years, at which time they sold the farm and moved to New Prague. They raised two daughters, Arlene and Janiece. Eleanor lived in her house until she became ill in December. She worked numerous jobs during her lifetime and finally retired at the age of 85. She enjoyed listening to old time and country western music, playing cards (especially Euchre and 31), working jigsaw puzzles, attending as many dances as possible, and watching her favorite TV shows. She also enjoyed her outings with friends but enjoyed her times most with her family and grandchildren.
Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Arlene (Dick) Jonckowski and Janiece (Frank) St. George; grandchildren, Jen (Matt) Eich, Jeff (Brenda) Jonckowski, Eric St. George, Craig (Laura) St. George; great-grandson, Keegan St. George; brother-in-law, Roman Ceplecha; nieces & nephews; great-grand-dog, Charlie “Chuckie”. She is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley on May 6, 1982; parents; siblings, Emily Smisek, John Havlicek, Martha Svoboda, Rosalyn Ceplecha, nephew, Rodney Ceplecha.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 1:00 PM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating. Visitation will take place in church from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery followed by lunch at the Legion Clubroom.