Dorothy Novak

August 1, 1925March 8, 2018

Dorothy Novak, age 92, died on March 8 at the Seven Rivers Medical Center in Crystal River, Florida. She was married to her childhood sweetheart, Walter, for almost 70 years, and enjoyed retirement with him for over 30 years, until he predeceased her in 2016. She is survived by her son, David, and daughter in law, Joanne, who live in Arlington, MA. Dot grew up in New Haven, Connecticut where she attended St Mary’s High School. Both before and after marrying Walt she worked several jobs to help support her parents. Dot and Walt married in 1946, on his return from serving in the Navy during WW 2. Their only child, Dave, was born in 1947. Besides being a home maker, Dot became active as a Cub Scout leader and Catholic studies teacher. When Dave went to a private high school, Dot went to work for the West Haven Public School system and, for many years supported several grammar school principals as their secretary and office manager. At her retirement party, people spoke about being afraid the school would fall apart without her! After the move to Beverly Hills, FL, she and Walt began a very rich, happy, and active retirement life. Along with joining many clubs, dancing together whenever possible, Dot became a line dancing instructor and her group entertained at many senior citizen centers. Even after she needed a walker, she still had the moves! She also led a lunch group made up of friends she and Walt met from their church, Our Lady of Grace, clubs and other activities. Like Walt, she loved everything to do with swimming, snorkeling, and boating. The family requests memorial donations to be made to Dot’s favorite animal conservation group, Save The Manatee Club ( Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fero Funeral Home, 5955 N. Lecanto Hgihway, Beverly Hills, FL 34465.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 16, 2018

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liz Twombly

March 16, 2018

So sorry about the loss of your mom Dave. I know the last few months had been hard for her--so I'm happy that she is in a better place. It's also wonderful to know that you were able to be there by her side to escort her to her next phase. I'm sure your presence helped her move on in peace. Love to both you and Joanne, Liz

Evelyn Gladu

March 14, 2018

We have been privileged to have Dave Novak and Joanne for many years as friends. We have followed Dave's journey with his parents and feel like we came to know them through him. Having known Dave's love for snorkeling, scuba diving and other adventures, we see similar interests in the description of Dot's life. We have seen Dave's care and concern for his parents' wellbeing in his many trips to Florida. We send our love and heartfelt sympathy to both Dave and Joanne.

Nancy Darden

March 13, 2018

I surely will miss 'Auntie Dot'! She was an amazing woman...definitely one of a kind. Thank you for being such a pitbull when it came to watching out for Mama. You were not blood, but you will always be 'family'. I will miss you forever, Dorothy. Rest well and I know that your beloved Walter is grateful that you are together again. Thank you for gracing my life with your presence. My life is forever changed for your being a part of it....even if only for a short time. We will miss you terribly. Nancy & Gary Darden and 'the boys'

Mickey Janowski

March 13, 2018

I'm honored and lucky that I finally got to meet Dot, 45 years after I first met Dave, shortly before he was severely WIA in VN.

We're all glad that Dave made it back to give almost another 50 years to his Mom & Dad. Not to mention the grief and suffering Dot & Walt avoided if he hadn't made it.

Dot missed Walt so much the last couple years, I reckon they're dancing with the Manatees now.

We enjoyed hanging out with you a little during your retirement and the occasional chat on the phone, even if it did take ya a while how to figure out how to answer those newfangled cell phones.

Thanks for giving us Dave, RIP. Mickey & Jenny