Gloria Isabel Novak

May 19, 1926January 3, 2021

Peacefully passed away, on January 3, 2021 at Cedarwood Village Nursing Home, in Simcoe, in her 95th year. Daughter of Charles and Isabel Knight, North Bay, ON. Beloved Wife of the late Stanley Anthony Novak. Loving mother of Allen (Maureen) Novak, Sharon (Dave) Laackman, Cathy (Frank) Smith and Doug Novak. Cherished grandmother of Cindy (Ken) Pentland, Sherry (Andrew) Novak, Chris Laackman, Tracey (Kirk) Herriman, Mark Laackman, Darlene Smith, Jeff (Brianne) Smith, Stacey (Matt) Buck and Tyler (Jenelle) Novak. Great grandmother of Chad, Corey, DJ, Nick, Kaylee, Nicole, Kensie, Conner, Aibhlynn and Niamh. Gloria is survived by her sister Joy Brown and is predeceased by siblings Ruth, Cecilia, and Tommy. Gloria worked as a nurse at the John Noble Home for over 25 years. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for 60 years, a Vincentian for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a member of St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church. She will always be remembered for her love of cooking, gardening and social time with her numerous friends whom she cherished dearly. Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be a Private Funeral Service at “THORPE BROTHERS’ FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL” on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11am which the family invites you to join via Facebook Live. Interment to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Joseph’s Lifecare Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Memories and condolences may be shared and the link for Facebook Live can be found below.


  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021



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Donna Kane

January 9, 2021

Gloria was an excellent mentor to me during my first term of office in the Catholic Women's League of St. Basil. She always brought fun and laughter to our events.
May your memories bring you comfort.
I have requested that 2 Masses be said for Gloria at St Basil Church.
One is from the Catholic Women's League.

Carol Boyle

January 6, 2021

Alan, Sharon, Cathy, Doug, and family
Though her smile is gone forever
and her hand you cannot touch
You still have so many memories
Her memory is now your keepsake
Which with you will never part
God has her in his keeping
You have her in your heart
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, on the passing of Aunt Gloria
Chris and Carol Boyle

Sandra King

January 6, 2021

To all my cousins and there families..
My heart breaks for you all today..
We all have so many memories that will remain in our hearts forever.
As my God Mom she was always there for me & my family. Making sure everything was was good. She cared about everything and everyone she loved.. unconditionally.. We will carry her in our hearts today, tomorrow and forever.. I know she will be watching over us all.. 🌹❣💔

Darlene, Kaylee & Nicole Smith-Faddes

January 6, 2021

Gramma (GiGi) the girls and I are about to watch your funeral. Extremely hard not to be able to be there due to these times and COVID. You were a huge presence in all of our lives which will forever be in our hearts. You deserve your peace as you helped so many. I could never put just one memory as I am so blessed to have zillons. You will forever be remembered. One of my favourite and Proud moments when my 2 girls all on their own 1 on each side of you to keep you safe while going home. Our care for others has been passed along.
You are so loved, God Bless you. We love you always Darlene, Kaylee & Nicole

Bill & Nancy Knight

January 5, 2021

We want to offer our deepest condolences to the entire Novak family.
Sending our love and warmest thoughts as you navigate these difficult times.

Betty Knight

January 5, 2021

My sincere sympathy to the entire family at the loss of your mother, grandmother and GG grandmother.
She will always be in my thoughts.

Hattie Misiuda

January 5, 2021

I have many fond memories of Gloria and playing cards together at St. Pius Church Hall

Shanna Lee Fitzpatrick

January 5, 2021

Our Special memories will be never forgotten
Sister Joy
& The Fitzpatrick Family

Greg & Sharon Dropko

January 5, 2021

To the Novak family. Greg and I are very sorry to see that your Mom has passed away. It's a very hard time when children loose their Mom. We would like you all to know we are thinking about you at this sad time and know we have you in our hearts. Greg and Sharon Dropko

Cindy Kuyper

January 5, 2021

Sincere condolences from the Kuyper family - Gloria was our neighbour and friend for many, many years and was a special friend to Terry. Hans, Cindy and Terry Kuyper