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Malec & Sons Funeral Home

6000 North Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

OBITUARY

Michele F. Novak

November 4, 1946December 27, 2019
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Michele F. Novak, 73, passed away suddenly in Marco Island, Florida with her loving sister, Kathy, at her side. Loving sister of Kathy Novak; cherished niece of Jeanne (the late Edward) Swiatowiec; close cousin to Edward (Delores) Kowalczyk, Ray (Chris) Novak, Ken (Mary Rose) Nowak, Michael (Cindy) Swiatowiec, John (Patty) Swiatowiec, Mary Lee (Jaime) Garcia, and Beth Anne Swiatowiec; cherished cousin and friend of many. Preceded in death by her parents, the late Frank and Eleanore Novak. Michele was a Math Teacher and Principal at Alvernia High School. She also worked in the Development Department and was on the Alumni Board at St. Patrick's High School. Michele was the Coordinator of the Department of Medicine Residency Program and later Business Manager for the Department of Medicine at Stroger Hospital before retiring. Michele has lived in the Chicago area all her life, spending over 70 summers in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and nearly forty winters and holidays in Marco Island, Florida. She was a much loved and dedicated educator and friend to many. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 6th, at 9:15am from Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646, to St. Hyacinth Basilica for a funeral mass at 10:00am. Interment Maryhill Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 5th, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Adult Down Syndrome Center, 1610 Luther Lane, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068; to Lewis University DISCOVER Initiative, 1 University Parkway, Unit 292, Romeoville, Illinois 60446, or a charity of your choice. Michele will forever be imprinted on the lives she touched and through the memories we will always cherish. We celebrate a life lived with integrity, compassion, kindness, and courage. For more information, please call (773) 774-4100 or visit www.malecandsonsfh.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2020
  • Closing Prayers Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Interment Monday, January 6, 2020

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Carol Quagliano Van Durme

January 11, 2020

How blessed we were to know Michele, an amazing woman and faithful friend! Her strength of character, charming humor, and generosity to all will permanently etch her in our memories and hearts. To borrow and adapt a few lines from Shakespeare, "Her life was gentle and the elements so mix'd in her, that Nature might stand up and say to all the world" this was a friend. Rest in Peace, dear friend.

Tracy Williams

January 10, 2020

Principle Novak cared about all us girls. She was known for being strict and direct but always approachable. I had not seen her since graduation in 1987. So sad to hear this news and my prayers are with her family.

Bruce Wieczorkiewicz

January 5, 2020



Michele and I were classmates at St. Hyacinth grammar school
in the good old 1950s. I will always remember her as the smart math girl with a sense of humor.

May God welcome her in his embrace and bless her family.

Maria McElhone

January 5, 2020

Ms. Novak was an awesome principal and teacher. I cherish many memories of laughter, sternness when necessary and lasting friendships from Alvernia High School. I pray for peace and comfort, along with thanksgiving, that my family, sisters and I had the pleasure of knowing her. Rest high sweet lady. Much Love. Maria "Balogh" McElhone, class of 1986.

Bob Pitzaferro

January 4, 2020

I have had the honor of knowing Michele for 50 years beginning in 1969 when we taught together at Alvernia High School. I left teaching after 4 years and Michele ultimately became Principal, but we stayed in touch. I became an Administrator at Cook County Hospital and in the late 1990's I recruited Michele to Coordinate the post graduate internal medicine residency program. She was so smart, capable and tireless in mastering her job despite her physical challenges. She impressed everyone at the hospital. When I retired to Florida in 2007, Michele succeeded me in my job. I was so proud of her. Mic, I will miss you and love you forever. By the way, if you ever need a caregiver, I hope you get one like Michele's sister Kathy who is an angel, so selfless, beyond competent and very caring.

Lisa Ryba

January 4, 2020

So sorry to hear of Michele Novak's passing. She was an outstanding Math teacher at Alvernia. I truly enjoyed her teaching style and her willingness to work with you to fully understand the necessary material. She was extremely kind and a great friend and mentor during my years at Alvernia. She will be greatly missed.

Pat Woodhouse

January 4, 2020

Michele was the kind of person most of us, especially me, wish they could be like - a caring, giving and kind person who always wore a smile and had a pleasant word for all whom she encountered, no matter how she felt, nor how much pain she was experiencing on any given day. Being plagued with crippling arthritis, she never complained or bored you with details. May she now enjoy a well-deserved, relaxing, and pain free place in heaven with her mom and dad.
I know only too well that my life is richer for having known Michele since the mid sixties when my daughters attended Alvernia High School. Rest in Peace, Michele

Susan Ellinger

January 4, 2020

Michele Novak, “The PAA” Parents & Associates of Alvernia will always remember the wonderful times that we shared together.

Susan & Ken Ellinger

January 4, 2020

Kathy, Family & So Many Friends,
“Mic” was the “light of life” for so many of us. We have been so fortunate for these past 36+ years to have her, Kathy, M/M Novak in our lives. So many memories of great times...Alvernia Parents Club, Haunted House, Las Vegas Nights, Courtyard Capers, Alvernia Block Party, and most important meeting so many people via Alvernia, who became our friends for life.
Kathy, you were a wonderful sister to “Mic” and as she was to you.
Memories are wonderful, but to have the real thing is better.
Kathy, via Alvernia we are family, and we will always be there for you. Susan & Kenny Ellinger

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