Cantrell Funeral Home

609 S. Walnut St., Kimball, NE


Carol Anita Novotny

December 27, 1933May 18, 2020

Caroline A. Novotny, 86, of Kimball, died at her home in Kimball on Monday, May 18, 2020. Funeral services for Carol will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Roger Gillming officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. The services and visitation will be open to the public, but social distancing rules will be followed. Memorials may be given in Carol’s memory to the family. The services for Carol have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Caroline Anita Louise Novotny was born on December 27, 1933 to Bernard and Julia Kotarski in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Carol was a Kimball county resident for 65 years. In her younger years, she moved from Pennsylvania to Orange County, California following a career in nursing. After meeting a Navy sailor at a dance, her life was changed forever. Her and her husband, Richard, had a whirlwind courtship that only lasted a few weeks and a marriage that lasted for 47 years. Known as a storyteller, the story of meeting her husband was a favorite. After their wedding on May 27, 1955 they moved to rural Kimball, Nebraska to farm. Carol and Richard were the parents of two boys, James and Rich. Carol loved to share the antics of raising two rowdy boys and all their adventures including moving to town, taking a boat across the ocean to explore Europe, traveling with their polka band, and building their family farm. Carol loved to visit neighbors, get the latest gossip at the beauty shop, head to the casino, and spend countless hours in her garden. She was very proud of her garden and continued to plant, water, and pull weeds which kept her active. Her true joy and love were poured into her four granddaughters. Carol always had pictures and a story to brag about whatever the girls were up to. She loved hosting sleep overs, shopping excursions, trips to Dairy Queen, and adventures to California. The five girls even crossed off an item from her bucket list together; going to the taping of The Price is Right. Carol’s great-grandchildren affectionately called her “GG” and always enjoyed visiting her house for a special treat from the kitchen and cartoons. Carol’s vibrant personality, laughter, and stories will remain always in our hearts.

Survivors include her son Richard (Nancy) Novotny of Bushnell, NE; granddaughters Heather Norberg, Natalie Elder, Sarah Heideman, and Julie Madden; 12 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, husband, and son, James.


  • Richard (Nancy) Novotny, Son
  • Heather Norberg, Granddaughter
  • Natalie Elder, Granddaughter
  • Sarah Heideman, Granddaughter
  • Julie Madden, Granddaughter
  • 12, Great Grandchildren

  • Mike Norberg, Pallbearer
  • Landon Norberg, Pallbearer
  • Kurt Heideman, Pallbearer
  • Madden, Pallbearer
  • Elder, Pallbearer
  • Harley Dietz, Pallbearer

  • Carol Novotny Memorial Fund


  • Visitation

    Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


Carol Anita Novotny

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Mike Jackson

May 22, 2020

Novotny family, Carol was my 2nd Mom, Many years of fun, laughter and memories. From learning to dance, Being able to participate in the Farmers Day Parades, the travels that I got to tag along......looking for prince, talent contests and mostly Wonderful music. Carol was the organizer and got it done. At times you may have got the impression from her that she didn’t care....but she always did. Over the years our lives may have separated but I knew Carol still cared for us in her heart. Deepest Sympathies to Rich, Nancy and your family.
Hugs to you all, Mike and Heidi Jackson and family😔


May 20, 2020

It has been an honor and a special treat to have known Carol Novotny, as my aunt. I have known her from my childhood, for some 60 years, all the way to the present. Each visit was always special.
I first met her and my uncle Rich on the farm, where I would spend some of my summers as a kid growing up. She was always organizing the daily chores, preparing food, and keeping everyone on task and in line. These summers were always special and taught me many life skills and ethics that have remained throughout my life. I felt like I was one of the family.
Later in life, as I grew up and began my own life, we drifted apart and interacted only through phone calls and occasional visits. Those were still a treat. It was always interesting to hear what was happening on the farm and her boys. As time went on, her extended family grew and grew. And so, the stories that were always interesting.
I had the pleasure of visiting her a few years ago. She was still sharp as a tack, highly involved with the operation of the farm, being compassionate and giving to her remaining sister, always being there for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. I was always amazed as how she can do so many things at once.
She in now no longer with us, but the memories will last my lifetime, as well as, the lifetimes of the so many people she influenced. Rest in Peace my Aunt Carol. It is well deserved.
Jerry Nerkowski