Florence Ann (Newman) Novis

April 12, 1938September 28, 2020

Ann Novis (nee Florence Ann Newman), 82, of St. Catharines, ON, has died peacefully in the St. Catharines General Hospital on September, 28, 2020, of congestive heart failure. She is survived by her grieving husband George and three children, Constance, Alexandra and Timothy.

The eighth of nine children of May Louisa (nee Woodfield) and James William Newman, Ann's peaceful childhood, surrounded by animals and farming, was marred only by a severe bout of rheumatic fever aged 6. She left school to take up a job at the Metropolitan Stores in St. Catharines where, thanks to her energy and reliability, she rose quickly from shop floor to bookkeeper. It was at the "Met" that she met George, who would be her lifelong companion in a marriage spanning six decades.

As well as looking after a house and large garden and becoming an outstanding cook and accomplished baker, she continued to expand her skills, studying floristry. Her creations included the use of "found objects", such as driftwood and other natural materials. These, along with her bespoke Christmas trees (and baked goods), were popular with friends and family, and found huge demand at St. George's Bazaar, annually raising significant funds for the church. Ann also contributed her musical talents there, singing in the choir for 40 years (and acting as sometime president) until as recently as 2018.

She is also survived by four siblings, three grandchildren, and a large number of nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Due to COVID-19, an invitation-only memorial service will be held at a date to be confirmed at St. George's, and her ashes interred in the Columbarium there. The family would be grateful for any donations to the Canadian Heart Foundation.


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Catharine (Streadwick) Krotky

October 7, 2020

I was saddened to learn of Mrs. Novis' passing. When I was in my teens, I got the hairbrained idea to take up playing the piano - despite having neither piano nor piano teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Novis generously offered the use of their piano and recommended my first piano teacher, sparking a love of music which endures to this day. I am so deeply grateful.

Mr. Novis, Connie, Sandy and Tim, you are all in my thoughts at this difficult time.

In sympathy,
Cathy (Streadwick) Krotky

Margaret Runka

October 1, 2020

My sister Liz and I remember the fun of doing crafts with Mrs. Novis and her daughters, Connie and Sandy. Their house always smelled so good of fresh baking. I remember Mrs. Novis teaching us how to do embroidery and she was so kind and patient with us. My condolences to Mr. Novis, Connie, Sandy and Tim. Sincerely Marg (Russell)

Tom Bye

October 1, 2020

Aunty Ann will be greatly missed by all of us. Our lives were made better for having known her. Her smile and affectionate way had given us a feeling of caring and warmth. Our condolences to the entire family.

Don Newman

September 30, 2020

Aunt Ann was a truly Christian woman with a kind heart and a love of life and family. She will be missed.

Bonnee Brown

September 30, 2020

Ann was a lovely lady. She will be missed by many. Our condolences to George & family.
Hugs from Bonnee, George & Lindsay

Melanie McCutcheon

September 30, 2020

So many wonderful memories .... I will never forget the trip on the train to the Santa Claus parade with Aunt Ann and cousin Connie. And the afternoon tea afterwards. She will be thought of often. Our Deepest Sympathy to George and family.

Chris Newman

September 30, 2020

Aunt Ann will be missed greatly. I will always remember her homemade cookies. Condolences to the family


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