Tony (Anton) Walter Novobielski
April 10, 1927 – October 18, 2018
Tony (Anton) Walter Novobielski was born on April 10, 1927 at home on the farm near Thorp, Wisconsin, to Joseph and Mary Novobielski. He was the 11th child in a family of 13. Tony received his elementary education in a one-room school that was two miles from their dairy farm. Afterward he attended a trade school in O’Claire to learn sheet metal fabrication.
Tony moved to Washington state when he was 17, following the lead of his older brothers, and settled in the Selah/Yakima area. Soon afterward, he sent $80 for his younger sister, Rose, to come out west and then his parents and youngest sister, Josie joined them. Many years later, his brother Bernie moved his family to Yakima. At the age of 20, he opened his own restaurant and operated it for 6 years. Tony met Charlotte Remley in Yakima while she was completing her degree at WSU and they were married in 1950. He traveled around the state to sell specialty foods for Magnano & Sons, to grocery stores while Charlotte taught high school. They had four children: Karen Kivett (Bill), Judy Novobielski-Muhs (Fred), Roger Novobielski (Darlene) and Nancy Novobielski Campbell.
Tony started his career in real estate in 1963, first as a salesman with Associated Realtors and over the years of work and study, he acquired his brokers’ license and opened the House of Real Estate, in 1976, with Charlotte as his office manager. He was deeply devoted to helping people throughout the Yakima Valley find or build the homes of their dreams. Tony spent most of his spare time customizing the home where he and Charlotte raised their family, building cabinets and other furniture and remodeling rental properties. He loved to teach others his craft, specifically his son, Roger and grandson, Ryan, and had a fully functioning woodworking shop in his garage.
Tony and Charlotte owned and traveled in 3 motor homes over the years, to visit relatives and friends. They were able to visit all 50 of the United States together, as well as the Panama Canal and England. Tony was always ready to load up everyone who wanted to join them in their travels, whether it was 40 miles to the lower valley or 600 to Yellowstone National Park. Wherever they visited, the relatives seemed to have remodeling and building projects ready for Tony to complete!
Tony was always prepared for having fun with his children, nieces, nephews and neighborhood children. Early on he was painting details on the stagecoach he built for the wagon, and later he was designing a “bike-ski” he could pull behind the family boat. He loved to waterski, pursue his artistic talent in oil painting, taught the kids how to dig clams and climbed Mt. Adams with Karen and her friends. Tony always seemed to be the best clown in photographs. His middle name should have been “fun!”
Tony was preceded in death by his parents, many siblings and his wife, Charlotte. He is survived by siblings Bernie Novobielski, Rose Rosenberger, Josephine Cox and all 4 of his children. He also had 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home on Friday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m. Concluding services with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.lepfuneralhome.com.
- Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, November 2, 2018
- Concluding Services Friday, November 2, 2018
Tony (Anton) Walter Novobielski
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Linda (Mickelsen) Dominguez
November 2, 2018
I was the flower girl at Charlotte's and Tony's wedding. I have wonderful memories of when they visited in the Toledo and Winlock area and seeing them when we were in Yakima. They parked their motorhome in front of our home in San Jose, CA for a couple of days. Tony noticed that one of our kitchen cabinets had slipped. Of course, he had to jack it up and fix the problem. Thanks again Tony. Your fix is still going strong!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Novobielski Family during this difficult time. We were blessed to know both Charlotte and Tony.
October 30, 2018
I first met Uncle Tony when I married into the family. Then I was very lucky to be able to work with Tony, Charlotte and Roger at the House of Real Estate. After my divorce I was afraid that I would not be welcome in the Novobielski family but was so happy to find out I was. Tony and Charlotte always made me feel loved, part of the family. I love them both. I will never forget Tony always happy and smiling, his telling jokes and how much he loved showing everyone his handy work in the house , in the motorhome or in a rental. When Ron and I bought our first house on Queen Ave he made us a beautiful built in dresser. The memories of both Tony and Charlotte will always be in my heart. RIP Uncle Tony!
October 29, 2018
Uncle Tony was one of the most caring person that I was happy to know. He was a great uncle. He was the one that inspired me to get into art. He made sure that I had a great childhood with all my cousins. I loved our boating experiences! I loved watching all of his home movies of us kids growing up! He will be greatly missed. I love you Uncle Tony.
October 29, 2018
when we first came to Washington Tony took care of Rosie and I and Mom and Dad. we decided to float the River when there were these huge ice chunks but thank God we were unable to get out there. my favorite memorie of Tony is our trip to Yakima to see him this Oct. when we went to Selah and drove all over to his old stomping grounds where we used to live. Tony was so excited he was like a little boy,so happy to relive a large piece of our child hood . I love him so much and will think of him every day.
October 29, 2018
Tony and Charlotte welcomed people into their circle of love where there was laughter, sharing of stories and acceptance. Gary and I are grateful that our lives touched theirs.
October 28, 2018
What I remember about my grandpa Tony is that he was honest and good. He believed in hard work and taking care of his family. I also remember he was very strong willed. Nothing could keep him down, not even cancer. When he was told to rest he would go out to the shop and build something. I would have to say my favorite memory was when he would spin us kids around. Lastly, I remember he always had a smile on his face. I am sad he is gone but grateful he is in heaven with his wife.
October 27, 2018
Tony was the perfect mate for Charlotte. They both enjoyed life, brought laughter and friendship to many throughout their life together, including me. Bless them both as they are together again.
October 25, 2018
Tony and Charlotte were very wonderful people. I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of them both. They will always have a special place in my heart. I loved them both very much!
October 24, 2018
Tony, was a very special guy. When i first started working where Tony was living he would always come up to me and introduce himself as Tony the Tiger. As time went on Tony would go places with me on the bus, shopping and most importantly his casino trips. Tony will always have a special place in my heart, and most importantly i was so blessed to meet someone as special as Tony. My thoughts and prays go out to the family.