Mary Ann Novotny dies at 86

Mary Ann Novotny age 86 of Protivin, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Evans Memorial Home in Cresco.A Memorial Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Protivin with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. The organist is Sue Panos accompanying the Czech Choir. Lectors for the service are Scott Kipp, Mark Kipp, and Megan Novotny. Presenting the offertory gifts are Jennifer Swinehart, Angie Kipp, Allison Novotny, Emily Novotny, and Brandi Novotny. Eucharist ministers are Jackie Novotny, and Taylor Novotny.Burial will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, Protivin with Brent Hulbert, Chad Lyke, Matt Lyke, Ethan Novotny, Ben Novotny, and Mitch Novotny serving as pallbearers.Friends may greet the family 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in Protivin. Where there will be a 3:45 p.m. Rosary and a 6:30 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the funeral home on Thursday.Mary Ann Clara Novotny was born Dec. 2, 1929, in Protivin, the daughter of Richard and Clara (Strnad) Kalishek. She attended rural country school near Protivin through the 8th grade. On August 16, 1949, she married Donald Novotny. To this union eight children were born.The couple settled on the Novotny family farm Southeast of Protivin. Mary Ann was an integral part of the farm where she raised ducks and chickens, spent many hours in a tractor tending to the fields, and raised her children. Mary Ann and Donald retired into the town of Protivin in 1988 after spending 38 years on the farm.From 1970 – 1998 Mary Ann and Donald traveled around the world. Together, they were able to visit over 50 countries. Mary Ann loved making quilts and Czech stitchery. She was known for making name crochets. Mary Ann loved to play cards, crochet, bake, attend her grandchildren's sporting events, and watch Iowa Hawkeye basketball games.Mary Ann was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Provitin, and a longtime member of the Czech Choir. Mary Ann cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Mary Ann is survived by 4 sons, Neal (Robin) Novotny of Foster City, Calif., Duane (Jackie) Novotny of Ft. Atkinson, Jeff (Beth) Novotny of Spillville, Gary Novotny of Decorah; 3 daughters, Wanda (Frank) Hulbert of Norwalk, Dorene (Jim) Lyke of Rochester, Minn., Diane (Dan) Kipp of New Hampton; 16 grandchildren, Jennifer Swinehart, Brent Hulbert, Scott, Mark & Angie Kipp, Chad & Matt Lyke, & Step Grandson James Lyke, Ethan, Emily and Mitch Novotny, Allison, Ben & Taylor Novotny, Brandi & Megan Novotny , and 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lorraine Foley of Waterloo; friend of the family, Shelly Bohr of Cresco.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald in 1999; son, Kenny in 2003.

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