Annette E. Novak

November 14th, 2019

Annette E. Novak (Fortier), age 90, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2019 at Care One in Wilmington.

Ann was born on October 1, 1929 in South Grafton, MA. She was the dear daughter of the late William and Mary (Bagin) Fortier. Ann grew up in Grafton and was a graduate of Grafton High School. Following graduation Ann went to work for a new startup company called Tupperware. Her direct boss was Earl Tupper, Tupperware’s inventor. She relocated to Kissimmee Florida, Tupperware’s headquarters, and enjoyed this exciting time in her life.

Ann met her sweetheart, Emil Novak, while at a local dance with friends. He became her husband of over 66 years. Together they raised four children; Anne, Jean, Susan, and Michael.

A loving mother and wife, Ann was also an avid reader and enthusiastic gardener (irises and lily of the valley were her favorites). She loved to shop and would later treat her grandchildren to their own birthday shopping days, a memory they hold dear. Ann and Emil also loved to travel, traveling the US as well as Europe and Asia. They were often with their group of life-long friends.

Ann loved spending time with her family and friends. She especially treasured her role as Gramma to her 10 grandchildren, and they treasured her in return. She was happiest at family gatherings, singing at the piano. Singing was her passion and her voice was lovely. She sang in the choir at St. Thomas for over 22 years.

Ann will be remembered for her unconditional love and devotion to her family. She was kind and unassuming with never a negative word, always seeing the best in people. Her presence will be so missed; she will always be in the hearts of her family and friends.

Annette was the beloved wife of Emil L. Novak, beloved mother of Anne Rumizen & husband Mark of Reading, Jean Olson & husband Stephen of Plymouth, Susan Marsh & husband Steve of North Andover, and Mike Novak of Los Angeles, CA. Loving Gramma of Matt, Steve, Katie, Lauren, Jill, Emily, Lynne, Kevin, Grace and Annie. Dear sister of the late Robert Fortier and also the late Adele Dziokonski, her sister-in-law who was the sister she never had.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 23rd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Annette’s life at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “Annette E. Novak”

  1. Wendy Wiberg says:

    Who didn’t love Mrs. Novak? Everyone loved her! She was the definition of a kind and sweet soul. She always made me welcome in her house as Jean and I had many a great time there. Loved her banana bread packed with nuts and chocolate chips. I’ll always remember her telling me that “Life is what you make it.” To her family – I am with you in spirit during this sad time. You were lucky to have such a great mom, as she was all of you.

  2. Nancy Randell Kelley says:

    Jean, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  3. Mike McNamara says:

    Annette – such a happy, smiling, engaging, personality – I danced with you, laughed with you, shared Patsy’s fish chowder with you. Two fun families with many fond memories. And I can’t wait to tell a student that I knew someone who worked for Mr. Tupper – she will be pleased.

  4. Wanda Stalica with family says:

    In Loving Memory of Annette E. Novak,

    You will always live in our hearts and prayers.

  5. Nelson Family says:

    Accept our condolences, many fond memories.

  6. Valerie Farrell Levasseur says:

    Dear Anne, Jean, Susan and Michael. Your Mom was such a delightful lady with such a joyful spirit. So many childhood memories. Playing in the sandbox with Tupperware on State Street. Planting Lily of the valley on Kenwood Ave. Listening to Carol Kings, Tapestry 8 track…. May your Mom, my Godmother, Rest In Peace.

  7. Vinciguerra family says:

    Sorry for your loss. The Vinciguerra family is keeping your whole family in our prayers.

  8. Heidi Hastings says:

    To Mike, Jean, Anne, & Susan – it’s a very sad thing to lose a parent – esp. a wonderful mom! Sending heartfelt sympathy and caring thoughts to you all in this sad & difficult time. Hold on to all the precious, great, happy memories! Love, Heidi & Gary

  9. Donna Marie Everett says:

    Dear Novak Family- I am sending this message from both “Ms.Jeanne” and me. What a wonderful story you wrote and I read it to my Mom. Such a special lady and she will surely be missed. You are all in our hearts and prayers.

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