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Shirley Novak

Shirley Joan Novak (Banta)

Tuesday, May 17th, 1932 - Saturday, January 16th, 2021
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Sparta Twp., NJ: Shirley Joan Novak(nee Banta), 88 years old, passed away peacefully at Newton Medical Center in Newton on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Born to Samuel and Mildred Banta in Franklin, NJ, she has been a longtime resident of Franklin, NJ and Sparta Twp., NJ.

Shirley, a graduate of Franklin High School, worked as a clerk at the Franklin Shop Rite and worked as a cafeteria worker at Franklin School before retiring. She was a Lifetime member of the Franklin American Legion Post # 132 Ladies Auxiliary and was a longtime member of the Franklin First Presbyterian Church and sang in the church choir. Shirley took great joy in playing Bingo, reading and caring for her dog.

Shirley is predeceased by her husband, George E. Novak, Sr.(1996) and her son, George E. Novak, Jr.(1982) and is the devoted mother of Joseph Novak of Center Harbor, NH and Diane Decker of Bushkill, PA.

Graveside services under the direction of F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ will be Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM at North Hardyston Cemetery, Hardyston Twp., NJ.
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    Thursday, January 21st, 2021 | 10:30am
    Thursday, January 21st, 2021 10:30am
    North Hardyston Cemetery
    Route 94
    Hardyston Township, NJ
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    ***Due to government restrictions, social distancing and face covering regulations are in effect.***
    Rev. Stephen Vogt
  • Interment

    North Hardyston Cemetery
    Route 94
    HAMBURG, NJ 07419
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Private Condolence

Gilbert Snyder

Posted at 03:40pm
My condolences to the Novak family, may she RIP.

Kristi Novak

Posted at 12:41pm
I feel like a piece of me is missing
Now that you’re gone,
My Mommom, my family, you’ve been for so long.

The memories of my visits
Those summers we’d come back east,
I loved when I got to visit your house,
You and Poppop had the best treats.

As I grew older we would talk about the past,
And you would share memories of my dad,
I listened intently with a smile and a tear
As I knew these moments couldn’t forever last.

I’ve never known a life
Where you are no longer present,
So it’s a tough concept to grasp
And even tougher to accept.

So then I started thinking
How beautiful life is,
How bittersweet, how powerful,
A memory truly is.

Memories can last forever
As long as there are people to share them with,
So Mommom you will live on forever,
Through me and through my kids.

No matter what we believe happens
When a person passes on,
When a person was believed in while alive,
They will live forever on.

So Mommom, thank you for the memories, the smiles and the tears,
I will carry you with me forever,
Through all my beautiful years.

Julie Raffety

Posted at 01:20pm
First Presbyterian Church mourns the loss of Shirley, a longtime member of our church. At the same time, we rejoice as she joins the church triumphant. Praying prayers of comfort and peace for her family and friends. May the Holy Spirit uplift you during this difficult time. - Rev. Julie Raffety (First Presbyterian Church of Franklin) & Congregation

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