Louis Jerome "Louie" Novotny, 88, Cannon Falls, died in the comfort of his loving family on Tuesday afternoon, October 30, 2012 at Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls.
Born on January 13, 1924 in Conway, ND, he was the son of Louis Sr. and Sophie (Luzum) Novotny. He married Verneal K. Roden on July 20, 1944 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Osseo, MN. Louie worked as a truck driver, retiring in 1986 from K. W. McKee, transporting Ford Motor Co. vehicles. He also worked for Wylie Trucking, Chatfield Trucking, and as a boiler operator for New Brighton Pole Yards. A Teamster Union member throughout his driving career, he earned 24 consecutive years of Accident Free Driving Merit Awards.
Louie and his family farmed 240 acres in Cannon Falls (off Clark Valley Road) from 1960-1978. He was a longtime member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Anoka and St. Pius V Catholic Church in Cannon Falls. He was active as an usher and in the Knights of Columbus. He loved polka dancing, and he and Verneal were members of Polka Lovers Klub of America. They wintered at Venture Out Retirement Community in Mesa, AZ and traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad.
Louie is survived by his children, Richard (Cheryl) Novotny of Evansville, Raymond Novotny of St. Anthony, Donald "Greg" (Sarah) Novotny of Cannon Falls, Kathleen (Harry) Thompson of Maple Grove, Mary Jo (Clyde) Meadows of Thornton, CO, Patricia (Dave) Thurmes of Hastings, Lawrence "Bobby" (Traci Sandstrom) Novotny of Hampton, Gerald "Jerry" Novotny of Cannon Falls, Daniel (Michelle) Novotny of Cannon Falls and Carol "Susie" (John) Yoakum of San Antonio, TX; 32 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Pederson of Grand Forks, ND; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Sr. and Sophie; his wife Verneal of nearly 67 years on June 6, 2011; sons, Michael and Jerome "Joe"; two infant daughters; siblings, Amelia Bushaw, Adolph, Lester and Harold Novotny; and son-in-law, James Zimmerman Jr.
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, November 3 at at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Cannon Falls, with Father Leonard Siebenaler officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were grandsons, Cary Novotny, Gabriel Novotny, Ben Zimmerman, Jacob Meadows, Derek Thurmes, Nick Novotny, Brett Novotny and Brian Novotny.
Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls.