Martha 'Marcy' (Paetzold) Novak

July 28, 2022


Martha ‘Marcy’ Novak nee Paetzold, age 76, longtime Lombardian, died July 28, 2022 at home.

Martha was the wife of John Novak for 56 years; mother of Kristynn (Mitchell) Dolezal, John (Amy) Novak and Theodore (Megan) Novak; grandma to Alex (Amy), Drew and Tina Dolezal; Maddie, Lindsey, Andie Novak, and Milan and Gemma Novak, great grandma to Cadence Dolezal; sister of Bill (Donna) Paetzold, the late Elizabeth Bullis and the late Michael Paetzold; and relative and friend to many.

Marcy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College (Magna cum Laude) and her Master in Education from National Louis University.  She was certified as a National Board Teacher (NBPTS) and Illinois Master Teacher. 

Marcy taught at Pleasant Lane Elementary School for over 20 years.  She authored ‘A Children’s History of Lombard Illinois’, published by Lombard District 44.

Passionate about science, Marcy taught annual workshops at NASA Space Academy in Houston, teaching other teachers how to incorporate space into classrooms at the Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC).

Marcy was Lombard Woman of the Year in 1979.  She was an active School Board Member.  She received the Illinois State Board of Education Award for Education Excellence in 1982. 

Over the years, Marcy was a member of the Lombard Service League, Lombard Historical Commission, Delta Kappa Gamma, AAUW, and National Education Association.

Marcy was an artist, painting oils of Lilacia Park and other beautiful scenery.  She adored her art and her gardening, with both flowers and vegetables allowing her to garden year round, including indoor orchids during the winter. She was a member of the Lombard Garden Club.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  Mass will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 114 S. Elizabeth Street, Lombard. Interment private.

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August 4, 2022

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Brust Funeral Home
135 S. Main St.
Lombard, IL 60148

Funeral Mass
August 5, 2022

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
114 S. Elizabeth St.
Lombard, IL 60148

Private Interment

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