Obituaries

Nancy L. Novak, 72, went to be with her Lord and Savior the morning of Jan. 28, 2016, at the Lincoln County Hospital in Lincoln, Kan., after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Nancy was the youngest child born to Reynolds H. and B. Marie (Barner) Eck in Jersey Shore, Pa., on Dec. 16, 1943. Nancy was a seamstress for Arrow Shirts while living in Pennsylvania. In 1973 she and her three young girls moved to Kansas and lived in Salina, Lincoln and finally found her home in Lucas. While living in Lucas, Nancy worked at K-18 Café, Linda’s Café, Lucas Nursing Center, Heartland Hay, and Russell Regional Hospital Lucas based ambulance service. Her and her husband offered remodeling to homes under the name of Wowee Grandma! Her greatest and best achievement was being a Mom to her girls and loving on her grandkids. She married longtime Lucas native, John A. Novak on July 25, 1992. Nancy enjoyed creating with plastic canvas and her kids and grandkids were all blessed with her craft projects. And during the spring and summer months you would find Nancy at a local pond fishing. Nancy also had a fondness for Elvis Presley music and movies and has passed it down to her kids and grandkids. Nancy is preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include, husband John of the home; daughters: Cynthia Kotara of Garden City, Rita Sharp (Ray) of Lucas, and Dawn VonLintel (Steve) of Salina; step-son: Michael Novak (Janet) of Redmond, Wash.; grandchildren: Victoria Schultz, Joanie Schultz, Dakota Kotara and Wyatt Eck of Garden City; Raquel Sharp of Wichita; Marie VonLintel, Austin VonLintel and Alex VonLintel all of Salina, Ethan and Sarah Novak of Redmond, Wash.; greatgrandchildren: Aniyah and Andres Perez of Salina; siblings: Mary Dutton (Tom) of Jersey Shore, Pa., Edward Eck of Jersey Shore, Pa., and Joan Willits (Ron) of Linden, Pa.; special friends Beth and Bob Wilson and Linda Jepsen all of Lucas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends. A celebration of Nancy’s life was held at the Lucas United Methodist Church on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 with Pastor Les Rye officiating. Interment was at Lucas Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Nancy Novak Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home. Clark-Gashaw Mortuary of Osborne, Kan., was in charge of arrangements.