Rita (Clark) Novak


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Dexter - Rita (Clark) Novak, 90, passed away November 8, 2018 at her daughter's home in Winthrop. She was born December 30, 1927 in Dexter, a daughter of Jack and Celeste (Mountain) Clark.
Rita grew up in Dexter and graduated from N. H. Fay High School, class of 1946. Following graduation she moved to the Washington, D.C. area where she married William R. Novak, raised her family and had a successful career at the Department of Agriculture. After retiring, they returned to Dexter, enjoying time spent with family and friends on Lake Wassookeag, playing golf and wintering in the south.
Rita was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, and siblings, John Clark and Edith Clark.
She is survived by her son, John A. Novak and wife, Bobbi, of Conway, SC; daughter, Catherine Anne Spaulding of Winthrop; son, William R. Novak Jr. and wife, Trayee, of Newport; son, David Novak and wife, Kathryn, of Glenwood, MD; granddaughters, Leanne Novak, Valerie Novak, and husband, Michael Hottinger, Allison Novak, Melissa Novak, Nastassja Curtis, Brittney Novak Johnson and husband, Jared; grandsons, John Novak Jr. and wife, Shelley, David Spaulding and wife, Mikee, Joseph Spaulding and partner, Megan Ploof, Hunter Novak and Natasha Bickford, Zackary Novak and wife, Katherine. Rita was also blessed with many great-grandchildren.
A mass to celebrate Rita's life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 16, at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Free Street, Dexter. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to Hospice of Maine, 42 Cedar Street, Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
Published on November 14, 2018
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