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Carolyn Lee Novak

August 26, 2022 | 15 comments

After a long courageous bout with cancer, Carolyn lost her battle on Wednesday,  August 24, 2022 to go to her heavenly home.

Carolyn was born on February 5, 1954,  the fourth of seven children in the McCarty family.  Carolyn graduated from Onalaska High School in 1972,  would later attend Western Wisconsin College.

Carolyn married the love of her life, Andrew Novak, on November 24, 1973.  Together they raised four children, Daniel,  Lisa, Steven and Michael.

Carolyn worked at various positions,  with the most recent being NMT until her retirement in 2018.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years,  Andrew, all of her children and their spouses,  and  grandchildren  Drew,  Liam and Kinsley.  Other survivors are  3 sisters, 2 brothers and their spouses,  as well as
numerous cousins, aunts, and friends.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, Olin and Catherine McCarty,  brother Charles, brother in law Jon Weber,  her mother in law, Fern Novak,  father in law Andrew Novak, her sisters in law Margarite,
Rosemary,  Patricia,  Carla and their spouses,  as well as her maternal and paternal grandparents.

A celebration of  Carolyn’s life will be held on Saturday, August 27,  at the Coulee Region Cremation group.  Visitation will be from 10 AM to 11 AM,  followed by a memorial service.

The family would like to thank the Oncology staff at Gundersen, the wonderful caring people at St. Crois Hospice, and the caring staff at Coulee Region Cremation Group.  Thanks also to all of the loving care
and concern from family and friends alike.



  1. Deb Sage, Drexler

    My condolences to Andrew, Daniel, Lisa and Michael and their children. Your loss is painful, but the memories your beautiful wife, mom and Grandma will forever remain in your heart, as She is already their. Take care of each other and love each other like You Mom loved you.

    • Lavonia (Moni) McCarty

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Deb. Your words if comfort to her family are greatly appreciated. The end came quickly after a long battle, catching us unaware. I think the holidats are going to be hard for the Novak family.

  2. John Neitzel

    Carolyn always had a smile for everyone and we are better for having known her. May choirs of angels greet her.

    • Lavonia Mc Carty

      Thanks John. I’ll always remember you, Debbie, & Carolyn biking back & forth when you were in high school. You were a good friend to her.
      We rejoice in the knowledge that her diseased body is gone & her spirit now abides with Jesus. But we still miss her.

  3. Roger and Carol Wick

    Sorry for your loss. Carolyn will always be in your hearts and memories.

    • Lavonia Mc Carty

      Thank you for the condolence. It would have been great to see you, but with things as they are, I totally understand. Blessings on you both. Moni

  4. Connie & Brian Lee

    You fought til the end Carolyn. May you Rest In Peace💕

    • Lavonia McCarty

      Thanks for your support & words of comfort at this difficult time. You’ve always been a comfort to Jean’s family. Moni

  5. Ellen Barum

    Your brave battle is over. Your smile, warmth and love remain in our hearts. I love you, and miss you. Sending peace to your family. – Cuz Ellen

    • Lavonia Mc Carty

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Ellen. Your words if comfort to us and are greatly appreciated. The end came quickly after a long battle, catching us unaware. I think the holidays are going to be hard for the Novak family. Love you, too!

  6. Molly

    Carolyn was a blessing to every one that knew her.
    She was truly an inspiration in all the areas of her life.
    Whether it was with her cooking, art, crafts, making new friends and especially her faith – she was the best.
    I found out that one is never too old to make new friends.
    Fortunately for me it was Carolyn.

    Love and Prayers . . .

    • Lavonia Mc Carty

      Thank you for your kind words, Molly. I’m glad Carolyn introduced us to one another. She thought so much of you, and enjoyed your friendship. She shared many stories about you in regards to cooking, art, crafts, & being able to talk about her faith with you. You brightened up her life! Moni

  7. Christina Sonsalla

    I am just seeing this now. Carolyn and I found each other on Facebook. I will miss her baking and floral arrangements and art. I am so sorry for your loss. Fly high beautiful lady. You are so missed and I never dreamed I would find you here in the obits.

    • Lavonia Mc Carty

      Thank you for you lovely comments, Christina. Carolyn did love her baking & crafts. It pleased her to no end to find someone to share her creations with.
      Her sister, Moni McCarty

  8. Balorie Miller

    Remembering her sweet spirit. Her love of people. Her love for Jesus. Pray the wonderful memories help you at this time and in the times to come. She will be greatly missed by many many of us.

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