SKANDIA, Mich. - Mildred Dorothy Novinger, age 89, of 137 Townline Road, Skandia, entered eternal life Tuesday evening, September 11, 2012, at home.
Born January 13, 1923, at the family farm in Burlington, Kansas, Mildred was literally born in a barn, as the family had set up temporary residence there until their home could be completed. She was raised in Burlington and was a 1941 graduate of the Burlington High School. She attended beauty school in Topeka, Kansas, and, following the six month program, worked for a time in the Topeka-Burlington area as a beautician.
During World War II, as Mildred put it, preferring to work for the government instead of styling temperamental women's hair, she found employment as a secretary with the federal government. On August 5, 1942, Mildred married Clarence P. "Nobby" Novinger who had just completed his military service. The couple's first home was at Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri, where Clarence was employed with the Army Corps of Engineers and later the National Park Service. The couple resided in several locations throughout the years, in Kansas City, Missouri, Shawnee, Kansas, Alexandria, Virginia, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Chesterton, Indiana, Lebanon, New Hampshire, Munising, Michigan, and Frankfurt, Michigan, with Mildred working 21 months with the Treasury Department in Kansas City, Missouri, before beginning employment with the National Park Service. Nobby retired in 1980 and the couple moved to Marquette in 1982.
Mildred D. Novinger
For over 50 years, Nobby had been actively involved in volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and he continued his assistance locally, spending 18 summers at Camp Hiawatha near Munising. Mildred, also, volunteered; spending 13 summers at scout camp and together the couple donated two cabins and other money to the improvement of the camp. In her leisure, Mildred enjoyed braiding wool rugs, a skill she acquired while living in Alexandria, Virginia, and playing the piano and organ at the catholic churches she attended in the various places they resided. Both she and Nobby, through their work with the Scouts, made many lasting friendships and touched the lives of many of the scouts. Mildred was a member of St. Louis the King Catholic Church, Harvey, the Red Hat Society, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).
Survivors include two daughters, Maureen (Bruce) Ward of Skandia and Anna May (Chris) Ghaly of Coppell, TX; two sons, Patrick (Marlene) Novinger of Spartanburg, SC and Kevin (Marijo) Novinger of Michigan City, IN; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jean Townsend in Louisiana; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 2001; her sister and brother-in-law, Josie and Lawrence Madden; and brothers, Cecil Townsend and William "Bud" Townsend.
The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey on Monday, September 17, beginning at 10:00 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am with Rev. John Boyle as celebrant. A reception will follow in Fr. Gauthier Hall. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Louis the King Catholic Church Building Fund, 264 Silver Creek Road, Marquette, MI 49855.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com