Ellen Rose Marie Novak (1924 - 2018)

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On Nov. 16, 2018, a bright light was returned to heaven. Ellen Rose Marie Novak (nee Obscherningkat), 94 years young, passed peacefully in her sleep due to natural causes. 
Ellen was born on Feb. 22, 1924, to Elise (nee Schmidtke) and Ernst Obscherningkat in Berlin, Germany. As a survivor of World War II, she married Louis Charles Novak, an American soldier, and moved to the United States in 1948. She resided for 48 years in Illinois.
After being widowed for 10 years and knowing that she was going to become a great-grandmother, Ellen moved to Evergreen in 1996, so she could be close to her family. She was a resident of Evergreen for 22 years.
Ellen was interested in many hobbies, including bowling and stamp collecting in her earlier years, as well as solving daily crossword puzzles, entertaining friends and family with a warm cup of coffee, and was always an avid reader. Most importantly, she was a wise "Oma" who made friends with anyone due to her kind, caring and genuine nature, and she always had a story to tell. She was loved by many.
Ellen is survived by her daughter Doris Newlun, grandson Richard Newlun, granddaughter Andrea Pallai, and great-grandchildren Taylor Newlun, Joey Bohrer and Charlotte Newlun. 
An intimate family celebration honoring her life will be held on Christmas Day, where her ashes will be scattered in a private meadow so that the elk could "poop" on her, per her wishes. She will be missed dearly but will live on in the hearts of everyone who has met her.
Published in Canyon Courier on Nov. 28, 2018