Obituary: George James Novotny, 98, of Pentwater.

November 19, 2021

George Novotny

Obituary: George James Novotny, 98, of Pentwater.

George James Novotny, 98, of Pentwater, passed away Friday, November 19, 2021, at his home. He was born July 21, 1923, in Chicago, the son of the late Frank Sr. and Agnes (Chobat) Novotny.

George proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, and was a veteran of World War II. He had also worked as a supervisor with the U.S. Postal Service while in Chicago. George was an avid golfer, and a faithful member at St. Vincent Catholic Church.

George is survived by his daughters, Lynn “Buffy” (Mike) Curtis and Donna (Mark) Ryan; grandchildren, Brad (Joanna) Curtis, Erin (Daniel) Forslund, Sean (Morgan) Ryan, and Ian (MaKenzie Clark) Ryan; great-grandchildren, Emma Curtis, Ewan Curtis, Liam Curtis, Wyatt Forslund, and Hoyt Forslund; and sisters, Dolores Jaehnke and Alice Hoguet. 

On September 28, 1946, George married Shirley (Heinz) Novotny, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Chicago, and she preceded him in death on November 11, 2021, after 75 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Anne (Joseph) Salin, Frank (Virginia) Novotny, Joseph (Ruby) Novotny, Pauline (Martin) Bozik, and Mildred Novotny; and brothers-in-law, Fred Jaehnke and Richard Hoguet.

In accordance with George’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the spring. 

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Vincent Catholic Church, 637 6th Street, Pentwater, MI 49449.

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

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