Melba L. Novak, 95, of Elkhart Lake, WI passed away early Sunday morning February 14, 2016 at Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.

She was born on November 12, 1920 in Commonwealth, WI, daughter of the late Frank A. and Anna E. (Barta) Novak.

She graduated from Florence High School and attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Melba taught music at Florence schools, music and history at Elkhart Lake schools and music at Prentice and Waupun schools. Her students remembered her wonderful teaching years with many cards, letters and visits long after her retirement.

She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Florence, WI.

Melba had many stories and had a very detailed memory for stories, names and dates. She loved music and taught piano. She was always kidding around with those she cherished and loved.

Survivors include: 4 nephews and 2 nieces; many great nieces and nephews; and her special friend for many years: Rosemarie Lauer of Elkhart Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister: Alma Rudstrom; three brothers: Donald F., Raymond E. and Frank J. Novak.

Following Melba’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth, WI. Rev. Deborah Tyler, Pastor of Community United Church of Christ in Elkhart Lake will officiate.

Visitation will be at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth, WI, from 4:00 on Thursday (Feb. 18) until the time of services. Inurnment will be in Commonwealth

Cemetery in Florence, WI.

A memorial service will be held in May of 2016 in Florence, WI.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Melba’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

Special thanks to the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice Staff for all your care and compassion given to Melba.

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