Novak, Irene (nee VanZandt), age 98, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 23, 2019.
Survived by her children Ann Marie (Steve) Graber & Jim (Mary Foster) Novak.
Preceded in death by husband Rudolph Novak, daughter Jackie (Ronald) Peacock & son Randy (Sue) Novak.
Cherished grandmother to Craig (Lucy) Peacock, Carol (Jon) Palm, Steven Graber, Bev Sell, Becky (Tom) Garner, Debbie (Tim) McGrew, Amy Geinosky, George Edelen, Randy (Jillian) Novak, Jr., Lori Novak, Christopher (Annie) Novak.
Preceded in death by granddaughter-in-law Barbara Graber and grandson-in-law Bob Sell.
Loving great-grandma to 22 great grandchildren and great-great-grandma to 14 great great grandchildren.
Fond sister to the late Mary, Rita & Robert and dear aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Irene worked as a factory laborer during World War II and then as a homemaker most of her life, doing what she loved most, caring for all of her babies.
She was an avid Bingo winner, clown and penguin collector, slot machine player, blanket crocheter and Golden Girl and Wheel of Fortune watcher. She will be missed by many and loved by all.
Visitation Friday 3-8 p.m. at Lain- Sullivan Funeral Home 50 Westwood Dr. Park Forest, IL
Family and friends will gather on Saturday, for a Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Crete, IL
Interment to follow at Skyline Memorial Park Cemetery, Monee, IL