Arlene Marie Novacek
Dec. 14, 1937-Jan. 19, 2021
Pleasanton – Arlene Marie Novacek (née Czarny), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, passed away on Jan 19, 2021 at the age of 83. Born in the Chicago suburb of Summit, Illinois on Dec 14, 1937, Arlene was raised in the family neighborhood in houses built by her grandfather. She graduated from the Nazareth Academy in 1955 and was hired as a teller at the Bank of Lyons. There she captured the heart of Anthony Novacek and on Nov 28, 1957, they were married in Berwyn, Il and soon started a family. In 1961, to the shock and sadness of the family, they moved to Southern California where Tony could pursue more career opportunities in banking. Busy raising four children, Arlene and Tony enjoyed the fun and the sun of Southern California. More career changes came in 1971 and the family moved north to Pleasanton California, where Arlene lived for the next fifty years. Arlene volunteered at the hospital, led campfire girls, and in 1973 went back into banking. Hired by Bank of America in their purchasing department, Arlene was a hardworking employee and deeply appreciated by the bank. She held several important positions, made many friends and truly loved her work which she did for 25 years.
She will be deeply missed by family and friends who knew her as decisive, direct, sensible, reliable, a puzzle solver, mystery reader and cheerleader. A great cook and hostess, an intelligent sense of humor, highly moral and most of all strong.
Arlene’s greatest joy came from her loving family. Arlene is preceded in death by her parents Rose and Dick Horn, and her sister Dorothy Meger. She is survived by her four children Laura Young (Chris), Gregory Novacek (Joanie), Catherine Denham, Julia Hill (Stu), seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren and her sister Bonnie Horn.
Arlene now rests next to her beloved Anthony at St. Augustine Cemetery in Pleasanton. For anyone who would like to remember Arlene, we invite donations to the Dominican Sisters of San Jose, www.msjdominicans.org, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont, CA 94539.