Steve Novicki

DIXON – Steve Novicki, 79, of Dixon, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Mendota Community Hospital.

Born May 2, 1934, in Chicago, Steve was raised at the former Dixon State School as an orphan, and later worked at various local businesses, often holding several jobs at once. Steve endured much hardship, yet always had a loving smile and quick joke to remind us of life’s simple pleasures.

At age 73, Steve joined Project VITAL at Sauk Valley Community College to learn how to read. His friends write: “With the help of his volunteer tutor, Patricia Lewis, he showed us it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Although he departs with no known family, he leaves his friends with full hearts and an inspiration to overcome life’s obstacles. Rest in peace, good friend. We miss you.”

A memorial service will be at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at Stonecroft Village, 1700 Burlington St., Mendota, to celebrate Steve’s life, with the Rev. Tom Otto officiating. Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to CASA Children’s Advocacy of Dixon and Project VITAL at Sauk Valley Community College.