DIXON – Carol J. Novak, 67, of Dixon, passed away peacefully at 6:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at her home, surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with glioblastoma brain cancer.
In addition to her own family, she touched the lives of more than 300 foster children and countless others in her career over 40 years as a licensed clinical social worker. She worked at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois for many years, working her way up to executive director of Nachusa Lutheran Home. For the past 17 years, she worked at Sinnissippi Centers as clinical supervisor of Child Welfare Services and Parent Support Programming. She coordinated the Youth Garden Program for at-risk youth, which was sponsored by the Gardenstock Art and Music festival.
She lived for many years in Amboy, where she contributed to the community by helping organize and plan the Amboy Lions Club Depot Days Parade and draw down. She was an avid reader (even while driving), a Titanic history buff, a world traveler, and loved to kayak. She was an active member of Franklin Grove Church of the Brethren, serving on the board and as a worship leader. One of her final gifts to the children of her community was a donation to the Dixon Park District to improve the splash pad.
Carol was a beloved wife to her husband, Ken, for 39 years. She was a compassionate mother and stepmother to Michele (Chris) Podkulski, Christine (Bill) Wengelewski, Amanda (Doug) Hicks, Carissa (Kevin) Weller, and Clarence Novak. She loved spending time with and spoiling her nine grandchildren, Nicole, Megan, Brian, Ben, Liam, Austin, Abby, Lily, and Andrew. She has two surviving brothers, Bill (Lisa) and Jack (Kim) Schuh.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lorraine Schuh.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Jones Funeral Home, 204 S. Ottawa Ave., Dixon. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Franklin Grove Church of the Brethren, 121 North St., Franklin Grove. Burial will be at Emmert Cemetery in Franklin Grove, followed by lunch at the church.
In lieu of flowers, Carol would prefer memorial donations to Sinnissippi Centers Foundation for the Youth Garden Program.
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