Louis Novotny

louis novotny

Louis Novotny, 82, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November, 14th 2010 at the Palliative Care Unit, Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.

Louis was born May 15, 1928 to Frank and Agnes (Kubas) Novotny. He was raised in Dickinson, N.D. He served in the United States Army for 18 months. Upon returning home, he met and fell in love with Martha Mary Kostelecky, they were united in Marriage on September 29th, 1947. From that union, they had three sons, Raymond, James and Jeffrey. In 1964 the family moved to Fargo, ND. Louis was employed by Dakota Flooring for 33 years, and was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #1176.

Louis enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the lake. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, woodworking, dancing, listening to polka music, and tinkering in his workshop. He had an infectious smile that we will never forget. He enjoyed spending winters in Arizona with his wife Martha. Martha passed away October 7th, 1997.

Louis is survived by his sons; Raymond (Karen), Dickinson, ND, James (Fiancé Barb Doty), Tennessee, and Jeff (Karla) Fargo, ND, one brother; Chuck (Marge) Bismarck, ND, sister, Dixie (Gene), Velva, ND, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, special friend, Arlene Nelson, and many family members in Sanborn, ND.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Agnes, brother, Andy Novotny, sister, Margrete Huschka, wife, Martha, and infant grandson, Benjamin Novotny.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Sanford Health, 2nd Floor South, and to the gentle, wonderful nurses in the Palliative Care Unit. Thank you all for taking such good care of him and his family, words cannot express our gratitude. Peace be with you all.

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  1. albrightsville pa Uncle Louie was one of my favorite uncles. I was so glad I got to see him 2 years ago when my family came in to town for my Mom’s Funeral. Sad how some things bring us together. I was so glad he had a chance to meet my son Travis (broken leg and all) and my fiance Ethel.
    I will remember many good times with Uncle Louie and how he would teach me to fish and the fun times with aunt Martha too.
    My Prayers go out to my cousins and their families. My only regret was we were not able to be there, but my family here sends there prayers to you all.
    I also asked my brother Duane to send our prayers to you all.
    We will miss you Uncle Louie.
    Dennis, Ethel, & Travis

  2. Dickinson North Dakota
    Our prayers are with you all. Even though we had not met Grampa Louis — just the stories and emotional ties he has to Casey & Joette and Ray & Karen, he was a very special person. Keeping those special memories close will bring comfort. Our love to all.

  3. To The Family, Please accept my deepest condolence for the loss of your dear love one. I would like to share some words of comfort from God’s worde the Bible. John 5:28,29 and
    Acts 24:15 assures us that those who have fallen asleep in death have the wonderful hope to live again. Also take comfort in Revelation 21:3,4, where at that time SICKNESS,PAIN,DEATH, MOURNING, and OUTCRY will be things of the past,GONE FOREVER. Please take comfort in these encouraging promises.

  4. Gladstone North Dakota
    Cousins and familes,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Louis, “Red” as we knew him. Our prayers are with you at this time. Our sincerest sympaty.

  5. Bismarck ND
    Sorry to hear about Uncle Louie’s passing. Growing up, I always enjoyed visits with Aunt Martha and Uncle Louie. Humor and smiles were part of who they were. I hadn’t seen Uncle Louie in a while, but think about him and Aunt Martha often. Our prayers are with you…Ray, Jim and Jeff. Take care.

  6. Little Canada MN
    Uncle Louie will be missed. He was one of those people who always had a story to make you smile. I always enjoyed going to Louie and Martha’s – whether it was in Dickinson or Fargo or down at Meadow Lake. Take care cousins and hang on to the memories. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  7. North Branch M.N.Dear Cousins and families ,

    My heart goes out to you all. He and Martha were always a big part of my life growing up.He was so kind to all that ever met him.He was a type of person that would always make one smile as soon as they saw him enter a room.He will be sorely missed.I’m sure Martha and him, my Dad and Mom, and Andy and Mary are eating kolachies and playing one heck of pinnacle game. With my deepest sympathy and love, your cousin, Duane

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