Melba L. Novak, 95, of Elkart Lake, passed away early Sunday morning, February 14, 2016, at Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls. She was born November 12, 1920, in Commonwealth, Wis., daughter of the late Frank A. and Anna E. (Barta) Novak. Melba graduated from Florence High School and attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She taught music at Florence Schools, music and history at Elkhart Lake Schools and music at Prentice and Waupun Schools. Her students remembered her wonderful teaching years with many cards, letters and visits long after her retirement. Melba was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Florence. She had many stories and had a very detailed memory for stories, names and dates. Melba loved music and taught piano. She was always kidding around with those she cherished and loved. She is survived by, 4 nephews and 2 nieces, many great nieces and nephews and her special friend for many years: Rosemarie Lauer of Elkhart Lake. Melba was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Alma Rudstrom; three brothers, Donald F., Raymond E. and Frank J. Novak. A memorial service will be held in May of 2016, in Florence, Wis. A memorial fund is being established in Melba’s name. You may light a candle in remembrance of Melba or leave a condolence for her family online at The family has chosen the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home, Florence to honor Vivian’s legacy of life.

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