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James Novotny

August 26, 1936 — March 3, 2022

James Novotny

James Novotny Sr., 85, of Charlevoix, passed away on March 3, 2022, at home.

James was born on August 26, 1936 in Charlevoix, the son of Anthony and Frieda (Vanderhagen) Novotny.

He was married to Catherine on August 6 1976, and they went on to have a combined nine children.

James was a man of many skills. He built his own home and designed the trusses on his garage. James loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed camping and gardening. He raced at Elmira Speedway, loved old cars and restoring old boats. James was a skilled mechanic and body repairman for many years. He took direction from his Uncle Chuck Novotny during an apprenticeship at Northern Auto Body Ford where he would go on to work for years. In later years, he operated heavy equipment for the Charlevoix County Road Commission where he would retire from. James worked at the Charlevoix Boat Yard and worked for a flower shop in Grand Rapids.

He is survived by his wife and six children; Kathleen (Timothy) of Charlevoix, Chery (Robert) Ripley of Traverse City, James Novotny Jr. of Charlevoix, Jeffery (Cynthia) of Charlevoix, Victoria Rhine of Fayetteville NC, Pat (Sarah) Rhine of Parkton, NC, eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild.

James is proceeded in death by his parents, 3 children; Lawrence Leon Rhine, Antonio Frank Rhine, George Albert Rhine, 2 brothers, Edward and William Novotny.

Visitation will be held Monday, March 7 from 5pm until 7pm at the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, March 8 at Noon at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Peter Wigton officiating. A luncheon will follow.

Interment will take place in the spring.

Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

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Monday, March 7, 2022

5:00 - 7:00pm (Eastern time)

Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes

209 State St, Charlevoix, MI 49720

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Starts at 12:00pm (Eastern time)

St. Mary Catholic Church (Charlevoix)

1003 Bridge St, Charlevoix, MI 49720

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