Gene Carol Novak, 81, of Whitney Ave. Hamden, died Friday Dec. 21, 2007 after a brief illness in Yale-New Haven Hospital. Gene was born in Torrington on Dec. 25, 1925, a daughter of the late John and Beatrice Ford Richard. Beloved wife of Edward Novak, she is also survived by her daughter Diane Maturo and son-in-law William Maturo of Cheshire, sister Shirley Jesanis of Wallingford, sister-in-law Mildred Richard of Hamden and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother John Richard. Gene was a life-long Hamden resident and a member of the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church. She loved to sew and was the owner of a dressmaking business with clients across the US. Gene and her husband operated a blueberry farm for many years and were also square dancing enthusiasts. She was an accomplished baker and painter. Gene was devoted to her dog and cats and was a lover of all animals. Funeral Service and Burial will be held Private.

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  1. Dear Diane and Bill, Bob and I want to extend our sincerest sympathy. It’s going to take a long time for the hurt to go away but your memories will always be with you! Remember all the good times. Please remember we are always here . Donna and Bob

  2. Dear Ed and family. Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. We have many, many happy memories of our square dance days and all our get togethers and progressive dinners. Most Sincerely,

  3. Dear Ed, Diane and Bill. Thank you for passing on the information about Gene’s passing. I remember she was such a beautiful woman in all ways. My sympathies to you all.

  4. We were saddened to hear of your Mom’s death. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Love Johanne and Ed

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