Jean LaRue Novak (Trotter), 86, of Old Forge, died peacefully on March 15.
Jean was raised in Pittston by her loving grandparents, Myrtle and John Trotter after the passing of her mother, Thelma Trotter when Jean was just four years old. Jean's beloved husband David preceded her in death in 2016. They met at Pops Roller Skating Rink in Avoca and celebrated 60 years of marriage together. Jean lived in Old Forge for 57 years and was employed by Rohr Lingerie, and as an early morning baker for Price Chopper in Dunmore and West Scranton for many years.
Jean always brought her joy, enthusiasm and commitment to volunteering in her community, serving as a Cub Scout den leader and chairing committees for the Old Forge PTA and other organizations.
In addition to her family, Jean adored children and would always have a coloring book, crayons or a small toy for any child that stopped by the house with their parents. Over the years, her kindness resonated with many children in the neighborhood who as grown-ups still remember "Jeannie" or Mrs. Novak, as someone special.
During the warmer months, Jean was a neighborhood fixture spending early evenings sitting on the front porch, always ready to share a friendly wave, a smile or a few kind words as friends and neighbors passed by on their evening strolls.
After converting to Catholicism when she married, Jean was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Ann's Basilica, participating in the annual novena to St. Ann for over 40 years.
For the past 5 years, Jean has been lovingly cared for at Riverside Healthcare in Taylor. Her family gratefully thanks the nurses and staff for showing Jean a deep level of compassion and kindness as her Alzheimer's disease progressed.
Jean is survived by her son, David, and her daughter-in-law, Helen of Franklin, Massachusetts and her grandson, Nicholas of Brooklyn, New York.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, PA. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ann's Basilica. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. A celebration of life will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Jean's memory to the Alzheimer Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Notes and cards can be sent to the Jean Novak Family, c/o Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, PA 18517
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