Jeannette H. Novack, 88, of Montauk

Jan. 18, 1929 - Sept. 14, 2017
Jeannette H. Novack, Jan. 18, 1929 - Sept. 14, 2017

Jeannette H. Novack of Montauk died in her sleep at home on Sept. 14. Her family attributed her death to cardiopulmonary arrest. She was 88.

Ms. Novack was born in Glendale on Jan. 18, 1929, where she grew up. After earning an associate’s degree from Pace University she went to work for Suffolk County, first for Joseph W. Dooley Sr., who was the chief lifeguard of the county’s Parks Department, then for Suffolk District Court in Hauppauge, and finally for the Suffolk County Health Department, from which she retired.

With her husband, Morton Novack, whom she married in 1958, and their two sons, she lived for many years in East Islip. Mr. Novack died in 1985. Her son Robert Benson Novack also predeceased her.

Mrs. Novack moved year round to Montauk after she retired. She worked there as a waitress and volunteered for the Montauk Food Pantry. Her family said she enjoyed reading, dining out, and spending time with her grandchild.

In addition to her son, Paul Jason Novack of Sag Harbor and Montauk, and a granddaughter, she is survived by two cousins, Selma Rabin and Millie Petroski.

The family received visitors on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 at the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in East Islip, where a funeral Mass was said on Sept. 18. She was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Bay Shore.

Memorial donations have been suggested for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.