Martha Antoinette (Rafalowski) Novicki, 93, of Orange, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, surrounded by her beloved family and her devoted caregiver, Teresa Gumkowski.
Martha was born in Ridgeway, Pennsylvania, on November 14, 1919, daughter of Felix and Gladys Rafalowski.
She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Villa Maria College in Erie, Pennsylvania. She went on to work as a social worker in Toledo, Ohio, until her marriage to Dr. Thaddeus Joseph Novicki of New Haven, Connecticut, her husband of 51 years. She was a resident of Orange for 63 years.
She was past President of the Holy Infant Women’s Guild, and the Mothers’ Club of Notre Dame High School in West Haven. She was also a volunteer in the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven.
Martha is predeceased by her parents, Felix and Gladys, and her husband Thaddeus, as well as her brothers, John, Father Leonard, and Ignatius Rafalowski, and her sister, Virginia Bednarski.
She was the much-loved mother of Drs. David and Robert Novicki, both of Orange, Ct, Margaret Novicki of New York City, and Terese Ceruzzi of Southport, Ct. She was the beloved mother-in-law of Lynn Novicki, Eileen Novicki, Louis Ceruzzi and Amadou Ndiaye. She was deeply loved by her seven grandchildren, Theodore, Alexander, Nicholas, and Charles Novicki; Gabrielle and James Ceruzzi; and Thomas Ndiaye, and three great grandchildren, Jackson, Blake and Benjamin.
She is survived by her dear brother-in-law, Henry Novicki of Middletown, and her sisters-in-law, Elinor and Gloria Novicki, and Dorothy Rafalowski.
What family and friends will remember most about Martha was the love, care and generosity that she showered on all. Her strong faith and example of a true Christian inspired everyone she met.
Her family would like to thank Vitas Innovative Hospice Care for their loving support to Martha and to all of us.
Friends and family may call on Friday, April 19 from 8:30-10 am at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, 06460.
A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11am at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, Ct. 06477. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Martha Novicki’s name to the Diocese of Kitwit, c/o Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT 06477, or to Notre Dame High School Scholarship Fund, 24 Ricardo Street, West Haven, CT 06516.
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