Leota Mae Novotny, 81, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Leota’s Celebration of Life gathering was on Jan. 11 at the Avacentre at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. A private family inurnment will be at a later date in Czech National Cemetery.
Leota was born Jan. 9, 1932, in Garrison, the daughter of Harry and Viola (Banse) Flickinger. She attended Garrison High School. Leota was united in marriage to Raymond Novotny on Sept. 11, 1950, in Solon. They raised four children Linda, Teresa, David and Lora. They were later divorced.
Leota’s working career included nursing care and bridge construction on the I-380 Waterloo corridor. She completed her bucket list by sky diving in Kansas.
Leota is survived by her children Linda (Frank) Van Etten of Center Point, Teresa Novotny of Cedar Rapids, David (Judy) Novotny of Solon and Lora (Mike) Raymon of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; four sisters Marcella Wheeler of Iowa City, Frances Carlton of Cedar Rapids, Beverly (Rudy) Lovitt of Cedar Rapids and Margy Wood of Mount Vernon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a great-grandson, her sisters Mardean Flickinger and Maxine Beranek, and a brother Harley Flickinger.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.