Carol Novorita was a great wife, mother and grandmother who was always there for her family.
“She was there when they needed her and even when they didn’t,” daughter-in-law Lorrie Novorita said.
She was a compassionate person during times of sorrow.
“She would cry with them,” Lorrie Novorita said. “She would laugh with them. She was a very loving and nurturing person.”
Warm and friendly, Novorita, 72, of Merrillville, had a beautiful smile and dimples, Lorrie Novorita said.
Married 52 years, Novorita met Robert, who survives, at Harbor Motors in East Chicago where he was a mechanic and she worked in the office. The couple raised three sons and had six grandchildren.
Novorita worked at Gary National Bank in the property management department, where she was in charge of coordinating tenant leases and scheduling maintenance.
“She loved her job and enjoyed being around her co-workers,” her daughter-in-law said.
Novorita liked boating and going to the beach with her family and five sisters, with whom she was extremely close. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and baking, especially for her grandchildren.
“Each had their own special thing grandma would make for them, cookies or brownies.” Lorrie Novorita said. “She always had a bag for each one with their name on it. She was a really sweet woman.”
An active parishioner at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, as an RCIA member, she sponsored people joining the church. On the “God Squad,” Novorita helped keep the church grounds and building clean. She was also active in the women’s club and helped with church festivals.
Novorita’s family will miss talking to her, sharing stories and having her around for the holiday parties she would organize.
“Thanksgiving was always at grandma’s house,” Lorrie Novorita said. “The holidays and parties won’t be the same without grandma.”