Corrine Novak was born on January 6, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois to Luther Watson Boger and Kathleen McSorley Boger. She had two older sisters, Dorothy and Genevieve, and one younger sister, Gladys. She was known to her family and friends as "Babe."
She was born during World War I, helped her family survive the Great Depression by working in the Hanes Hosiery Mill at 13 and, in her 20s, bore witness to the Second World War. She married Felix Novak and, with him, raised two daughters, Judy and Joyce. She was a proud grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was also a loving aunt. I should know, I am her nephew, who was fortunate enough to spend many hours visiting with her, hearing her stories, and basking in her love. As a child, I adored her. As an adult, I coupled my adoration with a deep respect for the manner in which she lived her life. I am so glad I spent so many hours as an adult getting to know her better. I'll remember and love her forever.
Rest well, Auntie Babe