Arlene Dee Wicklein Novak of Little Rock passed away on July 10, 2018, at the age of 74. Arlene was born October 2, 1943 to Christine and Archie Wicklein in St. Louis, Missouri.
She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Little Rock. Her childhood was spent in St. Louis where she attended Mason Grade School and formed lifelong friendships. Following graduation from Southwest High School, Arlene attended the University of Missouri. She married the love of her life, Jack. They first resided in Alexandria, Louisiana prior to moving to Houston, Texas where they spent six years. Arlene was an avid reader, history buff and loyal friend. She enjoyed trips to Coury House at Subiaco Abbey and weekends in Eureka Springs. Arlene was an amazing grandmother who was very proud of her grandchildren. She was the definition of selflessness and demonstrated a ''Pay It Forward'' mentality. She provided Sunday dinners for her daughter- in-law's parents and looked forward to Sunday night conversations with Bev. Arlene enjoyed working at Easter Seals of Arkansas for the last twenty-one years. Arlene was a blessing to her family and friends' lives. She was a generous, caring spirit who will be greatly missed by this world.
Arlene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Kristin Bloemke (David) of Fayetteville and Kurt Novak (Johnna) of Little Rock; grandchildren, Jack Novak, Maddie Bloemke, Harrison Bloemke, Kate Bloemke and Jack Thomas; brother, Phillip Wicklein; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Edward Wicklein; and late husband, Jack Frank Novak.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church presided over by Father Warren Harvey. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Arlene's life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Carmelite Nuns of Little Rock. Carmel of St. Teresa of Jesus, 7201 West 32nd Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204