Vallie Novotny joined her Lord Savior on May 3, 2022 while she was sleeping peacefully at home with her beloved dogs Vinnie and Shae at her side. She was born May 11, 1933 to Evelyn and Archie Klopman in Kosciusko, Mississippi. As a young girl she picked cotton for Mr. Yarborough which she described as fun at the time. She also worked at the theatre as a ticket usher as a young girl. She graduated from Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi in 1951 and then moved to Casper, Wyoming.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Petroleum Information where she met the “love of her life”, Gene Novotny. They opened the Auto Hospital together and she was the bookkeeper for the business, as well as a stay-at-home mom. They were married on November 3, 1956 and were married for 57 years prior to Gene passing away.
Vallie and Gene had three children; Vince, Velvet and Vanessa. Words cannot begin to describe Vallie. She was the type of person that you were blessed if she was part of your life. She loved being a stay-at-home mom and made all meals from scratch (no prepared meals for her family). She always made a home-made dessert with every dinner. She was “pure grace”, always kind to everyone she met, loved all animals, never judged anyone she met, and always encouraging no matter how dismal the circumstances. Vallie did not feel the need for material objects and took great delight in the simple things in life. She was someone that you immediately felt comfortable with no matter who you were.
She and Gene shared a love that you only see in the movies. There was always laughter when you were in their presence. She loved Gene so much that even after he passed away she continued to write him love letters daily, beginning with “Hello Sweetheart” and told him about her day and that she couldn’t wait to see him again. Those of us left here can only hope to share that great of a love with someone that Gene and Vallie shared.
Vallie had a deep belief in God and knew that she would see all of her loved ones again in heaven. She felt God had a purpose for everyone and that he alone decided when it was your time to come home. She was not afraid of dying because she knew earth was temporary and heaven was eternity. She read her bible daily and left everything in God’s hands.
She loved her family deeply; sisters, brother, son, daughters and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her children and grandchildren have nothing but wonderful memories of her that will bring a smile to their face every time they think of her.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband, her brother and son, Vince.
She is survived by her two sisters-Dot and Evelyn, her two daughters Velvet Hiser (Wes) and Vanessa Myrstol, her grandchildren Shadron Petersen (Katie), Bronson Myrstol, Blake Myrstol, Chandler Hiser (Conner), Sierra Hiser, Gentry Hiser, great grandchildren; Nico and Maxwell Petersen and numerous nieces and nephews whom loved her dearly.
At her request she only wanted graveside services and these will be held at Highland Park Cemetery on May 13, 2022 at 10 a.m. Donations may be made to the Humane Society in her name.
Vallie is now free to be with her Lord Savior and the love of her life Gene and her other loved ones who have passed on. We can’t wait to see her again and thank her for all of the wonderful memories and the unconditional love that she gave and instilled in everyone who was ever in this beautiful lady’s presence.
Arrangements are under the care of Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave, Casper, WY 82601.
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