Jody Elizabeth Novotny (nee Neri), of San Diego, California, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019 at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego after a short illness.
Jody was born to parents Shirley and Anthony Neri on May 23, 1951 in Lorain, where she grew up the middle of five children and attended Clearview High School. Jody married Jeff Novotny in 1976 and the couple raised three children.
Beginning in 1977, they made the first of several relocations due to job opportunities, first to Cincinnati, then to Canton, Chicago, Illinois and San Diego, the latter becoming their permanent home in 1986.
In addition to her role as wife and mother, Jody held several positions with banks during a span of 25 years, including Lorain National Bank, Lorain and Bank of America, San Diego, California. She also had a successful career with Mitchell 1 Automotive Repair Information, Poway, California, commencing in 1995, retiring from her position as Sales Manager in 2013.
Jody's greatest love was her family, with whom she enjoyed many activities such as movies, music, musicals and following her hometown Cleveland Indians. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker, having a special touch with decorating at holiday times. Jody's personal hobbies and loves included gardening, reading, casual fashion and passionately tracking current events related to social, economic and environmental justice.
Jody is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Novotny; daughters, Dana (John) Rivers and Lisa Novotny; son, Adam Novotny; grandson, Malik; granddaughter, Maya; sisters, Toni (Lionel) Lavoie, Gina (John) Horinger and Briggitte (Dave) Rand; brother, Michael Neri; aunts, Sandra (Tom) Wilmer and Margaret (Ralph) Cordoba; 10 nieces and grandnieces and 15 nephews and grandnephews.
Jody was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony Neri and Shirley (nee Miller) Neri; brother-in-law, Lionel Lavoie and niece, Kimberly Neri.
The family will receive friends at El Camino Sorrento Valley Chapel, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, California, (858) 453-2121 on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 from 2 to 6 P.M. and for a celebration of Jody's life on Sunday, January 20th, 2019 from 10:30 A.M. to 12 Noon, followed by a reception from 12 Noon until 1:30 P.M.
Memorial donations may be made in Jody's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: www.stjude.org/donate