Robert J. Novotny, 91, died at the Sleepy Eye Care Center on Wednesday, Nov. 21

Robert J. Novotny, 91, died at the Sleepy Eye Care Center on Wednesday, Nov. 21 after a short battle with cancer. A Parish Prayer service at 4 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. Visitation will be on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., and will continue on Tuesday from 9 until 10 a.m., at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. Service will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye at a later date. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice. Bob has donated his body to the University Of Minnesota School Of Medicine, where it will be used for research education and experimentation.

Robert Novotny was born on a farm near New Prague, to Martin and Mary Novotny on Aug. 24, 1927. He attended St. Wensceslaus Catholic Grade School and graduated from New Prague Public School in 1945. After serving in the Army, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota majoring in Agricultural Education and Science. It is here where he met Doris Snyder from International Falls. Doris majored in Music Education. Robert started teaching Vocational Agriculture at Sleepy Eye in 1951 and later taught Junior High Science. His wife, Doris, started a lifelong vocation of giving piano lessons. In 1968 he joined the Berkner Agency in the Farm Sales Division. And later buying the Sleepy Eye office. Bob Novotny enjoyed life; seldom without a smile and friendly greeting. He was always pleasant to associate with. He grew up on a farm, loved the outdoors, and enjoyed a love of all animals. Bob enjoyed hunting, golfing, riding horses and giving hayrides and sleigh rides with horses, swimming, playing cards, ballroom dancing, making homemade wine, bike riding, and family sing-a-longs with his concertina. He had quite a sense of humor. Bob will be missed dearly by family and all those who knew him.

Bob and Doris had five children, Wayne (Jacque) of Sleepy Eye, Martin (Jan) of Willmar, Pat (Lee) Bergstrom of St. Cloud, Carl (deceased), and Barb Zimmerman of Mound. Grandchildren: Jessica (Sean) Couillard, Justin (Mandy) Novotny, Peter Novotny, Ben (Amber)Bergstrom, Jenny (Curt) Morgan, Nick (Angela)Novotny, Courtney (Nate) Naumann, Andrew Novotny, Josie Zimmerman, and Jack Zimmerman; Great-grandchildren: Zoey Novotny, Sullivan Novotny, Hadley Morgan, Rylee Bergstrom, Ian Bergstrom, Clara Couillard, Victor Novotny, Addison Morgan, Ian Bergstrom and baby Couillard due in December. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, his parents, brothers: Emmanuel and Ben Novotny, and son, Carl Novotny.