Marija Novak

September 1, 1940 – January 24, 2019

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Marija Novak (née Papa) on January 24, 2019 in Oshawa at the age of 78. Cherished wife of 51 years to Ivan (predeceased in 2018). Loving mom to Darlene (Ray Wiggers). Loving step-mother to John, Anne (predeceased) (Milivoj), and Mary (Branko). Cherished grandmother (Ta) to Kristina (Adam) and Danielle (Matthew). Also, lovingly known as Teta Marica to her step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Loving sister to Anica (predeceased by Marjan) of Slovenia. Predeceased by her first husband Ivan Pavlešič, and newborn son Franc. Also predeceased by her brothers Ivan (Slavica), Franz (Marlene), and Mirko. Also, lovingly known as Teta/Strina Marica to her niece and nephews. Proud employee of Chrysler Canada for nearly 30 years.


Visitation will be held at DeStefano Funeral Home, 1289 Keith Ross Drive, Oshawa (south side of Taunton Road, east of Thornton Road by the Oshawa Airport) 905-440-3595 on Wednesday, January 30th from 3 – 5 and 7 – 9 p.m with prayers at 8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary of the People Catholic Church (570 Marion Ave., Oshawa) on Thursday, January 31st at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada will be greatly appreciated.  Memories may be shared at