In Memory of

Florence

Novek

(Crane)

Obituary for Florence Novek (Crane)

Florence Novek died on March 19, 2024. She was born on April 7, 1924 in Atlantic City to Harry Crane and Sarah (Breitman) Crane. She lived most of her adult life in Atlantic City and Margate, NJ. She graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1942.

She married Martin Novek in 1943 and worked with her husband in businesses at several locations on the Atlantic City boardwalk, including a jewelry and gift shop called Martin Novek of the Boardwalk. She especially enjoyed making window displays.

In the 1960s, Florence was an active member of the NAACP and served a term as president of the PTA of Atlantic City High School. She took classes at the newly established Richard Stockton State College (now Stockton University) and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975.

Florence was an avid writer whose creative work portrayed the lives of immigrants and their first generation American children in the Atlantic City inlet. With the arrival of casinos threatening ethnic neighborhoods, she emphasized their value in presentations at schools, libraries and faith communities around the area, and received funding for this work from the New Jersey Committee on the Humanities.

Florence was a member of several dramatic writing groups, including Players and Playwrights of the Jersey Shore and the Playwrights Gathering workshop at Stockton College. Several of her plays, including “Living by Proverbs,” (for which she wrote songs), “The Music the Money Makes,” and “Lottie,” were performed at local venues such as the Jewish Community Center in Margate, the Viking Theater at Resorts Hotel Casino, and the Dante Hall Arts Center in Atlantic City.

In retirement, she loved to garden and raise herbs and berries in the yard around her house in Margate. She also volunteered in her community and was a lifelong Democrat.

Since 2012, she had been a resident of Seashore Gardens Living Center, where she was known for her love of singing. She told an interviewer there, “Life has so much beauty, so much sweetness, so much return. Life feeds life.”

She is survived by her three daughters, Maxine Jacqmin, Minda Novek, and Eleanor Novek; two granddaughters, Hilary Jacqmin and Laura Jacqmin; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her three siblings, Herbert Crane; Sidney Crane; and Miriam Cohen.

A memorial service in celebration of Florence’s life will be held on Tuesday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at Congregation Shirat Hayam, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor, NJ 08406.

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the General Scholarship Fund through the Stockton University Foundation. You may make a gift online at stockton.edu/give and mark the “in memory of” box. Checks can be made payable to the Stockton University Foundation and mailed to the Stockton University Foundation 101 Vera King Farris Dr. Galloway, NJ 08205. Please indicate that the gift is in memory of Florence Novek on the memo line.