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Nova Mrad

Nova Lee Mrad (Reece)

Wednesday, November 3rd, 1948 - Sunday, February 16th, 2020
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Obituary

On Sunday, February 16, 2020, Nova Lee Reece Mrad of Rogersville, MO, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at the age of 71. Nova was born on November 3, 1948 (the day Truman was elected, as she liked to say) in St. Louis, MO, to Norvel and Marjorie Reece. She received her education degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her Master’s degree from Missouri State University. Nova enjoyed a teaching career that spanned forty years, the last half of that, at her beloved Central High School. She was happily married for over 52 years to David F. Mrad, and together they raised two children, Dawn and David.

Nova was absolutely passionate about teaching and cared deeply for all her students. She was an avid gardener and an accomplished and adventurous cook. Nova was an admirer of the often overlooked art of girls’ needlework, especially that seen in antique samplers. She enthusiastically pursued genealogy and left her family with an amazing account of their history. She used that knowledge to become a proud member of the DAR (Rachael Donaldson Chapter). What Nova loved most, though, was her family. Never has there been a grandmother more proud of her grandchildren.

Nova was preceded in death by her father, Norvel Reece, and her mother, Marjorie. She is survived by her husband, David, her two children, Dawn and David, her daughter-in-law, Aaron, her three grandchildren, Shane, Nathaniel, and Elizabeth, and her sister, Rebecca.

Her family want to express their appreciation to Intrepid Hospice and her nurse, Daisy McClanahan, for the loving care they provided in her final days.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home: 500 E. Walnut Street Springfield, MO. A Daughters of the American Revolution service will start
at 6:45 pm.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am, Friday, February 21, 2020 at St. Agnes Cathedral: 533 S. Jefferson Springfield, MO, with Msgr. Thomas Reidy, celebrant. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Springfield, MO.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Nova L. Mrad Scholarship Fund for Central High School at https://www.supportsps.org/donate/.

Permanent online condolences, stories and photos may be shared at www.hhlohmeyer.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home
    Address
    500 E. Walnut Street
    SPRINGFIELD, MO 65806
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    Daughter of the American Revolution Service will begin at 6:45 pm
  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Agnes Cathedral
    Address
    533 S. Jefferson
    SPRINGFIELD, MO 65806
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    Officiant
    Msgr. Thomas Reidy
  • Interment

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 |
    When
    Friday, February 21st, 2020
    Location
    Resurrection Cemetery
    Address
    4535 W. State Hwy EE
    SPRINGFIELD, MO 65802
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Chad M Storie

Posted at 07:05pm
Nova (Ms Mrad) was my 7th grade science teacher at Saint Agnes. Boy I was amazed that she had a real human skeleton in a glass box in the room.
That has to this day made a lasting impression in my mind. Guess that’s why I’ve been working in and enjoying the medical field all these years!

You will be sadly missed.
NB

Nidhi Bhargava

Posted at 03:48pm
I've known Nova through her sister, Becky. Please accept my warmest condolences.
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Marian Bowman

Posted at 02:10pm
Nova, Dave & her Mother came many years to the craft show, Christmas In The Country. Always a smile upon her face, much love in her heart, care for all of the crafters. We loved her & her family very much. It was a very delight to know this family. Speaking for myself, I will miss her very much, but one day we will celebrate again. Nova’s friendship & love will always be in our hearts. Prayers for Dave & his family.
JS

Jane Sellars

Posted at 02:02pm
Nova Reece Mrad
1948 – 2020
If we were asked at different stages of our lives how and when we wanted to die, many of us would most likely come up with one or two answers. Most of us would not choose to die of complications from one of the most debilitating, often long-lasting diseases such as ALS. But that’s what ultimately took the life of my long-time friend, fellow teacher, devoted daughter, caring older sister, faithful wife, loving mother, doting grandmother…
Nova was all that, and so much more. Her career as an educator spanned over 40 years: she was the kind of teacher who helped each student to the fullest. She was very disciplined, and that skill rubbed off not only on the young people she mentored, but also many of us who taught alongside her. She was thorough: no matter what subject area Nova was assigned to teach, she did so in a manner that was not only professional, but also was attainable by all the students in her classes. She was a strict task-master in the classroom – her rules did not change: students behaved the way they were supposed to, and completed their work in a timely manner. If not, their grades were calculated appropriately. Nova was always fair and impartial. When a student needed accommodations or special help in a certain area, she was there in her classroom, counseling and tutoring a young person. I loved those aspects of her teaching. Not only did I know what to expect, but the students knew also. There were no trick questions or surprise changes at the end of the semester or year.

As her devastating disease took her body and she became bedridden and relied on oxygen and continual care by others, her mind was sharp and her memory often better than mine. She would remember certain incidents either from St Agnes or Central, and the students we shared. We reminisced a lot. We laughed, wondered about former students and the whereabouts of fellow teachers, and sometimes even teared up as we thought about all the people we shared in our lives.
I loved her dearly and no matter how many days or weeks or months we were apart, just like any true friendship, we picked up right where we had left off. I will miss her friendship, her fierce loyalty, her commitment to her students, the compassion she showed to all she met.
Nova you are gone from all of us here now, but the memories we hold in our hearts will bring you back to us in endless ways – your competence, your sense of style, your calm demeanor, the way you always had a kind word and a lovely smile. Rest dear friend in that place where there is nothing but beauty, peace, endless love, a truly forgiving God and a Son who died so that we all may live in harmony and grace with all the angels you so loved on Earth.

HS

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