Irma Mae Novotny, 85

Antiques dealer

December 20, 2006

Irma Mae Novotny, a retired antiques dealer, died Dec. 11 at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Pa., of injuries from an automobile accident earlier this year. The former Towson resident was 85.

Born Irma Mae Dvorsak and raised in Dayton, Ohio, she completed a two-year program in Ohio at the Dickinson School of Business.

She married George A. Novotny in 1942, and the couple moved in 1947 to Baltimore, where her husband helped operate his family's tool and die business.

On her own, with a friend and later with her husband, Mrs. Novotny operated antiques businesses in Maryland and Pennsylvania beginning in the 1960s. With a friend, she opened The Country Store in Reisterstown in the mid-1960s, with merchandise that included antiques, gifts and sugar cookies.

After her husband retired, the couple moved in 1976 to Glen Rock, Pa., and opened Novotny Antiques in their home, and then at the Black Angus antiques mall in Adamstown, Pa. Mrs. Novotny continued to run it from 1992, when her husband died, until retiring in 2000.

Mrs. Novotny had been living with a daughter in Reading in recent years. She was a member there of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and former member of Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lutherville. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star.

She collected Christmas antiques, and when her daughters were young was active in their Baltimore County school PTAs and Girl Scout troops.

Graveside services were held Friday in Towson.

She is survived by daughters Barbara Waller of Reading and Kathy Mantione of Pasadena; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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