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Walter V. Novotny, 75, of the City of Tonawanda, died Friday (Sept. 22, 2000) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a brief illness.

Born in the City of Tonawanda, he graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1943 and the University at Buffalo in 1983. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Novotny, who was known as "Spin," had been an air traffic controller at Niagara Falls Airport for many years. He was past financial secretary and member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and a member of the Exchange Club of the Tonawandas; North Tonawanda Lodge 860, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and the Aero Club.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Marjorie Allan; a daughter, Holly Yager of Grand Island; three sisters, Victoria Strehlow, Ruth and Marie, all of the City of Tonawanda; two brothers, Henry of the City of Tonawanda and Ralph of Tampa, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, William and Scott streets, City of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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