Tiger Tracker: Reba Novotny | SummitDaily.com

Tiger Tracker: Reba Novotny

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Special to the Daily1967 SHS graduate Reba Novotny, then and now. Novotny organizes the SHS multi-year reunions, the next of which is taking place starting Friday. If graduates are interested in visiting, contact Novotny at Rrn1227@yahoo.com or (970) 241-5925.

Reba Novotny (maiden name Cox) graduated from Summit High School in 1967.

After graduation, Novotny moved to Grand Junction, “and I’ve been here ever since,” she said. She enjoys the minimal amount of snow, and the fact that “it’s bigger than small town and smaller than big town.”

Novotny has eight children – five are step-children – and was a stay-at-home mom for many years. She eventually went to work in the hospitality industry for a while before getting a job at the Mesa County Detention Facility, where she ordered and sold goods to inmates.

Novotny has been married to her husband, Randy, for 30 years.

Currently, Novotny is busy organizing the Summit High School multi-year reunion, something she’s done since 2006. The gathering takes place every three years; the next one is scheduled for Friday through Sunday.

“I like people, and I like history,” Novotny said of why she organizes the reunions. “It’s like having a family reunion, only slightly bigger.”

She expects about 200 people from all different classes to attend this year. At the 2009 gathering, two graduates from classes dating back to the first half of the 20th century were in attendance: Chick Deming, who graduated in 1938, and Chuck Chamberlain, class of 1941.

“We send invitations to classes from way back,” Novotny said.

Of her time in high school, Novotny says she “has so many good memories from school, I could write a book.” She had a lot of fun with choir and band – Novotny played the clarinet, French horn and saxophone. She also has great memories of all the friends she made.

“It was more like a family, not a school,” Novotny said.

Both of Novotny’s parents were from Summit County, and she comes from a line of homesteading families – her great-grandparents were Marshall, Mumford, Laskey and Cox.

In her free time, Novotny and Randy like to spend time fishing, “and just driving around looking at the changes that have happened over the last 60 years,” she said. “Going back to Summit County is pretty mind-boggling. Who would have ever thought?”

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