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Novella Ragen

January 27, 1931 — June 14, 2022


Mrs. Novella Edith Ragen, 91 of Atlanta, Michigan died peacefully on June 14, 2022 at Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. She was born in Ecorse, Michigan on January 27, 1931. Novella and husband, James bought a cabin and traveled back and forth constantly, until deciding to make the move permanent with their children in 1982. She was a member of Full Gospel Church and enjoyed many activities, of which, her passion for helping children as a foster grandmother for many years at Atlanta Elementary. She loved her birds, doing crossword puzzles, back country rides, knitting, antagonizing her two roommates, Tiger and Tales, sitting on the back porch and most important, spending time with family. She is and will be deeply missed.

Novella is survived by her children, James Thomas (Michelle) Ragen III of Cookesville, Tennessee; Tammi (Christopher) Oberski of Atlanta; daughter-in-law, Lisa Dickson Ragen of Knoxville, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas Ragen II; son, David Henry Ragen; parents, Henry and Hattie Gerwolls; siblings, Evelyn Gerwolls, Dorothy Gerwolls, Sonny Gerwolls, and Florence Domigan.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial held in celebration of Novella’s life soon to be announced.

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