George Novinger

He Lived a Wonderful Life!

George Novinger was born in Lewistown, Montana until he moved to Glendale at age 11. He missed Montana and hitchhiked back there at age 14, with his parents’ blessings. His life was full of curiosity and courage that he passed on to his family. At age 22, he stole Anne Marie away from Occidental College during his senior finals there, taking her in a WWII jeep to Las Vegas for a church wedding then rushing back the next day for another final exam. At the same time he was creating a boys camp with a buddy up in Big Bear.

He began his career in education that fall soon becoming a math and science teacher at Hoover High School, his alma mater in Glendale. He coached football and swimming for many years then moved to administration. In 1982 he became principal at Tehachapi High School and fully enjoyed his 10 years there before retiring.

George and Anne Marie then created the Apple Shed store and restaurant in Tehachapi. They were devoted to the development of Tehachapi as a unique mountain town. They succeeded with a full menu, a bakery, fresh apples and a varied gift/book shop featuring local gifts.

George enjoyed taking his family on adventures. He visited 39 countries in his life! His favorite activities included serving on the Montrose Mountain Search and Rescue team for 20 years, flying for 50 years and taking guests up in his Cessna 172, mountain climbing, working 20 summers as a ranger/naturalist in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, helping fund our new local hospital, and spending early hours in his hot tub outside.

George developed dementia during his last four years and was lovingly cared for by Anne Marie and several angelic caregivers. He passed away peacefully with family songs and hand-holding. He leaves his wife and children Mary Noble, his late son George “Tom” Novinger, his daughter Barbara Novinger, his five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.