Michael Francis Novilla

Michael Francis Novilla, 76, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at home.

He was born in Waukesha and received his pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in 1957. After moving to St. Petersburg in 1959, he worked at Pasadena Drugs as a pharmacist. He received his JD degree from Stetson College of Law in 1963 and maintained a private law practice for more than 35 years.

He was a supporter and board member of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, where he also provided legal counsel and volunteered in the pharmacy for more than 30 years. Mike was the first Pinellas/Pasco recipient of the barís Presidentís Pro Bono award. Mike was a man of kindness, integrity and wit, with a heart for serving others.

He will be greatly missed. He was a Christian.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Leslie (Clark) Novilla; two sons, Michael S. Novilla and Christopher A. (Lindsey) Novilla; a daughter, Julie Schultz; two sisters, Juliann (Roger) Hansen and Roseline (Thomas) Hagen; a sister-in-law, Sally Novilla; a granddaughter, Sabrina Schultz; and a grandson, Christopher F. Novilla.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8,at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 301 58th St. So., St. Petersburg. Visitation will start at noon. A celebration of life gathering will follow at NOVA 535, located at 535 Dr. MLK Jr. St. No., St. Petersburg, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mikeís family wishes to thank the Coral and Purple Teams of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, 863 Third Ave. No., St. Petersburg, FL 33701; or Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.

Brett Funeral Home, (800) 647-4425, is serving the family. For the online memorial and guestbook, visit