William Novak Jr, 95 of Newell, PA, passed away Thursday January 12, 2023 at his home.
William ‘Bill’ Novak Jr was born in Centerville, Washington County, PA on May 28, 1927. His parents were William Novak and Julia Mazzella Novak. He was raised and educated in Brownsville, Pa. Upon Graduation from Brownsville High School, Class of 1945, he entered service in the US Navy through the conclusion of World War II.
After the war he was employed by P&LE RR, working as a Signalman and later as Conductor. Bill also worked at Allied Chemical Corp. Newell Plant as an Electrician and Instrument Technician until his retirement.
Bills’ interests and passions were many. Truly a ‘Jack of all Trades’ and Master of some. Hunting, fishing, oil painting, woodworking, were a few of many pursuits. His greatest passion, second only to his family, was music. He played Piano and Accordion throughout his life. He also taught himself to play Bass Fiddle and Hawaiian Steel Guitar. He instilled many of those passions in his children as he and his wife Carolyn raised them. There was always music to be heard from the Novak house.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years Mary Carolyn Diederich Novak. His parents William Novak and Julia Novak and brothers Daniel Lee Novak, and David Paul Novak.
He is survived by children, William (Ron) Novak and wife Donna, Donald Novak, Kerry Novak, David Novak and wife Susan, Christopher Novak, Valerie Gallo and husband Mario; ten grandchildren, Jennifer Novak, Donald Novak, Heather Ekiert, Jeremy Novak, Shawn Novak, Adam Novak, Amber Novak, Evan Novak, Jordan Novak, Gino Gallo; nine great-grandchildren, Jayden Wall, Kallyn Novak, Ethan Ekiert, Gavin Ekiert, Landen Ekiert, Isaiah Novak, Urijah Novak, Brynn Ely, Alivia Bashur.
Bill is also survived by his Sister in Law Joyce Novak wife of his brother Daniel Family would like to express a special thank you to Bills’ caregivers Tracy, Stacy, and Dan.
Friends will be received Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm in the Eley/McCrory Funeral Home, Fayette City, PA. www.eleymccroryfuneralhome.com
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11:00 in the funeral home with Pastor Jack Washabaugh officiating.