Mark B. Nowakowski, 89, of Butler, passed away Sunday evening at the Butler V.A. Medical Center.
Born Oct. 3, 1924, in Butler, he was a son of the late John Nowakowski and Catherine (Schmidt) Nowakowski.
Mark graduated from Butler High School, went two years to the New Castle School of Trades for carpentry, then worked as a carpenter for Armco Steel in Butler, retiring in 1987 after 37 years.
He was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, V.F.W
. Post 249, American Legion Post 117, and the Roman Catholic Men's Club.
He loved the outdoors, hunting, going to his hunting camps - which he did since the 1950s - gardening, and making homemade wine. He had also volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America and was an avid Steelers and Pirates fan. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, traveling with his family to Hawaii, California and Cancun, and also he traveled to Europe, revisiting where he had served while in the U.S. Army
A veteran of World War II
, he served in the 63rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, where he was in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart
medal, two Bronze Stars, the French Medal of Honor, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.
Surviving are his wife, Irene C. (Tishey) Nowakowski, who he married Sept. 20, 1947; his two sons, Dean A. (Sharon) Nowakowski of Butler, and Mark J. (Barbara) Nowakowski of Long Grove, Ill.; his three daughters, Kathy (Russ) Geibel of Butler, Carol (Bob) Schiebel of Butler, and Sheri (Rich) Romano of Collegeville; his 10 grandchildren, Marisa (Craig) Kocak, Julie Zamudio, David (Melissa) Nowakowski, Matthew (Tara) Nowakowski, Kimberly (Justin) Tarovisky, Carrie Schiebel, Amy Schiebel, Anne Widenhofer, Sam Widenhofer and Jen McIntosh; and his 11 great-grandchildren.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, as he was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.
Nowakowski- The friends of Mark B. Nowakowski, who passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014, will be received at Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler, from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 127 Franklin St., Butler. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
The Women's Council of St. Peter's will meet at 9:35 a.m. Thursday at the church to recite the rosary.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Church, 127 Franklin St., Butler, PA 16001.
For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.geibelfuneralhome.com