Paul S. Novak, 90, of Elyria, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at Olmsted Manor Skilled Nursing Center. He was born June 9, 1922 in Butler, Pa. Paul served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had worked for American Standard, Tappan, and Smith & Jones as a Millwright retiring with more than 45 years of service. Paul was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, American Legion Post #12, lifetime member of V.F.W. Post #1079, Elyria United Polish Club, Purple Heart Chapter, 83rd Thunderbolts, and was a lifetime member of Disabled Vets.
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Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Amelia J. (nee Koepke); two sons, Rodger P. (Paula), of Amherst, Mark A. (Shelley), of Wellington; eight grandchildren, Kim Barbee (Victor), of Elyria, Tina Frazier (Wayne), of Paige, Va., Michael Novak (Kiki), of Lorain, Matthew Novak, of Amherst, Ryan Novak (Stacey), of Huntsville, Ala., Lyndsey Novak (Josh), of Plant City, Fla., Taylor Novak and Halley Novak, both of Wellington; great-grandchildren, Victor and Devin Barbee, of Elyria; a sister, Helen Howdyshell (Al), of Elyria; a brother, Paul "Junior" (Linna), of Lorain. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Magdaline (nee Kocolowska) Novak; a sister, Mary Radke and three brothers, Pete, John and Harry.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57) Elyria (440) 322-4626 where funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, Oct.31, 2012. Rev. Jim Herbolsheimer, Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township, Ohio where V.F.W. Post #1079 will provide full military honors. Memorial contributions in Paul's memory can be sent to Louis Stokes VA Medical Center 10701 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Online condolences can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com.
Published in The Morning Journal from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2012