Donna Novak
1951 - 2020
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Donna M. Novak
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, longtime Edison resident
Donna M. Novak, 68, of Bethlehem Township, Pa., peacefully went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital (Cedar Crest) Hospice Unit with her loving husband and daughter at her side.
Donna was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother and a longtime resident of Edison, N.J.
Donna was born on November 8, 1951, in Newark, N.J. She was the daughter of Dolores Schlorb Alderiso of Bethlehem, Pa., and the late Nicholas Alderiso. She was a 1969 graduate of Metuchen High School (N.J.) and a 1973 graduate of Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Art History. Donna was a lifetime member of the Banana Factory art community in Bethlehem, Pa., and the Portrait Society of America. Additionally, Donna was an assistant to the Director of the Metuchen Adult School and was a teaching assistant in special education at the Center School in Highland Park, N.J.
Donna is survived by her husband of nearly 48 years, John R. Novak, and her children, John R. Novak Jr. and Tara M. Webb, and their spouses, Elisabeth and Christopher, respectively. She was blessed with seven grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Donna is also survived by her sister, Jean Mercade and her husband, Ignacio, and her brothers, Michael Alderiso and his wife, Nancy, Nicholas Alderiso and his wife, Fulvia, and James Alderiso and his wife, Patricia.
Donna loved traveling with family and friends to Hilton Head, S.C., Phoenix, Ariz., and the Bahamas. She was an avid artist who enjoyed working in her studio with all mediums. Her creative abilities were appreciated by all those who were fortunate enough to know her.
Due to Covid-19, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a future time. The Finegan Funeral Home in Palmer Township, Pa., is coordinating all arrangements.

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Published in The Star-Ledger on Aug. 4, 2020.
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August 8, 2020
It is with broken hearts that Joan and I tell you what a beautiful and loving person our cousin (thought of always to us as a sister) Donna was in our lives . As young girls growing up we were always together sharing everything with each other and always being there for each other through life's changes. It will be a different world for Joan and I now with our precious Donna's passing but we will always keep her in our hearts everyday until we see her again. Rest in peace our Donna I know heaven now has an Beautiful Angel among them.
To our John, Tara and Johnnie know that are prayers are with all of you through this difficult time. To Donna you all were her world she loved all of you so very much.
Margaret A Alderiso
August 6, 2020
So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. She was blessed to have such a caring husband and family. My sincere condolences.
Jo Ellen Toro
Friend
August 5, 2020
Sincere condolences from Rita and the late Joseph Calvo, Barnegat, NJ neighbors.
Rita Calvo
Neighbor
August 5, 2020
What a wonderful and talented mum, wife, friend. You will live in our hearts always
Your Bahamian Family xoxo
Bo, Beth and Marisa
Beth
Friend
August 5, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Know that she isn’t suffering any longer and will be sleeping peacefully in the arms of the angels , waiting on the other side, until you can all be together again in His love.
Dominick Marraccini
Friend
August 4, 2020
So sorry to hear this news. Sending love and prayers to the whole family.
Alicia (Sneddon) Killean
August 4, 2020
Fran Beadle
Friend
August 4, 2020
May the peace of God be with you always.
Anne and Wayne
Family
August 4, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Laurie and Jim Walker
Laurie Walker
Friend
August 4, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Laurie and Jim Walker
Laurie Walker
Friend
August 4, 2020
Carol Davis Volkland
Friend
August 4, 2020
August 4, 2020
I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of Donna.

It has been many Years since I Knew the Alderiso family as their paper boy and seeing Mr. Novak at Metuchen High School. Even today I am your neighbor, living in Upper Nazareth.

Please know you all will be in my thoughts!
Robert Frings
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