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Cleveland, Ohio

Jan 8, 1925 – Jan 2, 2021


January 8, 1925
January 2, 2021
Cleveland, Ohio


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Chambers Funeral Homes (West Park) - Cleveland Obituary

LEONARD PAUL NOVAK, age 95. Born on January 8,1925 in Revloc, Pennsylvania to the late Pauline (nee Klimmick) and William Novak; Beloved husband of the late Mary Noreen (nee Lamont); Loving father of Len Jr. (the late Shirley)(nee Piller), Donna Porach Martin and Polly Novak-Balzer (the late Craig M. Balzer) (Fiance, Dennis); Grandfather of Daniel Novak (Kim), Dennis Novak (Gino), Tommy Porach (Angie), Kristy Brewer (Jack) and the late Amy Porach; great-grandfather of Alexis Novak, Josh Novak, Zachary Porach (Morgan), Jeremy Porach, Rachel Porach, Brittany Caushi (Juri), Jordan Brewer, Carson Brewer, Ella Brewer and Laney Brewer; great-great-grandfather of Lucas Porach and Finley Caushi; brother of the late William, Charles, Henry, Raymond, Elmer, George, Edward, Robert, Florence, Elizabeth, Dorothy and Shirley. 

Leonard was a WWII U.S. Army Veteran who was a Purple Heart Recipient. He was a 50+ year member of the Lakewood BPOE.  He was a wonderful husband and dad and kind soul who loved fishing with his brothers, dancing, singing and playing his harmonica. He felt that without music there was no joy in life.  He loved to listen to non profit, 91.5 WKHR radio, especially on Sunday's from 11-1.  We encourage you to listen worldwide online.  

Special thanks to Ravenna and Dawn for the friendship, card playing and care of Len, he enjoyed your company.  

Memorial services will be held Friday, May 7, Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with Military Honors at 1:15 PM. (PLEASE MEET AT THE FRONT GATE OF CEMETERY)

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Len's name to WKHR Inc. 17425 Snyder Rd. Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 or to the American Red Cross.  

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Thank you for your brave service to our country !

Lenny sooo sorry for your loss your dad was well loved

I want to thank Polly and Lenny for the opportunity to be a companion and aid to their father, Len. It was my pleasure and honor to have kept his company. I enjoyed every minute with him, listening to stories about his family, time he served in the service and random stories of friends and events throughout his lifetime. I will always cherish the memories, laughter and our time together. Thank you Leonard Paul Novak for your sincere friendship.

Dad being honored for his military service.

June 2020: 4 generations

Our last visit with Grandpa was in June 2020. Granddaughter, great granddaughter Brittany, great great grandson Finnley ❤

My grandfather was one of the coolest people of I’ve ever known. He helped teach me to fish, garden, clean, cook, and love music. We were so blessed to spend so many years with him, hearing his stories and listening to him play harmonica. My grandparents’ home was the center of our childhood. We loved putting on plays, singing, and playing all of grandpa’s musical instruments for the family. I will cherish those memories forever. ❤

Dear Polly, One of the storms we all must face in our lives is the passing of someone dear to our hearts. I am sorry you are facing this right now, but I know you are strong enough to get through it.
Thinking of you and sending love as you celebrate your Father’s remarkable life.
Elaine Ceslewski Martin

You introduced me to your dad through FB. I never met him, but your posts revealed what a wonderful man he was, and I know that was just the tip of the iceberg. My heart breaks for you and your family. I understand the great loss of someone who means so much. Sending love.

My prayers for you and your family in this tragic time