Richard H. Nowak
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Richard H. Nowak CALUMET CITY, IL - Richard H. Nowak of Calumet City, passed away at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, May 11, 2020 age 79 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Martha Nowak, one sister Lorraine M. (Nowak) Delinck. Survived by his brother-in-law Howard (Theresa) Delinck of Jackson, nephews and niece; Kevin, Sandra (John), Christopher (Rosie), great-nieces and nephews; Andy, Nathan, Caitlin, Nicholas, Talia and Sofia. He graduated from St. Joseph College, Renselaer, In and Valparaiso University, retired from Bishop Noll Institute (High School) in Hammond, IN, where he taught tenth grade math for 38 years. Throughout his life he was an avid traveler, including Europe and the Holy Land, was an active and loved member of Our Lady of Knock Catholic Church in Calumet City and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #609. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Queen of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church with Father Timothy MacDonald officiating. Interment at St. John's Catholic Cemetery. Private family visitation and Rosary will be held at the Watson Funeral on Monday. (Watson Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor Road, Jackson, MI 49203)

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Published in The Times on May 17, 2020.
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May 31, 2020
Richard was a great friend and neighbor. He had a kind and warm spirit. My condolences to all of his family, students and friends.
Monica Davis
Friend
May 20, 2020
Mr. Nowak was a wonderful teacher , mentor & had a wonderful sense of humor. one of my better teachers I had at Bishop Noll. so sorry to hear of his passing. my condolences & prayers go out to his family.
DON LYNCH
Student
May 18, 2020
Mr. Nowak's teaching style and enthusiasm eased my math fears and anxiety as a freshman at BNI. I was so fortunate to have such a caring, smart and helpful math teacher. He is on my list of favorite teachers that have inspired me. I saw him so many years later after graduation and he acknowledged me by my name which was truly touching to be remembered. My deepest sympathy to his family on this great loss.
Lilly Arzumanian-Sokolevski
Student
May 18, 2020
Thank you Mr. Nowak for the many years of loyal and loving service to the scholars of Bishop Noll Institute. Your legacy will live on for generations to come! God bless friend and rest in well deserved peace!
Bruce schooler
Acquaintance
May 18, 2020
Mr. Nowak was one of my very favorite teachers. His enthusiasm for teaching was driven by his deep desire to see every student learn and prosper. A man of great integrity, I am forever grateful to have been his student.
J. Pavnica
Student
May 18, 2020
Richard was a great friend And neighbor. Unselfish, he volunteering came to our home and helped my bed ridden son, a student of Noll , continue his studies until he could attend school. Always sent a mass request card, if other Family member became ill. Our deepest sympathy to family.
Adam Bona
Neighbor
May 17, 2020
Mr. Nowak was my freshman math teacher at Bishop Noll in 1974. I have fond memories of his patience as a teacher and his love for math that he conveyed to his students. My condolences to his family on the loss of a fine man.
Cathy Devine
Student
May 17, 2020
Remember Mr.Nowak at Bishop Noll in the 70s , he was a Bright and Great Teacher who was Dedicated to his Students 100%, And Who Gave His ALL All The Time ! Condolences to The Nowak Family and May He Rest In Eternal Peace ! Ron Saenz B N I Class of 1975 !
Ron Saenz
Student
May 17, 2020
Richard is fondly remembered for his many years of service at Calumet City Resources Food Pantry, and as a powerful Lector at Our Lady of Knock Church in Calumet City, Illinois. He loved the Civic Opera in Chicago, and was an avid listener of classical music on WFMT radio in Chicago. Passing years diminished the man, but not his feisty spirit. His love of God was manifested in his love of the Mass. His recently departed friend, Virginia Dalle Molle, is welcoming Rich into God's embrace. All his friends at Our Lady of Knock are saddened at his passing.
John Bush
Coworker
May 17, 2020
I met Richard when I was newly ordained and assigned to teach at Bishop Noll. He was a dedicated instructor and a good friend to so many students there. He didn't just care about teaching the subject, he truly cared about the individuals he taught. Well done, Richard. Rest in peace!
Fr. Yadron
May 17, 2020
Mr. Nowak left a lasting impression and is intertwined with my memories at BNI. He truly enjoyed teaching. I was fortunate to have him as my Geometry teacher.
Kristine Diaz
Student
May 17, 2020
Great person and teacher! Had him for math at Bishop Noll c/o 2000 God bless the Nowak family
R. Torres
Student
May 17, 2020
Rich was an excellent teacher, a wonderful collegue and friend. He has touched so many lives not only through teaching but also his volunteer work. He will be missed. Eternal rest grant unto him and let perpetual light shine upon him
Susan Bates
Friend
May 17, 2020
I lived a block away from Richard For my first 20 years.Being only two years older visited with my parents often through the years playing with Richard while our parents played cards. We always had a good time.
Tom Nowak
Family
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