OLD FORGE — Bernard J. Novabilski, 86, of Old Forge, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at his home.
Born on Aug. 1, 1935, in Port Griffith, Bernie was the son of the late Joseph and Zofia (Kovalcik) Novabilski.
Bernie was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College.
Prior to his retirement, Bernie was a Postal Clerk for the United States Postal Service and his first few years of service was handling mail on an RPO railroad car.
Bernie was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston.
Bernie proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Bernie was a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokols, Assembly 86, in Port Griffith, where he served as the President.
He was also a member of the American Legion, Old Forge; the VFW, Wyoming; and the AMVETS of Dupont.
In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn (Ezzo) Novabilski; his son, John J. Novabilski; his brothers, William, Francis and Joseph; and his sisters, Mary, Julia, Sophie and Theresa.
Surviving are his son, Dr. Bernard A. Novabilski, and his wife, Dr. Paula Novabilski, of Collegeville; grandchildren, Sierra and Brandon Novabilski; daughter-in-law, Karen Novabilski, of Bowie, Md.; sister, Margaret Piskorik, of Green Castle; companion, Mary Anne Keating, of Kingston; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston.
Family and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. Friday morning until the time of Mass at the church.
Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Schooley Street, Exeter, where military honors will be conducted by the AMVETS Honor Guard of Greater Pittston.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.