AMerican Veteran 10

Joseph Onufry Novak

March 15, 1929 ~ November 24, 2020 (age 91)


Joseph Onufry Novak, 91, Lucernemines passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Communities of Indian Haven, Indiana.  He was a son of Julia (Elczyna) and Onufry Novak and was born March 15, 1929 in Tide, PA.

Joe was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Red Barn Sportsman Club, a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1989, Indiana and a member of the Homer City American Legion, Post #493 for over fifty years.  He worked at Blairsvillle Westinghouse Specialty Metals until his retirement.  Joe was also a veteran of the United Stated Army having served in the Korean War.

Joe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Jean (Kanaba), whom he married on May 31, 1958;  his three children, Mark (Jan) Novak, Luke (Rhonda) Novak and Joni Wolford.  He is also survived by grandsons, Nick (Jess) Novak, Louis (Tina) Wolford, and granddaughter Molly Novak.  His two great grandchildren, Chase and Mason along with many nieces and nephews also survive him.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Novak; sisters, Lottie Pernosky and Elizabeth Novak; brothers, Alex Novak, Pete Novak, Walter Novak, Anthony Novak, Charles Novak and Stanley Novak and let's not forget his furry companion, Snowball, who was always by his side.

Due to the pandemic, a private funeral and committal service will be held at the convenience of the family.  The Bowser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Homer City are in charge of arrangements.  To sign the guestbook or to send online condolences please visit

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