Joseph J. Novak

Joseph J. Novak

February 16, 1925 – August 29, 2020


Joseph Julian Novak, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather died on August 29, 2020.  He was born in Omaha on February 16, 1925 to Amelia and Joseph Novak.

Joseph graduated from Omaha South High School and the University of Omaha.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served on the USS California from 1944 to 1945.  He worked in management for Western Electric for over thirty years and was a longtime member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Joe is preceded in death by sisters, Leona Helms and Victoria Roth, and brothers, John and James Novak.  He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Patricia; daughter, Deborah Novak (Edward Bilek); son, Michael Novak (Karla); grandchildren: Shaw Ketels (Brooke), Cody Novak (Megan), Kieley Hecker (Matt), and Thomas Novak; and three great-grandchildren

VISITATION begins Wednesday, September 2nd, 4pm with a WAKE SERVICE at 7pm at the mortuary.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, September 3rd, 10:30am, St. Thomas More Catholic Church (4804 Grover St.).  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials to St. Thomas More Church or New Cassel.




  • Kathy Kopocis Posted September 1, 2020 9:23 am

    Pat and family, Please accept my sympathy for the loss of Joe. May you find comfort in the loving memories you have of Joe. His love ❤️ will live on in each of you. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy

  • Linda McKown Watts Posted September 1, 2020 4:20 pm

    Pat & family, my sympathies over your loss of Joe. He had a long life & wonderful family.. You are in my thoughts & prayers.. Linda McKown Watts

  • Carmella Fereck Posted September 1, 2020 6:54 pm

    Dr. Novak, deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. Sending thoughts and prayers to yo and your family during this sorrowful time. Carmella Fereck

  • Sherry Hogan Posted September 2, 2020 5:45 am

    Deb, I’m so sorry yo hear about the passing of your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Sherry H.

  • Mandy Mika Posted September 2, 2020 6:43 am

    Dr. Novak, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. It doesn’t matter the age or how good a life our loved ones had, we never have them long enough and we are never fully ready for them to go on up ahead. You and your family are in my prayers and I hope remembering better times with your dad bring you comfort and healing during this difficult time.

  • MaryAnn O’Brien Posted September 2, 2020 9:33 am

    Dr. Novak, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your father. My condolences to you and your family. Mary Ann

  • Sharon Novak Posted September 2, 2020 4:06 pm

    Aunt Pat,Debbie&Ed and Mike& Karla I’m so sorry to hear of Uncle Joey’s passing he lived a long wonderful life that will leave all of us with a lot of great memories. May he Rest In Peace as he joins the rest of our family in heaven. Love to all of you Sharon

  • Michael Joseph Novak Posted September 2, 2020 5:00 pm

    My Father was one of the best who will never be forgotten. My Family’s heart is heavy with grief and sadness but also over joyed that he passed as anyone would hope for ……

    Michael Joseph Novak (son), Spouse Karla Kim McKown Novak. Great grand children: Cody Michael Novak, Kieley and Mathew Hecker of Kirkland, Wa. And Thomas Joseph Novak of San Francisco,ca.
    We loved our papa very much: )

  • John, Jodie, Sam and Tess Majerus Posted September 2, 2020 10:41 pm

    Mrs. Novak, Mike, Karla and family – Our hearts are heavy with the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather . Joe must have been a wonderful man and was obviously much loved. He will be missed for certain but has left part of himself with each of you. May your memories bring comfort and God grant peace.

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