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Andrew  Novak
Immigrated To The United States Alone At The Age Of Sixteen
Age 99
Born: March 23, 1921   Died: July 31, 2020

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Andrew Novak, age 99, of Westlake, and formerly of Lorain, passed away at the Vitalia Westlake on the afternoon of Friday July 31st, 2020. Born in Dubova, Czechoslovakia on March 23, 1921, Andrew traveled alone to the United States at the age of sixteen; upon arrival in New York City, he worked in both the banking and restaurant industries prior to enlisting in the United States Army in 1943.

While in the military, he fulfilled duty assignments as a Staff Sergeant attached to the 594th Army Air Force Base Unit and was the recipient of both the World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Following his discharge from the military in 1946, Andrew retuned to his native Czechoslovakia where he met and married his wife, Anna (nee Olejar). This began a union that would last seventy-two years.

The couple returned to the United States and lived in several communities prior to establishing their residency in Lorain in the early 1950’s. Andrew was employed as a quality control specialist at TRW / Nelson Stud Welding Division; he retired from the manufacturer in 1986.

A long-time parishioner of St. Nicholas Byzantine Rite Catholic Church, he was a familiar face as a kitchen volunteer there.

Andrew was a former member of the International Brotherhood of Machinist’s and Aerospace Workers as well as a social member of the American Slovak and Russo-Slav Clubs.

Known as an avid pipe smoker, he enjoyed gardening, coin collecting, and travel including oceanic cruises in his free time.

In addition to his wife, Anna, Andrew is survived by his son Michael Novak (Susie) of Bay Village, grandchildren Jennifer, Julee, Jill, and Jonathan, step-grandchildren Brittany, Nathan, and Nikki and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sons Nicholas and Bobby.





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