DEXTER – William R. Novak Sr., 83, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at home. He was born Dec. 8, 1929, in Egypt, Pa., a son of Andrew and Susanna Novak.
William graduated from Whitehall High School, Hockendaqua, Pa., class of 1947, and attended the University of Virginia. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy with a tour of duty on Adak in the Aleutian Islands. William worked for the U.S. government for 36 years, with National Security Agency, and Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. He was a communicant of St. Anne’s Church, Our Lady of The Snows Parish; member of Cardinal Mercer Knights of Columbus, Dexter; past grand knight of Holy Family Council, Silver Spring Md.; and member of the 4th degree. He also was a member of Dexter Sunrise Kiwanis. He volunteered his time coaching and working in many capacities with children and teenagers throughout the years. He lived in Silver Spring, Md., with his family during his tenure with the government and retired to Maine in 1986.
In addition to his wife, Rita Clark Novak, whom he married 63 years ago, he is survived by his four children and their families, John and wife, Bobbi, of South Carolina, Catherine and significant other, Rick Martell, of Dexter, William Novak Jr. and wife, Traci, of South Carolina and David and wife, Katherine, of Silver Spring, Md.; very special daughter-in-law, Bonnie Novak of Augusta; grandchildren, John Novak Jr. and wife, Vanessa, David Spaulding and wife, Mikee, all of West Gardiner, Joseph Spaulding of Derry, N.H., Leanne, Valerie and Allison Novak of Baltimore, Md., Melissa Novak of Virginia, Brittney and Zackary Novak of South Carolina, and Hunter Novak of Waterville; beloved sister, Sister Irene Novak, O.S.F.; and brothers, Leonard and wife, Susan, of Pennsylvania, and Edward and wife, Donna, of California; three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Susan and her twin Emma.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at St. Anne’s Church, Free Street, Dexter, with the Rev. Father Kent Ouellette officiating. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. Spring burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Memorial donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, 304 Hancock St., Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.