Joseph Stephen Novak – First Lieutenant, United States Army

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Joseph Stephen Novak, of Bailey, died July 21, 2001. He was 88. Burial was July 31 at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Lieutenant Novak was born May 6, 1913 in Franklin, New Jersey. As a young boy he worked in zinc mines. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. As a First Lieutenant he earned a Silver Star and a Purple Heart in Europe. He received a degree in drama from Catholic University and worked for the Foreign Embassy in Yugoslavia. He spent many years working in labor management for the U.S. Department of State and USAID.

He enjoyed golfing, tennis and photography. He belonged to Saint James Catholic Church and the Republican Party. In 1954 he married Jean Seager in Yorkshire, England. They had met while riding the Orient Express. She passed away in 1988.

Survivors include a son John, of Bailey, Colorado; two daughters, Sarah Büchholtz, of Providence, Rhode Island, and Christina Novak, of Falls Church, Virginia; and a brother, Stephen Novak. There are eight grandchildren.


NOVAK, JOSEPH S

  • 1LT   US ARMY
  • WORLD WAR II
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 05/06/1913
  • DATE OF DEATH: 07/21/2001
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 69  SITE 4808
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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