Mass of Christian burial was held Monday, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman, with the Rev. Gregory Mastey and the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
LeRoy Novak was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Alberta Township, Benton County, to Thomas and Rose (Mastey) Novak. He married Lorraine Dobos Sept. 16, 1957, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Opole. LeRoy had worked in construction and had farmed all his life in Alberta Township and had owned and operated Novak’s Gravel. He had taken over the family farm in 1957 until passing it on to the 3rd generation in 1993. LeRoy continued to work there daily, growing and harvesting vegetables and other crops until he was diagnosed with cancer. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where he had been on the parish council and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. LeRoy enjoyed pitching horseshoes, fishing, trips to Las Vegas and the casino, and playing cards. Also, it wasn’t hard for LeRoy to find a reason to get together with family and friends to celebrate any occasion. He loved spring as he was always anxious to work in the fields.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Foley; sons and daughters, Michael, Gregory, Joan (Jack) Paggen, Julie, Lori (Mike Hennen), Karen, Danny (Jenny), Steven (Tennelle), all of Foley,; grandchildren, Jonathan and Jay Paggen, Kendra Vizenor, Tanner and Morgan Miller, Davin, Ethan and Nolan Novak, and Olivia, Ava and Ivy Novak; brothers and sisters, Adam (Rita), Alvin (Lorraine), Eileen (Don) Bialka, Rosemary Pulczinski, Betty (Mark Brenny) Motschke and sister-in-law, Connie Novak.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Norbert; sister, Evalin and brothers-in-law, Reine Motschke and Cy Pulczinski.
Foley Funeral home