Joel E. Novak, age 71, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 13, 1945, in Geneva, Ohio.
Joel was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mildred Novak, and is survived by his wife of 46 years, Bonnie. He was a loving father to Lisa Novak Antil (Doug), Matthew (Heather) Novak, Luci Novak and granddaughters Mya, Macy and Adeline. Joel is survived by siblings Jim Novak, Janet Whaley and Judy Hudson, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Joel graduated from Kent State University in 1969 and worked in the data support systems industry for 38 years including Goodyear Aerospace.
He was a faithful member of Trinity UCC Church, Canal Fulton. He is best remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and friend. His humor, kindness, and love knew no bounds and he was always positive and upbeat.
He enjoyed his time with family and friends and creating life long memories along the way.
Our family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the Cleveland Clinic Justin Rogers Hospice Center, Akron, for his excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to Trinity UCC Church, 8101 Manchester Ave., Canal Fulton, Ohio, or to Eversight Ohio, 6700 Euclid Ave. #101, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 www.eversightvision.org to donate as he was a corneal recipient.
Memorial Services will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ, 8101 Manchester Ave, Canal Fulton, Saturday, May 6th at 10:30 a.m. conducted by the Rev. Glen Shedlock. A light luncheon will follow.
Published on  May 2, 2017