Stephen Bernard Novak Jr. passed away peacefully on April 26, 2023, at the age of 83 in Smithfield, Virginia. Born in Claremont, New Hampshire, on February 9, 1940, Stephen lived a full and interesting life.
Stephen’s careers included serving as a Navy Submariner, working as a Paper Mill Electrician, and even running his own small business selling hunting gear and equipment. He was hardworking and dedicated even after his retirement.
Outside of work, Stephen had a variety of interests including gardening, canning, fishing, hunting, and collecting coins and Moxie soda memorabilia. He was an avid outdoorsman, collector of interesting finds, and a friend of Bill W.’s for many years.
Stephen is preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Olga Novak, and his son, Gregory Novak. Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Karen Eva Novak of Smithfield Virginia, daughters Olga Oswald (Novak) of Chesapeake Virginia and Sonja Novak of Greenville South Carolina; grandson Kevin Oswald; and his cherished cat, Leonidas.
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When I was a young boy,I went with my grandparents and parents over to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard by boat, to see Steve who was on a ship. He climbed over the side of the ship and got in our boat! Lots of cheering on deck from the crew. A great memory I will always cherish. Rest in Peace Steve.
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,
May your memories of Stephen Bernard Novak, give you peace, comfort and strength…
Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
and prayers to the family of ….
US Navy Veteran, Stephen Bernard Novak, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†
† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †