Joseph J. Novak, Lisbon, Ohio Obituary

LISBON, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Joseph J. Novak, 77, of Adams Road, passed away peacefully at 11:40 a.m. Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital.

Mr. Novak was born June 17, 1944 in West Point, Ohio, the son of the late John and Lucretia (Hawkins) Novak and lived most of his life in the Lisbon area.

A 1962 graduate of David Anderson High School in Lisbon, Joe worked as a machinist and welder at NRM and finished as a supervisor. He also owned and operated Novak Septic Pumping Company for 22 years.

Mr. Novak was a member of St. Nikolai Orthodox Church in Louisville, Ohio.

He was also a member of the Italian American Club of Salem and the Leetonia Sportsman’s Club.

In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling abroad, golfing, boating and water skiing, working on his hobby farm and tending his cows. Joe was also a wonderful baker, making kolache, cookies, and anything sweet.

He is survived by his wife, Monica (Avram) Novak, whom he married on April 24, 1997; children, Sheri (Edward) Brown of Deerfield, Tim (Anita) Novak of Lisbon and Stephanie Novak of Lisbon; brothers, John (Cathy) Novak of Grand Junction, Colorado and Greg Novak of Alliance; grandchildren, Zackary, Brandon (Samantha), Isaac, Brooke, Colton, Nicholas, Isabella and Danny and great-granddaughter, Satara, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Joe was also predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Bill Gregory.

A private funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in the Chapel at Columbiana Cemetery with Father James Barkett officiating. Please wear face masks to keep everyone safe.

According to his will, no public call time will be respected.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leetonia Sportsmans Charity, PO Box 307, Lisbon, OH 44432.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home. Friends can also view Joe’s memorial tribute page, share memories and leave condolences at

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A television tribute will air Sunday, January 16 at approximately the following times: 8:58 a.m. on FOX and 9:58 p.m. on MyYTV.

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