Novak Sr., Richard A., Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Covenant Healthcare Cooper. Age 84 years. The son of the late Anthony and Pauline (Lipski) Novak, Richard was born August 29, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan. He married Mary Rodger, his loving wife of 61 years, on June 16, 1951. She survives him. Richard earned his Juris Prudence degree and his degree in Certified Public Accounting at the University of Detroit. He began his career in accounting in Detroit at Arthur Andersen. In 1961, he came to Saginaw where he began his law practice at Polasky, Meisel & Novak. Richard was an Eagle Scout and an active member of Junior Achievement. He belonged to numerous law associations and was an emeritus member of the Michigan Bar. Richard was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church where he sang in the choir, served as a Eucharist Minister and lector. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council #4232. He was a kind, loving and patient man who will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Richard loved life and spending time with his family. Surviving besides his wife Mary and two daughters, four sons and their spouses, Cynthia and Dennis Herzog, Marquette; Richard Novak Jr., Rochester; Jeffrey and Kerrie Novak, Naples, Florida; Thomas and Kerry Novak, Cape Elizabeth, Maine; Mary Patricia and Robert Kennedy, Beacon, New York; Matthew and Kathleen Novak, Aurora, Ohio; 22 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Novak. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate with interment in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 2:00-7:00 p.m. and at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church or Emmaus House.