William “Bill” Bartholemew Novak
July 17, 1948 to May 9, 2020
William “Bill” Bartholemew Novak, 71, of Benton Harbor, Michigan peacefully departed to be with his Lord and Savior May 9, 2020 at his residence. Bill was born July 17, 1948 in Hartford, Michigan to Benjamin and Donna Ruth (Starbuck) Novak. After graduating from Bangor High School, he began a long career as an auto mechanic. Bill was an assistant Chaplain for Berrien County Sheriff’s Department with the Forgotten Man Ministries, a lifetime member at the Hartford Sportsmen Club and a member of the American Legion in Stevensville. Upon retiring, he became a “Greeter” at the Meijer in Benton Harbor. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, working in his yard, and listening to music. Faithfully, Bill prayed on his knees each night and would lean over an open Bible each morning. His greatest joy was caring for and looking after his family and friends. A private celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Purely Cremations-Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services 926-9440. For those who wish to leave an online condolence for Bill’s family you may do so at www.purelycremations.org. In lieu of donations or flowers please do a kind deed for someone in honor of Bill.
Bill is survived by his son, William Marcus Novak; daughter, Stacey (Chad) VanBeek; sisters, Peggy Hester and Rosemary (Carl) Stokes; brother, Bernard Novak; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; longtime friend, Mike Rapp who was like a brother and Heidi Gruntman who was like a daughter to him.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cathrine Novak; brothers, Arthur Kelemen and Robert Novak and Stacey’s mother, Linda TenHagen.
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