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John Lewis Nowak

January 18, 1936 - April 11, 2020

John Lewis Nowak, Sr.  born January 18, 1936 and passed on April 11, 2020 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling, West Virginia. He was 84 years of age.

He was born the son of Julia (Piszczalka) Nowak and Anton Nowak in Bellaire, Ohio.

He was a 1953 graduate from Bellaire High School. He went into the Navy in May of 1953. After boot camp in Maryland he went to Norman, Oklahoma for training for Airman Prep School and was stationed at Boca Cheeka Key, Florida and served on the Blimp Airship Devron ZX 11 where he developed a way of detecting submarines under water with sonar. When he was discharged in January of 1957 he held the rank of Aviation Electronics First Class.

John retired from the Bellaire Antenna Systems in 1984. He loved gardening, polka music and polka festivals. He was happy that he got to go to tour Poland three times. He was a member of St. John Church in Bellaire, Ohio and was devoted to serve the church wherever he could.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin daughters, Heather Dawn and Nicole Rose Nowak and brothers, Edward Nowak and Frank Nowak.

He is survived by his wife, Connie (Fijalkowski) Nowak of 52 years; their sons, John (Tracy) Nowak, Jr. of Bellaire, Ohio and Jeff (Patty) Nowak of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania; he was Dziadzi (Grandpap) to Jacy Nowak of Columbus, Ohio, Zander Nowak of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania and Trey Jablinske of Bellaire, Ohio; sister, Linda (Nowak) Tylka; brothers-in law, Larry (Sandy) Fijalkowski and Dan (Sandy) Fijalkowski and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by going to

Once the present concerns have lifted, John’s life will be celebrated at a memorial mass at St John Church, Bellaire, Ohio at a date and time to be announced. Interment in the Holly Memorial Gardens in Pleasant Grove, Ohio.

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Arrangements by the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio.

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