February 4, 1925 - October 9, 2016


Alvin C. Novak was called to his heavenly home on October 9, 2016 after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife of 66 years and family members.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, October 13, 2016 at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Brennyville. The Rev. Gregory Mastey and Rev. Leo Moenkedick will concelebrate. Burial with Military Honors provided by Foley American Legion will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wednesday at the Foley Funeral Home in Foley and also after 9:00 AM Thursday at the church. Parish Prayers will be held at 5:00 PM Wednesday with a family Rosary at 8:30 PM. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

Alvin was born February 4, 1925 in Alberta Township, Benton County to Thomas and Rose (Mastey) Novak. He married Lorraine Youso on October 17, 1950 at St. John's Catholic Church in Foley. He was a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Brennyville, MN. He was also a member of the Crosier Apostolate in Onamia, MN, the Carpenter's Union #851 and the Foley American Legion. He served his country in WWII in the Merchant Marine from 1943-1946 and then served in the U.S. Army from 1949-1950. In the early 1970's he started his own roofing company, shingling many houses in the Twin Cities area and throughout the state of Minnesota, a trade he taught his sons and grandsons. In his retirement years, Alvin spent many hours with his nephew, Greg, on the family farm where he was raised.

The most important part of Alvin's life was his faith and family. He loved to tease the younger children by "taking their noses" or “pulling their ponytails” and he was always up for a game of cards, 500 or cribbage, with the older children. He looked forward to any family gathering where he could spend his time visiting with everyone.

Alvin is survived by his wife Lorraine; sons and daughters: Bradley (Doreen) Novak of Becker, Brenda (Vern) Jurek of Becker, Bruce (Lois) Novak of Cambridge, Barbara (Chris) Kotsmith of Foreston, Bryan (Cindy) Novak of Coon Rapids, Bernard (Tammy) Novak of Aitkin, Bonnie (Todd) Warren of Sartell, Beth (Paul) Roberts of Lawton, IA, and Blaine (Lisa) Novak of New York Mills; sisters: Rosemary Pulczinski, Eileen Bialke, and Betty Motschke-Brenny; 50 grandchildren and 80 great grandchildren.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Eric Novak, granddaughter Anna Madison, great-grandsons Owen Johnson and Emerson Trueblood; siblings: Norbert Novak, Evalin Crooks, Adam Novak and Leroy Novak.