Joseph Michael Nowak, age 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Gaylord, Michigan.
Joe was born on October 24, 1942, in Elmira, MI to Michael and Angeline (Kucharek) Nowak. He was a 1960 graduate of Gaylord St. Mary High School and was a veteran of the United States Navy from 1962 until 1966. He spent most of his life living in Gaylord and Elmira, except for a few years living in Oklahoma in the early 1980s. Joe was a retiree of Otsego County, working for years in the maintenance department, at the county courthouse.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Michael, and Angeline; his special long-time friend, Blanche Higgins; his brother-in-law, Ronald Wilcox; and his sister-in-law, Elaine Nowak.
He is survived by his son, Jim (Cortney) Nowak of DeWitt, MI; three grandsons, Kaden Nowak, Matthew Craig, and Carter Craig; his brothers and sisters, Gabriel Nowak of Gaylord, MI, Mary (Dave) Wenzel of Gaylord, MI, Antonia (Steve) Dreyer of Gaylord, MI, Jerome (Carla) Nowak of Vanderbilt, MI, Casimer (Pam) Nowak of Munith, MI, Patricia Wilcox of DeWitt, MI, and Christopher (Robin) Nowak of Gaylord, MI; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will be holding a private service to remember and celebrate Joe’s life.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.