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Joseph M. Nowak

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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.

14 comments on “Joseph M. Nowak”

  1. Jimmy, So sorry to hear about your dad. He adored you and was a good guy with a quick smile. My thoughts are with you.

  2. Melissa FitzGerald

    Sorry for your loss. Had some good conversations with Joe when he worked at the county. He was one of the good ones.

  3. Joe was a wonderful person. I’ve drank a lot of beers with him and had a lot of deep conversations with him. We will miss you very much. Please tell Miss Blanch I said hello. God bless you. May you rest in peace. All my love.

  4. I worked with Joe when we worked for Glen Electric and furniture in the mid 60’s. Once in a while, I helped him lay carpet. He was always the one who my folks wanted to install carpet in our homes.
    Joe was a very good friend and co-worker.
    Thoughts and prayers with the family.
    RIP Joe, you are back with Blanch now in the arms of our lord!

  5. My sincere condolences to Joe’s family.

    My buddy Joe Novak was a friendly local guy who appreciated and was proud of his accomplishments. Joe was the person in background that in many cases made a difference. Our fun and sometimes serious chats made us both walk away satisfied and above all smiling. Rest In Peace, my old friend.

  6. Joe worked for the City & County when they were together at the downtown court house.
    He took great pride in his job of maintaining the building and grounds. He also enjoyed his
    relationships with City & County employees. RIP friend.

  7. Conrad& Connie Latuszek

    Our deep condolences to Joes entire family. My first memory of him was he & his Dad working along side my Dad Al Nowak building the St Mary High School while Gabby & I played hide & seek among the partitions of classrooms. Bless you each

    Conrad & Connie Latuszek

  8. Conrad& Connie Latuszek

    Our deep condolences to Joes entire family. My first memory of him was he & his Dad working along side my Dad Al Nowak building the St Mary High School while Gabby & I played hide & seek among the partitions of classrooms. Bless you

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