July 6, 2020
James Edward Novak, age 57, of Plain City, died Monday, July 6, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. He was a finance/materials manager for Omega Engineering in Sunbury from 2010 to 2018 and was a former associate of Honeywell and Sensotec. Jim was a 1981 graduate of Twinsburg High School and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University in 1985. Lovingly known to his family as “Jimmy,” he was a dedicated husband, father, uncle and cousin. He was a longtime member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he affirmed his faith on September 7, 1997. At St. John’s, Jim was a strong supporter of children’s spiritual growth and activities, including VBS and St. John’s school. Despite losing his vision as a result of brain cancer, his deep Christian faith allowed him to continue to celebrate his life and appreciate the blessings bestowed on him. Jim’s family described him as a “celebration waiting to happen” as he truly loved his time here on earth. He enjoyed all things Disney, golfing and Cleveland sports, even the Browns. Above all, he was known for his gift of hospitality, generosity and more than anything, friendship. He was born October 3, 1962 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Louis and Irene Wargo Novak. He was also preceded in death by his siblings Barbara Slivers, Louis Novak and Richard Novak; and a brother-in-law, Karl Goss. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Holly A. Cartwright Novak, whom he married April 29, 1989 at Central College Presbyterian Church in Westerville, Ohio; his daughter, Elizabeth A. Novak of Cincinnati; his son, Matthew J. Novak of Plain City; his sister, Cheryl Goss of Mantua; his father-and-mother-in-law, Robert and Carolyn Cartwright of Westerville; a brother-in-law, Mike Slivers of Cleveland, a sister-in-law, Misty (Larry) Hibbitts of Hebron, Kentucky; his nieces and nephews, Christy, Laurie, Michael, Justin, Brandon and Emma; and many other relatives and good friends. The family will receive friends 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2020 and 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 at Underwood Funeral Home. A funeral service celebrating Jim’s life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Rev. Jacob D. Heino will officiate and burial will follow at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to St. John’s Lutheran School COVID-19 Tuition Assistance Fund or The Ohio State University Brain and Spine Center. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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