John Lewis Nowak

January 18, 1936 - April 11, 2020

01/18/1936 - 04/11/2020

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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Sandra Salkovick
3 years ago

John & I are second cousins. My Dad was his first but it always felt my first. We went to 2 years of ministry classes through the Steubenville dioceses.
We send our love & prayers to Connie & family.
Connie, I have been praying for John for awhile & my heart told me that he is with our Lord & Savior.
My he Rest In Peace & my perpetual light shine upon him.
Sandra Nowak Salkovick & family

3 years ago

John will be Remembered Dearly, He was Such a Caring Man. I can still picture My Son when he was only about 2 ( His be Dad worked for John)and him doing the Hand thingy,,Up High,Down Low and he had Special saying with it,,( can’t Remember it)..But it is Something I think of when I hear John’s Name..

Jim, Teresa (Busack ) Kowalczyk and Matthew
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss! Prayers for the family!

Jim, Teresa (Busack ) Kowalczyk and Matthew
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss! Prayers to the family!

Patty Bauknecht Valloric
3 years ago

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy.
Patty Bauknecht Valloric

Ruth Foltz
3 years ago

Now I understand the foundations of your deep faith Jeff…sending sympathy and love to you, Patty and Zander

Dolores Anderson
3 years ago

John was such a good man. We are So very sorry for your loss Connie, Johnny and Jeff.
Prayers and Love, Dolores, Bob and Lori

Mark Giannangeli
3 years ago

Connie, John and Jeff, We where all blessed to have John as a neighbor. Wonderful man. God bless and deepest sympathies.

Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum
3 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of John Lewis Nowak, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, John Lewis Nowak, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Mary Eileen (Stanek) Palmer
3 years ago

I worked for John several years ago as a Kelly Girl. What a nice man. So sorry for your loss!