Rev. Elmer C. Novak

Nov 23, 1937 - Jan 6, 2013
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 Rev. Elmer C. Novak, age 75, of Sandusky, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born November 23, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Defiance College in 1963 with a Bachelors Degree, and received a Bachelor in Divinity and a Masters in Sacred Theology from Vanderbilt University in 1967. He was ordained at Archwood Avenue United Church of Christ in Cleveland, June of 1967.

He served churches in Pittsfield, Avon Lake and Lakewood before becoming pastor of St. Stephen United Church of Christ, Sandusky in 1972. He served on many committees for the NW Ohio Association of the U.C.C. including president of the Ohio Conference in 1982. Retiring from St. Stephen in 2000, Pastor Novak then served the First Presbyterian Church and Emmanuel U.C.C., both of Sandusky.

He enjoyed learning to play the guitar and the bass with the Singara Grotto Group and the Singara Notes. He served on various community boards throughout the years, and was active with the Board of Care and Share.

He enjoyed learning to play the guitar and the bass with the Singara Grotto Group and the Singara Notes. He served on various community boards throughout the years, and was active with the Board of Care and Share.

He was a 37 year member of Perseverance Lodge #329 Free & Accepted Masons, member and past Monarch of Singara Grotto M.O.V.P.E.R, member and past President of Sandusky High Twelve Club, member of Sandusky City Chapter #72 Royal Arch Masons, member of Sandusky City Council #26 Royal and Select Masons, member and past Recorder of Erie Commandery #23 Knights Templar, and a 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth (Paddock) Novak; daughters, Bethany (Michael) Stipp and Michelle (Jerald) Johnson; and a son, Benjamin Novak; four grandchildren, Jonathon and Katherine Stipp and Henry and Anthony Garcia; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Elizabeth (Mehok) Novak; brothers, Ronald and John Novak; and sister, Betty June Sadey.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at St. Stephen United Church of Christ, 905 E. Perkins Avenue, Sandusky. Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. with a memorial service at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Jerry Fenske will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Stephen U.C.C., 905 E. Perkins Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870.

Arrangements by the Pfeil Funeral Home, 617 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH.

Online condolences may be sent to www.pfeilfuneralhome.com.