LITHOPOLIS — Michael (Mike) H. Nowak, 93, of Lithopolis, died at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at St. Rita’s Hospital, Lima, Ohio, following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 28, 1920 in Holland, New York, to the late Michael and Viola Nowak.
Visitation will be held 6-8:00 p.m. Monday, June 2 at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 650 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester, Ohio with a vigil service beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Funeral Mass officiated by Fr. Richard Metzger will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 5684 Groveport Rd, Groveport, OH Tuesday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow in the Lithopolis Cemetery.
On November 22, 1948, Mike married Leocadia (Lee) Harkiewicz, who preceded him in death on May 27, 2005. They were married 57 years.
He is survived by four daughters and a son: Nancy (Arthur) Utech of San Tan Valley, AZ; Linda (Jerry) Casey of Findlay, OH; Michael Nowak of Westerville, OH; Terry (Jeb) Bennett of Chillicothe, OH; and, Lisa (Kelly) Martin of Pickerington. Mickey also has 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mike served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a civilian attached to the #376 AEMS squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, Shreveport, Louisiana and Lockbourne Air Force Base, Groveport, Ohio. He retired from Western Electric’s Bell Labs (AT&T), where he achieved several patents. He could fix anything!
Mike was an avid golfer and fisherman, even up to his death.
He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Church, where he was blessed with many friends.
Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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