Constance (Connie) J. Novak, 91, formerly of Perryopolis, PA, died peacefully in Virginia Beach, VA, on May 4, 2023. Connie was a devoted disciple of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, godmother, and friend. Connie was born in Connellsville, PA, on March 27, 1932, to Julia (Watchko) and John Duboy of Leisenring, PA. She was a graduate of Dunbar Township High School (1949) and Mercy School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA (1953).
Connie was a nurse for 58 years, working at Highlands Hospital (formerly Connellsville State Hospital) until she retired in 2009. She was known as the “angel in white” because she wore her white nursing uniform throughout her entire career (scrubs were not for her!) She cared for thousands of patients and families and held a special place in her heart for each of them. She continued to care for others after she retired by volunteering at the Perryopolis Senior Center and delivering Meals on Wheels.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Perryopolis, PA, and Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach, VA. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Council 12117 in Virginia Beach. She was predeceased by her husband, Franklin Robert (Bob) Novak, her sister, Evelyn Liberatore, and brother Robert Duboy. She is survived by her daughter Diana Novak-Blakeburn, son-in-law Roy Blakeburn, son Gregory Novak, daughter-in-law Renae Novak, and grandchildren Julia and Adam Blakeburn and Breanne and Michael Novak, sister Mary Ann Novak and brother-in-law Harry Novak, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at Church of the Ascension on May 17, 2023. A graveside service and burial will be held in Perryopolis, PA, on May 22, 2023. The rosary will start at 10:30 AM at the Blair-Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory in Perryopolis, and the graveside service will follow at 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Cemetery. A reception will follow immediately at St. John the Baptist Social Hall in Perryopolis. Please join Connie’s family in celebrating her life!
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