Cyril M. Novak, age 92 of Grafton, ND passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at his home in Grafton.
Cyril Marcel Novak was born June 12, 1927 in Prairie Center Township, Walsh County, ND the son of the late Anton and Margaret (Barta) Novak. He grew up and attended school there. Cy served in the US Army from September of 1946 to December of 1947, serving in Japan. Upon his discharge he returned home and attended Hanson’ s Tech School in Fargo. After graduating he started working at Silliman’s Implement in Park River. He met Delores Wooldridge there and the couple married on November 23, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Cyril went to work for Wilson Brother’s in Grafton and worked there for 38 years. He also had a windshield repair business. He drove potato truck for Torkelson Farms and beet truck for Keeley Brothers.
Cyril was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was the DDP chairman under Fr. Lommel for 2 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3918, Grafton VFW and Grafton American Legion Posts. He volunteered at the Walsh County Food Pantry and washed dishes at the parish center. He enjoyed bowling and wood working and was proud of the 1929 Chevrolet that he restored.
Cyril is survived by his wife of 64 years, Delores J. Novak, Grafton, ND; his children: Kimberly Novak, Barnesville, MN; Keith (Nancy) Novak, Fairfax, VA; Curtis (Laurie) Novak, Crary, ND; Carmen Toso, Duluth, MN; Brian (Stacy) Novak, Baudette, MN; Bradley (Hope) Novak, Grand Forks, ND; Grandchildren: Sarah McCullough, Katie Krob, Tina Skaflen, Adelle Novak, Alan Ravy, Tawnya Azar, Ryan Novak, Melissa Gilbert, Tommy Novak, Emily Ruch, Dominic Novak, Derek Novak, Karen Novak, Jonathan Novak, Elijah Novak, Sean Novak, Christopher Novak, Austin Novak, Daniel Novak; 10 great grandchildren, his brother, Leonard Novak, Grafton, ND; sister: Doris Wilhelmi, Blue Earth, MN; sisters-in-law; Elaine Novak, Dorothy Novak, Ruth Wooldridge and Alyce Veralrud. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Clair M. Novak in 1992, brothers: Tony, Vivian, Herman; sisters, Florence Pecka and Edith Ramsey Flint; brothers-in-law, Maynard Wooldridge, Dick Wilhelmi, Louis Lovcik, Gordon Veralrud and Russel Midgarden; sisters-in-law; Grace Midgarden, Carol Lovcik, Ellen Novak.
Private family services will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 with interment at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Grafton, ND. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer memorials to St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held after COVID-19 restrictions area lifted.