Obit: Novak, Rev. Fr. John J. #2 (1883 - 1958)
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Surnames: Novak, Tracey, Hartung, King,
Kaim, Schuh, Seilak, Finucan, O’Reilly, Knauf, Hemmersbach,
Passehl, Koopman, Heindle, Shulz, Leketas, Zinthefer, Schmizke,
Urbic, Knoop, Schulist, Francel, Perovsek, Perushek, Gosar,
Mrzlikar, Debevec, Lindner, Kohlnhofer, Brzic, Snedic, Gregorich,
Dabiels, Thomas Multerer, Gielle, O’Shaughnessy, Brady,
Mertens, Dockendorff, Brady, Pritzl, Baumann, Henry, Steinhauser,
Hoffmann, Raschke, Disher, Agnew, Schreiber, Dillenburg, Hardy,
Geissler, Comiskey, Wohlmuth, Udulatch, Rossiter, Bornbach, Crubel,
Timmerman, Yandoesevits, Eisenmann, Muller, Brockman, Berg,
Grassel, Eichman, Mullen, Karlhenn, Schumchak, Oberwinder,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) February 27, 1958
Novak, Rev. Fr. John J. (21 June 1883 -
21 February 1958)
Priest Served in Holy Family Church 16
years, in Greenwood for 14 years
A solemn Pontifical Mass of requiem was
read Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. by the Most Rev. John P. Tracey,
Bishop of La Crosse, at St. Mary’s Church in Greenwood for
the Rev. Fr. John J. Novak, 74. He died February 21 at St.
Joseph’s Hospital in Dubuque, Ia., following a lingering
Father Novak was born June 21, 1883, in
Dobrova, Yugoslavia. He came to America at the age of 16.
After preliminary schooling he studied for the priesthood at St.
Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, and then entered St. Paul Seminary
in St. Paul, Minn., for his theological courses.
He was ordained to the priesthood at
Lead, S. D., on December 18, 1908.
He did mission work in South Dakota, and
then furthered his education at Catholic University in Washington,
In 1917 he was appointed to the Diocese
of La Crosse, serving Holy Family parish in Willard. He
became pastor of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford,
in September, 1933, and on January 16, 1937, he assumed duties as
pastor of St. Mary’s Church of Greenwood, where he remained
for the next 14 years.
Following a brief leave of absence he was
appointed to St. Michael’s in Junction City on November 15,
He retired from active parish work on
June 4, 1955, and spent his time in Willard and Marshfield until
last November, when he was injured in an automobile accident near
A rosary was said Sunday afternoon at the
Bergemann Funeral Home in Neillsville, and Monday the body was
taken to Greenwood, where rosaries were said at 8 and 8:30
p.m. The Rev. Fr. Edward Hartung offered a requiem Mass
Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and the Pontifical Mass was read at 11 a.m.
Burial was made in the Holy Family
Cemetery at Willard.
The Most Rev. John P. Treacy, Bishop of
La Crosse, offered the requiem Mass and gave the final
absolution. Other officers for the Pontifical Mass were:
Assist. Priest, Rev. N. E. King, Loyal; Deacon of Honor, Fr. E.
Kaim, Junction City; and Fr. G. Schuh; Sub-Deacon of mass, Fr.
Jerome Seilak, O. F. M., Willard; Master of Ceremonies, The Very
Rev. Monsignor James P. Finucan, La Crosse; Assist. Master of
Ceremonies, Fr. Edward Hartung, Greenwood; Thurifer, Fr. Don
O’Reilly; Mitre, Fr. E. Knauf; Gremial, Fr. A. Hemmersbach;
Book, Fr. George Passehl; Candle, Fr. L. Koopman; Acolytes, Fr. F.
Heindle and Fr. Schulz.
Priest pallbearers were: Fr. Peter J.
Leketas, Fr. A. Zinthefer, Rev. Schmizke, Rev. R. Urbic, Rev. F.
Knoop and Rev. J. Schulist.
Honorary pallbearers were: Frank Francel,
Frank Perovsek, Ludwig Perushek, Anton Gosar, John Mrzlikar and
Anton Debevec, all of Willard. Those from Greenwood were:
Andrew Lindner, John Lindner, Joe Kohlnhofer, John Brzic, John
Snedic and Joe Gregorich.
The following Very Rev. Monsignors attended: William Dabiels, Norman Thomas, A. N. Schuh, W. Multerer, Charles Gielle, Thomas O’Shaughnessy, Francis J. Brady, and the following Rev. Fathers: Michael Mertens, Carl Dockendorff, Charles Brady, John J. Pritzl, A. F. Baumann, B. F. Henry, Joseph Steinhauser, Herbert Hoffmann, R. Raschke, F. s. Disher, John J. Agnew, B. Schreiber, Walter J. Dillenburg, George Hardy, Walter J. Dillenburg, R. J. Geissler, Eugene Comiskey, Carl Wohlmuth, Joseph Udulatch, Richard Rossiter, Raymond Bornbach, H. L. Crubel, L. H. Timmerman, Robert Agnew, Philip Yandoesevits, M. S. C., Joseph Eisenmann, G. J. Muller, Francis J. Brockman, Donald M. Berg, Joseph Grassel, Dominic Eichman, Thomas E. Mullen, Fred Karlhenn M. S. C., S. Schumchak, R. J. Oberwinder, R. Ronbolski, L. B. Kegan.
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