Frank Novak

Obituary of Frank G. Novak

Frank G. “Bunsie” Novak, 96, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Loyalhanna Senior Suites. He was born on February 17, 1923 in Mutual, PA, a son of the late Joseph and Anna (Novitsky) Novak. He played football at Greensburg High School, where he was an All-County center, and earned a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh. After his freshman year, he volunteered to join the Air Force during WWII. He was a B-24 pilot, and eventually retired as a Major with 20 years in the Air Force Reserve. He married Estelle Nifong on September 8, 1951, and they spent the next 60 years lovingly together until her passing in 2011. He worked as a coalminer in Fairmont, WV, prior to returning to school at Duquesne University where he obtained his Bachelors and eventually Masters Degrees in Education. He worked as a teacher at Hempfield High School for 32 years, where he taught social studies and developed and supervised the Work-Study program. He also served as a member of the Greater Latrobe School Board, and later, as a Unity Township Auditor. He lived his life to the fullest, and especially loved spending time with his family at his childhood home in Mutual. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter Mary Ann Novak, sisters Anna Gera, Marie Van Pelt, Agnes Rusinko, Victoria Trumbore, and brothers Andrew and Joseph Denis, and Joseph “Cop” and Bernard “Bert” Novak. He is survived by his sister, Rose Black, and children Frank (Pam) Novak, Jr. of Latrobe, Nancy Novak of Greensburg, and Steven (Dawn) Novak of Rochester, NY, as well as grandchildren Teresa (John) Mongelluzzo of Greensburg, Cameron (Rachel) Novak of Fredericksburg, VA, Michael (fiancée Jessica) Novak of Pittsburgh, Danielle and Stephanie Novak, and great grandchildren Talia, Marco and Chiara Mongelluzzo. The Novak family would also like to extend a special thanks to his neighbor and caring friend Jim Grossman, as well as Bridges Hospice and the employees at Loyalhanna Senior Suites for their compassionate care. Family and friends will be received Friday Dec. 20th from 6-8 PM at the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Military honors accorded by the Latrobe-Derry Veterans Honor Guard will be held at 9:15 AM Saturday, Dec. 21st in the funeral home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday at St Rose Roman Catholic Church, 4969 Route 982, Latrobe. Private interment will be in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bridges Hospice, 515 Pleasant Valley Rd, Trafford, PA 15085, online,,  or a charity of one’s choice. To post an online condolence, please visit


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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, December 20, 2019
Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home Chapel, Inc.
1500 Ligonier Street
Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, December 21, 2019
St. Rose Church
4969 State Route 982
Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States

Military Honors

Military Honors accorded by the Latrobe-Derry Veterans Honor Guard will be held at 9:15 AM Saturday in the funeral home.
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