Funeral and Burial Announcements
We are all called to prayer and to pray for those who have lost their lives. So, we will be posting information about upcoming funerals to our parish Facebook page and our website so the parish family can mourn and pray with the family of a loved one who has passed away.
A Military service will be held at
Bushnell National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513.
Service is on Monday, February 25 at 11am.
Walter's two eldest daughters, Frances from Australia and Barbara from Washington DC will be receiving guests with light refreshments at
Clubhouse #3, Betmar Estates, Zepyrhills, Florida 33542, on Sunday, February 24 from 2pm to 4pm.
Any questions call 703-978-7831 or Email Frances.Rosamond4@gmail.com
Please add your memories of Walter to theHodges Funeral Home Obituary page athttps://www.hodgesfuneralhome.com/obituary/walter-novak
Our dear Walter Antony Novak, 102 years, has returned home to God and his loved wife Sophie and many brothers and friends who preceded him. He is survived by three daughters, Frances (Australia), Barbara (Washington, DC) and Thecla (Michigan), by grandchildren Jimmy, Jennifer and Michael, Laurel and David, by greatgrandchildren Ocean, Island, Reef, Shell, James, Fiona, Kathryn, Elliot, and by sisters Mary and Ann, spouses and many friends. Walter was born in Canada. He had seven brothers and two sisters. His mother died when he was very young, and his father moved the family to rural Michigan.
Walter trained horses as a young man, and later sang many of the very old cowboy songs with the Betmar Jam Club. He served in WWII, and once saved an entire battalion from poisoned ice-cream. After the war, on the advice of a heart doctor who said it would be calming, he and Sophie bought a small farm in Michigan where he raised three daughters and a few cows, chickens and prize Duroc hogs.
After traveling the USA and becoming snowbirds for awhile, Walter and Sophie settled in Betmar. Walter wrote several books about the joys of childhood on the farm: picking cherries, home-made ice-cream, driving tractor, games and toys. A later book, The Narrow Way, is sold on Amazon.
During his 22 years at Betmar, Walter enjoyed many friends and activities including dancing, clogging, singing with the Jam Club, dominos, Bible Study, Vespers, cards, shuffleboard, and water aerobics. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. In his last two months or so on Earth, he felt that this world had gotten too small for him and he decided to move on.
Daniel Ward (December 5th, 1930-February 7th, 2019)
A funeral service for Daniel Ward will take place on February 15th at 11:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Fr. Mathew will be the presider.
Jeanette Gordon (December 8th, 1932-February 7th, 2019)
A funeral service for Jeanette Gordon will take place on February 19th at 2:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Fr. Mathew will be the presider.
Please keep our people in your prayers!
Anthony J. Yagelka
Linda St. Onge
Joe & Marah Riley
Rose Marie Putt
Harold & Penny Matthews
Robert & Joann Peck
Sue & Adolph Uryniak