A graveside military burial ceremony for Anthony “Tony” V. Novak of Lake Wildwood will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley. A celebration of life will be conducted for family and friends on the San Francisco Peninsula Nov. 9.
Mr. Novak died Sunday, Oct. 13, in Lake Wildwood.
He was born in 1923 in San Francisco to Nick and Mary Novak. The family moved to Oakland, where he attended school. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a second lieutenant in the Pacific and as a platoon commander on Iwo Jima. After World War II, he graduated from California State University at Chico with a bachelor’s degree in English and physical education.
He returned to the U.S. Marines and served in Korea and Vietnam. He was a commander of an artillery battalion in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit. He retired in 1969 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He taught in the Hillsborough City School District. An outstanding eighth-grade student is awarded the Tony Novak Leadership Award each year at Crocker Middle School. The district’s annual TONY award for teaching excellence also bears his name. After his retirement, he was a preschool teacher, interim principal at three of Hillsborough’s elementary schools and a field marshal for the district.
He is survived by his wife, Nadine of Lake Wildwood; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Ellen of San Francisco; grandson, Jack Anthony of San Francisco; brother, Paul Novak of Forest Hill; and sisters Mary Howard of South San Francisco and Draga DeDwree of Sunnyvale.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945; or the Hillsborough Schools Foundation, 300 El Cerrito Ave., Hillsborough 94010.
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