Gervase "Jerry" Charles Novak

October 12, 2021


Gervase "Jerry" Charles Novak, 77, of Latrobe (Derry Twp.), PA, died peacefully October 12, 2021, surrounded by his family.  Jerry owned several businesses, including Novak's Automotive & Upholstery and Hair's the Place.  He had a passion for restoring cars and was a jack of all trades.  "Big Jer" was a generous soul and never met a stranger.  Jerry loved spending time with his family and friends, who meant the world to him.  He was an avid sports fan and also enjoyed Western movies.  He is survived by his wife Val Rossi-Novak, daughters Laurie K. Novak (Brent Cook) of St. Simons Island, GA and Leda K. Hill (Scott Yandle) of Charlotte, NC, and granddaughter Jada L. Hill, two brothers Henry "Herk" Novak Jr. (Gen Novak) and Edward Novak (Marilyn Tlumach) as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry J. Novak and Ann (Mehal) Novak, and brother Richard D. Novak.  As per Jerry's wishes, there will be no public visitation or local services.  A memorial mass will be held November 2, 2021, All Souls Day, at St. Williams Catholic Church on St. Simons Island, GA.  Frederick Funeral Home, Inc. 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650, entrusted with arrangements.  To send condolences please visit



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