Joe Novak

  • {Reno Gazette-Journal - February 4, 2005] - Emanuel J. Novak

    LCDR Emanuel J. Novak, USN Retired, age 75 of Sparks, Nevada died peacefully at home on February 3, 2005. A native of Irving, Kansas, he was born April 29, 1929, to Charles and Christina (Vopata) Novak.

    "Joe" Novak graduated from Marysville High School, Class of 1946, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1948. He retired from the Navy in June 1976, after 28 years, as a Lieutenant Commander, having served during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He then settled in Sparks and began to work for the Washoe District Health Department, retiring in January 1991.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Charles, Emil and Anton (Tony). He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of 52 years, son Michael of Burke, Virginia, daughters, Beverly Burger of Sparks, Nevada, Christina Greb of Reno, Nevada and Janice Fedarcyk of Arlington, Virginia, his sister Lillian Wassenberg of Marysville, Kansas, 6 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

    He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

    There will be an inurnment service at Our Mother of Sorrows cemetery on Monday, February 7, 2005 at 1pm.

    Walton's Sparks Funeral Home is handling all arrangements for the family.

Bernadean "Bernie" (Beaston) Lynch

  • BLynchOn November 3, 2005, Bernadean "Bernie" Beaston Lynch of Glen Burnie passed away at home after a courageous battle with cancer of the brain.

    She was born on October 23, 1930, in Newburg, Pennsylvania. Bernie started her schooling at four years of age by following her older brother to their one room school house at Potato Point. This one room school house was later dismantled , rebuilt and still stands today on the campus at Shippenburg State Teachers College in Shippensburg, PA. She graduated from Mechanicsburg High School in Mechanicsburg, PA in 1948.

    In 1953 Bernie enlisted in the United States Navy. Upon completion of Recruit Training and Radioman School in San Diego, CA, she was assigned duty in Washington, DC.

    In 1956 she was selected as one of the original ten WAVES to be assigned duty at NSGA, Bremerhaven, Germany. It was here that she met her future husband, James. They were married on February 16, 1957.

    The Lynch's moved into the Glen Burnie area in 1971. Bernie went to work with the Tower Federal Credit Union and retired in 1993 after 20 years of service.

    She was a member of the Harundale Presbyterian Church. She also enjoyed shopping, spending time with her grandchildren and many friends of the "Marley Milers" and also visiting casinos.

    Survivors include her beloved husband James, her loving children Jean Holland (of Woodland, WA) and Anne Clark (of Glen Burnie); her dear brother Lorrrain Beaston (of Enola, PA) and caring sister Rita Kramer (of Etters, PA). She is also the cherished grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 6.

    You can sign her remembrance guestbook here.

  • As young sailors we served together at Arlington Hall in 1953. We crossed paths again in 1967 when you and Jim came to Cyprus, and again at NCVA reunions. In all those years, the friendly and spirited person that you were continued to show true. It was good to know you. I share the hurt experienced by Jim and your family's loss. May you enjoy the peace that is now yours. - Ken Cadran

Richard Denis Mekush

  • CTO2 Richard Denis Mekush, USN, (RAD), 68, passed away 23 June 2004. He was a resident of Roseville, Michigan. He was born 29 September 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. He entered the Navy on 28 February 1955, and underwent boot training in Great Lakes, Illinois. During 1955 he attended Teleman School at NTC San Diego, and Class A CT training at Imperial Beach, California. His duty stations were Adak, Alaska (1955-1956), Arlington Hall Station (1957-1958), Bremerhaven, Germany (1958-1959). He was released from active duty in 12 February 1959 at the Receiving Station, New York. His after service employment was with McKesson-Robbins Drug Co for 40 years.

    Petty Officer Mekush remains were buried at sea with full military honors aboard the USS Saipan LHA-2 off the Southern Coast of Viriginia on 15 September 2004. The crew of SAIPAN formed a 30 man Honor Guard for Petty Officer Mekush.

Donald Loveless

  • Donald Ralph Loveless, 66, of Belfair died of colon cancer on Nov. 26, 2000, at Naval Hospital Bremerton.

    He was born March 21, 1934, in Omaha, Neb., to Lester and Ida (Sheldon) Loveless. He graduated from Omaha Technical High School in 1952. Mr. loveless joined the Navy in 1954, and retired in 1976, achieving the rank of Senior Chief. He served as a Cryptologic Technician, receiving the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, National Defence Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Air Force Unit Commendation Award.

    He married Judith Nilson on June 24, 1961, in Hancock, Maine. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Belfair. Survivors include his wife; a son, Timothy of Kent; two daughters, Patricia Brooks of Federal Way and Donna Thompson of Chanelview, Texas; two sisters, Lutie Belcher of Jamul, Calif., and Margaret McDowell of LaVista, Neb.; six brothers, Lyle of Beatrice, Neb., Grover of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., James of Carlsbad, Calif., Clyde and Oscar, both of Omaha, and Thomas of Lincoln, Neb.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold; a sister, Vera Roby; and two grandchildren.

    A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Thursday at Belfair Community Baptist Church. Cremation will take place at Poulsbo Mortuary with inurnment at Twin Firs Cemetery in Belfair at a later date. Arrangements are by Lewis Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201.

Leroy Nennig

  • No Charges In Death · February 21, 2005 [FOX 11 News]

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Sheboygan County's district attorney says no criminal charges are warranted in the traffic death of an off-duty officer rammed from behind on his motorcycle.

    Lt. Leroy Nennig Jr. was knocked down and killed by an 18-year-old motorist in August after he slowed down to inquire about a car that was in flames on the side of the road.

    The D.A. said today that the driver was distracted by the burning vehicle.

    A few seconds of distraction resulted in her smashing into the officer's bike.

    Nennig was an officer who had 29 years of experience and he was to retire this year.

    The D.A. recommended citing the teenage driver and another man who nearly missed the collision with a citation for inattentive driving.

    The offense has a maximum $400 fine.

  • [WISN Milwakee] Longtime Sheboygan Co. Sheriff's Lt. Dies In Crash

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- A 29-year veteran of the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department has died after a motorcycle crash.

    Sheriff Michael Helmke said Lt. LeRoy Nennig was killed Sunday night when the motorcycle he was driving was hit from behind by a car on Highway 23 near Sheboygan Falls.

    The 53-year-old was on his way home after providing security at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

    He was the lieutenant of criminal investigations and an officer in charge of high risk incidents for the department.

    Nennig received the Department Award of Excellence on March 14, 1991 and March 25, 1999. He also received two commendation awards.

    He had planned to retire at the end of the year.

    Colleagues told 12 News Wainscott that Sheboygan County has lost one of its finest law enforcement officers.

    "LeRoy's the kinda guy who cared about everybody, treated everybody decently -- no matter what their station in life," Sheboygan Police Lt. Don Sorenson said.

    The State Patrol is investigating the accident. It said Nennig was not wearing a helmet.

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