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Janice Lynn (Black) Novak

November 9, 1973 ~ August 5, 2021 (age 47)

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Janice Lynn (Black) Novak, 47, of Brownsville, PA passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Born November 9, 1973, in Warren, PA, the daughter of Patrick and Susan Black of Russell, PA.,

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Lillian Rockwell, paternal grandparents Lester and Mary Black, sister- in- law Jody Novak and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Janice graduated in 1991 from Eisenhower High School in Russell, PA. She was a 1995 graduate of Thiel College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, with degrees in Business and Funeral Directing. She was the co-owner of Novak Funeral Home, Brownsville, PA.

Janice was compassionate, friendly and funny. Her service to and impact on her community as a funeral director and comforting friend was far reaching. She was an active member of the Brownsville Fire Co. #1 Ladies Auxillary, Grindstone Lions Club where she served as past president, Southwestern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Brownsville Events Committee board member, the former Brownsville Professional Women's group and she was also the Judge of Elections for Brownsville Boro Ward 2.

Her family will remember her sharp sense of humor, her generosity of support and time for her nieces and nephew and her love for all of her family and all animals, especially cats. She loved all cats; her own, Beesly (Bubby, Beez) and Betsy (Doop), the neighborhood cats Momma, Miss Priss and Dood, stray cats and she was a strong supporter of cat rescue and foster programs.

Janice enjoyed beach trips to Topsail Island NC with her parents, sisters , aunt, nieces and nephews, traveling around the world with her husband, in-laws and friends, reading, Diet Mountain Dew, morning coffee, French toast, Drumsticks ice cream cones, a glass of sweet wine, playing games and puzzles on her iphone, sitting on the front porch with all the neighborhood cats, watching tv and movies especially The Italian Job, Modern Family, 90 Day Fiance, Mom and Friends reruns, knitting, going to Alpine Lake in WV,  St. Patrick's Day at Bud Murphy's, dressing up for Halloween and giving treats to all the local kids at the funeral home, thrift shopping, cat jewelry, slip on Skechers shoes, getting her hair and nails done at Envy, listening to Pink, Maroon 5 and Christina Perri, hand fans, attending Pittsburgh Penguins games, shopping for and planting flowers at the funeral home, Cinco De Mayo parties at her in-laws, Forth of July parties with friends and relatives, Steelers tailgate parties at the Eperjesi's, Valentine's Day game nights at the Depto's, her Mini Cooper Convertible, volunteering and supporting many organizations in her community and spending time with good friends.

In addition to her parents, Janice is survived by her husband Jason of 23 years and their cats Beesley and Betsy; sisters Sharon (Kevin) Goode of Erie, PA and Carin (Rick) Giannini of Warren, PA; nieces and nephew Ellen Morrison, Dominick Giannini, Emma Morrison, and Lydia Giannini; father and mother in- law John and Karen Novak. Janice is further survived by a large extended family of aunts and uncles Phillip (Jeanette) Rockwell, Rose (Clare) Theuret, Mary Meley, and Nancy Theuret and many cousins.

Friends and family will be received in the NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 515 Front Street, Brownsville, PA 15417 from 3 -6 PM Sunday August 8, 2021 and Monday August 9, 2021 from 10 - 11 AM the hour of service with the Rev. Roger Diehl officiating.  

Burial will be a private ceremony in her hometown.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to Fayette Friends of Animals, 223 Searights Herbert Road, P.O. Box 1282, Uniontown, PA 15401, Cat Rangers Rescue Group, P.O. Box 132 Acme, PA 15610 or a community service organization of your choice. 

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August 8, 2021

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Novak Funeral Home
515 Front Street
Brownsville, PA 15417

Funeral Service
August 9, 2021

11:00 AM
Novak Funeral Home
515 Front Street
Brownsville, PA 15417

Please note
A dinner of remembrance and sharing will follow the funeral services on monday, August 9, 2021 at the Northside fire hall across the street from the funeral home, we welcome all of Janice's family, friends and neighbors to attend.
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