Born and raised in Grindstone, I graduated from Brownsville Area High School in 1991. I continued my education, graduating from California University of PA and The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. I personally do the embalming at the funeral home and I am a licensed Pennsylvania Life Insurance Agent. I am married to the former Janice Black. I attend Fort Burd UP Church and am a member of the Greater Brownsville Area Chamber of Commerce, member and former Past President of the Grindstone Lions Club, Brownsville Fire Co. No. 1 (Northside), Mon-Valley Funeral Directors Assn. and I am a board member of the Southwestern Funeral Directors Assn. As of May 25, 2005, I was also appointed Deputy Coroner for the Brownsville Area by the Fayette Co. Coroner P.E. Reilly, MD. I also design and manage the funeral homes website and social media sites. I am an avid golfer. I take great pride in being a funeral director and helping those who call on me when in time of need.
A native of Warren County, PA. I grew up in Sugar Grove. Jason and I were married on October 25, 1997 and we have 2 cats chuck and cassy.
I attend Fort Burd UP Church and am Judge of Elections of Brownsville Ward #2 . I am also a member of the Greater Brownsville Area Chamber of Commerce, Member and Past President of the Grindstone Lions Club, Brownsville Fire Co. No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary, , Mon-Valley Funeral Directors Assn. and the Southwestern Funeral Directors Assn. I have been a Brownsville Area Deputy Coroner since January 29, 2004. I love all animals and care for our 2 cats, Betsy and Beasley. As a female owner, I am available to help our families who call on us in their time of need. And because we live at the funeral home, our door is always open.
John is the father of Jason. He lives in Grindstone with wife, Karen. He is a greeter at Novak Funeral Home and also helps Jason with maintaining the funeral home. John also operates the Novak Farm in Grindstone. He is a member of St. Cecilia RC Church in Grindstone, PA.
Karen is the mother of Jason. She lives in Grindstone with husband, John. She is a greeter at the funeral home and is our gardener. She is a certified Penn State Master Gardener. Karen also works at Fort Burd Preschool as a teachers aide. She is a member of Fort Burd UP Church in Brownsville.
Bill lives in Brownsville, PA. He is a greeter at the funeral home. Bill has been a member of the funeral home staff since March of 2000. Bill is also employed by Pretty Petals, Brownsville, PA and a member of St. Mary's RC Church in Brownsville. Until its closing, now he attends St. Peter's RC Church, also in Brownsville.
Betsy (Black/White) and Beasley (Black), live above the funeral home with Jason and Janice, Betsy is missing her tail from a car accident and Beasley just came to the funeral home and decided he would like to stay here. Mr. Beasley loves the funeral home and does make appearances at visitation. We adopted them after all of this happened and we love them very much.