Eric William Novak

Eric William Novak
Of Arlington Heights

Eric William Novak was born May 20, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois to Daniel and Bette (nee Burger) Novak.  He passed away April 16, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.

Eric graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree and MBA. He worked in data analysis within the public utility and consulting industries, most recently with the government. Eric was an avid hockey player and accomplished artist. He enjoyed golf, writing letters to the Better Business Bureau, and spending time with his family.  Eric was staunchly pro-life and his annual Christmas cards were anxiously anticipated by all. He will be remembered for his unconventional sense of humor and his service to his church and God.

Eric is survived by his wife of 31 years, Susanne nee Bailes; his children, Sarah (Zach) Benning and Karl Novak; his siblings, Mark (Patty) Novak, Kate (Steve) Lescohier, Mike (Alice) and Dan (Carol) Novak; and his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial visitation Friday, April 21, 2017 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (4 blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Prayers 8:45 am, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the funeral home, proceeding to Our Lady of the Wayside, 440 S. Mitchell Avenue for Mass at 9:30 am. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, World Vision or The Buddy Foundation. Funeral information and condolences or (847) 253-0168.

12 thoughts on “Eric William Novak

  1. We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend. Eric was so much more than a close friend, he was always a part of our family. It is comforting to know he had a personal relationship with God that lead him right into heaven’s doors on Easter Sunday. Only Eric would have that much clout with our Heavenly Father. His friendship was a blessing that will be treasured forever in our hearts.

    Some people are friends. Some are beloved friends. Eric was the latter. To know Eric was to love him and we are so saddened by his passing. Eric was a joyful and talented human being, a faithful husband, a strong father, a great soldier for Christ. We are honored by our association with him and made better because of it. We will miss his ever-present sense of humor, his laugh, his kindness, his love and presence in our lives.

    Goodbye beloved friend, we will always love you for the special person you were to us.

  2. To the Novak Family,

    It was my pleasure to know and work with Eric, funny, warm and caring and a great work teammate. Please accept my sincere condolences, he will be missed, so sorry I cannot attend the services.

  3. Sympathy to the whole family.. Suzanne I am so sorry I will be out of town for the services Friday and Saturday. Know that my prayers are with you.

  4. Susanne, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will be out of town for the services this weekend. Please know that I will be thinking of you during this so very sad time.

  5. Thinking of all the Novak family and so many shared memories, especially our fun New Year Day parties. Not easy to say goodbye to those we love but the wonderful times spent together will always stay in our hearts.

  6. We are deeply saddened by the great loss of our dear friend, Rick. Our prayers are with Susanne and her family during this time. This is a hard time and praying for God’s peace, strength, and comfort for the entire family.

    Love, Allison and David

  7. Novak family: My deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I had the privilege of working with Eric many years ago. One of the absolute most intelligent and creative individuals I’ve ever known. So happy I can call him my friend. Many great memories for us all, so we can remember him forever. He made us all better.
    God’s love and peace for you all.


  8. Dear Susanne and Family, Our deepest sympathies and thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Rick was a dear and beloved friend to us and our children. We have so many wonderful and fun and fond memories of all the great times spent with Rick. He was inspirational for his goodness and for his deep love and devotion to his family, friends, community and God. He will be very much missed. May your many happy memories help sustain you and may God Bless you with His peace and faith. Love always, Kurt, Patty and family

  9. Susanne and Family,
    I talked with your dad yesterday and received the bad news about Rick’s passing. Lenna and I join your countless friends in expressing our deepest sincere sympathy in your loss. We share your grief at this difficult time. Rick was an exemplar in every sense of the word, and he left a beautiful legacy to which we all should aspire. We’ve read the outpouring of condolences from others, and they all attest to the kind of man that Rick was. There is much to celebrate in the life of this remarkable man, and we join you in this celebration.

    Our love to you, Sarah, and Karl.
    Bob and Lenna Severs

  10. Dear Susanne and Family, Deepest sympathies from the Schroeder family. Rick was a dear friend for 40 years- we’ll always remember him for his positive outlook, his great sense of humor, his ability to cheer everyone up with his presence. Mike will never forget his knack for clearing pucks out of the crease in the nick of time! Rest in peace Frater. With much love, Mike, Sue, Nick, Andy, and Molly……..

  11. To the Novak Family,

    As neighbors of Alice and Mike Novak, we have been blessed to meet all of you through the years. We are so by Rick’s passing and will hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Linda and Rich Winder

  12. Dear Susanne, Sarah and Karl, please know my heart and prayers are with you this day. Rick was one of a kind–super smart and irreverently funny. While this is a sad day, I can only imagine that the Rick stories will have all of you laughing. Sending many hugs, a few tears and hopes that all of you get a few giggles out of all the stories told. xoxo

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