GUILDERLAND – Jacob F. “Jack” Nowak, Jr., 73, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, July 18, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Jack was born in Albany, the son of the late Jacob F. Nowak, Sr. and Anne Romanowski Nowak. He served in the U.S. Army for three years, and was employed by the State University of New York for many years, retiring as Director of Network Services, New York Network. Jack loved hunting and fly fishing, especially on the Ausable River. He also tied fishing flies, which he would share with others. In addition, he enjoyed calligraphy and wood carving. He carved many walking sticks for family and friends. He also carved walking sticks which were sold and the funds donated to veterans causes. He also was a master at flower and vegetable gardening, and his spectacular home garden was well known in his neighborhood.
Jack is survived by his beloved wife Anne P. Liotta Nowak; his daughters Debbie Carey (Rex) of Voorheesville, Dawn Nowak of Guilderland, and Dena Ackerman (Michael) of East Greenbush; his sister Dr. Judith Nowak (Esra Bennathan) of Washington, DC; his brother Richard Nowak (Linda) of Watkins Glen; his mother in law Ermina “Willy” Liotta; his grandchildren Samantha and Janel Carey, and Courtney and Kyle Ackerman; and by several nieces and nephews.
The Nowak family wishes to thank the staff of Community Hospice, the Hospice Inn, and Dr. Richard Lavigne and his staff for the wonderful care they provided to Jack.
A mass in celebration of Jack’s life will be held Friday morning at 11:00 am in Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers and mass cards, donations may be made to The Community Hospice for Hospice Inn, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.