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Richard "Stretch" Alex Nowak

July 17, 1928 ~ March 2, 2019 (age 90)

Richard “Stretch” Alex Nowak, 90, of Alpena passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Medilodge – Alpena with his loving family at his side.

Richard was born in Alpena on July 17, 1928 to the late Alex and Louise (Januchowski) Nowak and married Elaine Saddler on June 23, 1951.  Stretch began his working career at the A & P Grocery Store (1946-1952), Huron Portland Cement Company (1952-1956) and started working for the D & M Railroad in 1956 where he worked for 36 years retiring as an engineer, the second of three generations for the Nowak family.  Stretch was an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church, its usher’s club, the Knights of Columbus Council 529: 3rd and 4th Degree.  He enjoyed his Monday morning breakfast club at the Boosters, Long Lake Association, fishing on Long Lake, but the most important to him was his family which he loved very much.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Elaine; 6 children, Jack and Deb Nowak, Jim and Julie Nowak, Dave and Laura Nowak, Joel and Sally Nowak, Mike and Laurel Nowak, Sue and Dave Leeck; 19 grandchildren, Matt (Erin) Nowak, Mark (Wendy) Nowak, Kayla (Ben) Maleport, Dan Nowak, Dana (Jarred) Wilson, Keith (Sarah) Nowak, Jared Nowak, Calie Nowak, Sara (Brett) Holsworth, Lauren (Scott) Kowalewsky, Amy Nowak, Emily Nowak, Eleazar (Ben) Sokoloff, Ryan (fiancée, Charise McClendon) Nowak, Allison (Andrew) Eagling, Cameron Rubio, Jessica Leeck, Jenna Leeck, Reed Leeck; and 12 great grandchildren.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday at the Bannan Funeral Home from 2-8 p.m. with the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.; the Parish Prayer Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by Third Degree presentation and the Fourth Degree Chalice presentation.  Visitation will continue at St. Anne Church of All Saints Parish on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Muszkiewicz officiating.

Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery

Memorials: All Saints School or All Saints Parish


Donations may be made to:

All Saints School
500 N. Second Avenue, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-354-4911

All Saints Parish
817 Sable Street, Alpena MI 49707