The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


April 24, 2006

Novak, Zachary Joseph Daniel


While in Bloomington Zach was the worship coordinator at First United Methodist Church where he directed the Wesley choir and children’s choir. During his time in Anderson he was the choir director at Bethel United Methodist and choir director and organist at St. Ambrose Catholic Church where he was a member. He touched so many with his musical talents.

Zach received numerous awards during his life including the American Legion Award twice, the Arion Music Award, Best Male Vocalist 1999 and Who’s Who Among American High School & College Students. Scholarships include: The Theodore Presser Music Award, The Lilly Foundation, Anderson University Academic Honors, AU Music Award, AU Trustee Award, Tri Kappa Award, Student Exploratory Teaching, AFT Teacher’s Award, and the Herman and Anne Leaf Award.

Among other venues, he performed with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Lafayette Bach Chorale, and the Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel California. Zach was a member of Phi Kappa Lambda, & National Honors Society.

Zach is survived by a loving family, his parents, Dan and Misty; brother, Joel (wife Hillary), sister Brytni (fiancé Jason Hessler); grandparents Raymond and Rosemarie Novak, Robert and Ellen Ward, of Anderson; uncles, Mike (wife Diane) of Greensburg, Bob (wife LeDonna) of Valparaiso, Ray (wife Natalie) of Pendleton; aunts, Jodi VanWinkle (husband Pat) of Anderson, Susie Traitz (husband Jim) of Fort Lauderdale; Debra Berry (husband Ervin) of Anderson; cousins, Craig and Matt Novak, Kati, Lauren, and Amy VanWinkle, Jessica, Heather, and Alexis Novak, Jeanie and Patrick Traitz, David Sturgeon and Stephen Berry. He is also survived by his girl friend Jillian Shaw whom he loved so much, as well as many great uncles and aunts and numerous friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Thursday in Reardon Auditorium on the campus of Anderson University, 1100 E. Fifth St., Anderson. The Revs. Edward Dhondt, Robert Williams and Paul Cochran will be conducting the ceremony. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home, 515 E. 53rd St., Anderson. Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery.

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to establish memorial scholarships for future musicians. Please send contributions to: Zachary J. Novak Memorial Scholarship fund, C/O Anderson University School of Music, 1100 E. Fifth St., Anderson, IN 46012, for college music students.

Another scholarship fund is being established through the Anderson Community School Foundation for aspiring high school music students wanting to attend college, 1229 Lincoln St., Anderson, IN 46016.

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