Baby Child 01

William Jeffrey Novak

July 29, 2018 ~ December 18, 2019 (age 1)


William Jeffrey Novak


William Jeffrey Novak, 1, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 after being diagnosed with Krabbe disease in February of 2019.

He was born on July 29, 2018 in Altoona; son of Daniel and Cassie (Manelick) Novak.

He is survived by his parents; brother, Jameson Novak; aunts and uncles, Katie and Trevor Young, Tony and Claire Fanelli, Collin and Hallie Manelick and Jillian Stec; grandparents, Karen and Dan Novak and Jeff and Jo Manelick; two great-grandmothers, Elsa Manelick and Lena Novak; and seven cousins, Joey, Laura, Grace, Chase, Della, Margo, and Theo. 

Daniel and Cassie would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff from BAYADA Pediatrics who provided exceptional care to William over the last 9 months. They would also like to thank Family Hospice of UPMC Altoona, Early Intervention of Bedford County, Chestnut Ridge Pharmacy, Fisher’s Pharmacy, Laurel Medical Solutions, and Pediatric Care Specialists for their help and support.

Friends and family will be received on Saturday, December 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be held on Sunday, December 22 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bob Marsh officiating at the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Interment will be held at the Stone Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of William to The Quinn Madeline Foundation, PO Box 721 Lynbrook, NY 11563 or Hunters Hope PO Box 643 Orchard Park, NY 14127. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by the J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home.

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December 21, 2019

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home
4305 Quaker Valley Rd PO Box 65
Alum Bank, PA 15521

Funeral Service
December 22, 2019

2:00 PM
Bedford United Methodist Church

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