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Joslyn Eleanor Novak

December 11, 1961 — January 5, 2024


Joslyn Eleanor Novak (nee Riddell), age 62, of Ashtabula, Ohio, passed away tragically from smoke inhalation in an accidental house fire on the evening of January 5, 2024.


Joslyn was born on December 11, 1961, in Ashtabula, Ohio, the daughter of John and Linda Riddell (nee Sippola). She graduated from Harbor High School, class of '80'.


Joslyn was a lover of sports and especially loved the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Guardians/Indians.  She loved the outdoors, sunning at the beach, telling jokes and riding horses at her grandparents’ farm in Williamsfield, Ohio.  She had a left-handed natural talent for her beautiful calligraphy, a southpaw baseball arm that would outdo any of the boys on the block and a keen eye for film photography.  She loved to be in social gatherings with her friends and family while hosting, celebrating and preparing the pregame meals!


Joslyn worked for a decade as a State Tested Nurse's Aid (STNA) and with a brief pause from that, she was a breast cancer survivor. She also worked as a school bus driver and in the service industry locally in the Ashtabula City and Ashtabula Harbor establishments.

Joslyn is survived by her parents, John and Linda Riddell (nee Sippola); her brothers, Dan and Erin Riddell; her husband, Dave Pasanen; her son, Steven Novak and his life partner Shannon Hubbard; her daughter, Stefani Navarrette (nee Novak) and son in-law, Eric Navarrette; and her beloved grandchildren: Savannah, Sebastian, Scarlett and Elaine. They were the joy of her life! 


The family will be celebrating Joslyn's life on Friday, January 12, 2024, calling hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service to immediately follow at 12:00 p.m. at Czup Funeral Home, 1329 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio.


 A private burial will take place in Williamsfield.  A donation page: has been set up to help Dave who lost everything in the fire including their four dogs (Dobermans), and to help the family cover the final arrangements.






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