Helen Marie Nowak, age 93, of rural Silver Lake, died Monday, July 6, 2015.
She was born Aug. 26, 1921, in Hale Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Kaczmarek Jaskowiak.
Helen was united in marriage to Edward J. Nowak Nov. 24, 1941, at the St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with two children.
Helen and Edward were engaged in dairy farming for many years in Hale Township. Helen loved the ducks and poultry that she raised on the farm.
She also loved growing a vegetable garden, and had many beautiful flowers, including violets, ferns. and zinnias. Helen always loved old time music, with her favorite being Wee Willie.
She enjoyed all these things, but where she really shone was with her cooking. There were many thrashing crews and family members who will remember her pies and soups.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Janet Schiro; son Wayne (Julie ) Nowak; grandchildren Dean (Amanda) Schiro, and Adam and Arlene Nowak; great-grandchildren Erek and Megan Schiro; sister-in-law Mary Jaskowiak; brother-in-law Carol Webb; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mary Jaskowiak; husband of 71 years, Edward; sisters Alice Webb and Violet Grzeskowiak; a brother, Ernest Jaskowiak; an infant brother, Leonard Jaskowiak; and a son-in-law, Fritz Schiro.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m. at Church of the Holy Family in Silver Lake, with Father Paul Schumacher as the celebrant, and Alice Nowak the organist for the funeral Mass. Interment was in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, July 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., and a CCW rosary at 5 p.m. Visitation continued Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home, prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers were Adam Nowak, Dean Schiro, Barney Nowak, Brian Webb, Dale Jaskowiak, and Leo Nowak.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mareshfuneralhome.com.