Louis Joseph Nowak, age 82, of Silver Lake, passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
He was born May 23, 1933, in Hale Township, McLeod County, the son of Louis and Louise (Pokornowski) Nowak Sr.
Louis honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1954-1956.
He was joined in holy marriage to Yvonne Jilek Aug. 13, 1957, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake.
Louis engaged in dairy farming in Hale Township, McLeod County, for many years.
He was a faithful and lifelong member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus and to The American Legion.
Louis is survived by his wife, Yvonne; children: Jim (Deb) Nowak, Ann (Bruce) Schermann, Lois (Michael) Schermann, and Ervin (Teresa) Nowak, all of Silver Lake; 11 grandchildren: Bradley (Angie) Nowak, Kevin (Brittany) Nowak and Justin (Elizabeth) Nowak, Andrew (Donisha) Miller, Nathan Schermann and Gregory Nowak, Amanda Schermann, Leah Schermann, Jamie Nowak, Carter Nowak and William Nowak; and five great-grandchildren: Aiden Nowak, Ethan Nowak, Calvin Nowak, Jaelyn Miller and Levi Miller.
He is further survived by a brother, Clarence (Margie) Nowak of Missouri; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Arlene (John) Wendolek of Silver Lake; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son, David Nowak; his parents; an infant brother, Joseph; brothers Felix (Elmerine) Nowak and Edmond (Bernadine) Nowak; father-in-law and mother-in-law Carl and Blanche Jilek; and by a brother-in-law, Ronald (Veronica) Jilek.
A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with Father Tony Stubeda and Father Paul Schumacher as the concelebrants. Interment followed at St. Adalbert Cemetery, with military rites.
There was visitation Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a prayer service at 6 p.m., followed by a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Honorary casket bearers were Amanda Schermann, Leah Schermann, Jamie Nowak, Carter Nowak, and William Nowak.
Casket bearers were Bradley Nowak, Kevin Nowak, Justin Nowak, Andrew Miller, Nathan Schermann, and Gregory Nowak.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.