Arthur F. Nowak Sr., age 87, of rural Silver Lake, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at his home.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Arthur Nowak Sr. will take place Monday, Feb. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with Father Tony Stubeda, Father Paul Schumacher, and Father Cornelius Ezeiloaku as the concelebrants.
Interment with military rites will follow at St. Adalbert Cemetery.
There was visitation Sunday, Feb. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Casket bearers will be James Dahlke, Timothy Dahlke, Andrew Nowak, Kyle Stifter, Paul Nowak, Mark Nowak, and Jeremy Schuch.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.
Arthur was born Feb. 24, 1928, in Silver Lake, the son of John and Mary (Goranowski) Nowak.
He honorably served his country in the United States Army. He fought in the Korean War.
Arthur was joined in holy marriage with Bernice Kostecka June 16, 1953, at St. George Catholic Church in Glencoe. God blessed their marriage with nine children.
Arthur and Bernice engaged in dairy farming for many years in Hale Township, McLeod County.
Arthur was dedicated to his family. He was a hard worker, enjoyed fishing, and had a good sense of humor.
He was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, and a former trustee at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. He also belonged to the Silver Lake Knights of Columbus Council 1841, Silver Lake American Legion Post 141 and Hutchinson VFW Post 906.
Arthur is survived by his nine children: Shirley Nowak, Barb Nowak, Nina (Keith) Stifter, Randall (Pamela) Nowak, Julie Schuch (Doug Karg), John (Kathy) Nowak, Connie (Brad) Schultz, Art (Karen) Nowak Jr. and Barney Nowak (Laurie McDowell); and 17 grandchildren: James (Jenny) Dahlke, Timothy Dahlke (Carissa), Andrew (Kelsey) Nowak, Amanda (Nick) Johnson, Kyle Stifter (Sandy Tatro-McCollum), Jaclyn Stifter, Kristine (Tim) Burmeister, Jessica (Matt) Simonson, Jennifer Nowak, Jillian Schuch, Jeremy (Leah) Schuch, Paul Nowak, Mark Nowak, Nathan Schultz, Hunter Schultz, Emily (Jared) Mathwig, and Tyler Nowak.
He is further survived by 16 great-grandchildren: Travis, Zach, and Madison Dahlke, Grace, Graydon, and Kinley Dahlke, Connor Nowak, Tyson Johnson, Nayah Tamfu, Hailey, Gracie, and Nora Burmeister, Madelynn Schuch, and Abigail, Natalie, and Eva Mathwig; a sister, Valeria Rozeske; a brother, Stanley (Mary Ann) Nowak; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; his parents; two brothers; and two sisters.