Florian Michael Nowak, age 87, of Silver Lake passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at Cedar Crest of Silver Lake.
He was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Silver Lake, the son of Boylish and Frances (Jurek) Nowak; and was baptized and confirmed at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake.
Florian and Marietta Fasching were joined in holy marriage Sept. 5, 1950, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with 10 children; and they celebrated nearly 63 years of marriage.
Florian engaged in dairy farming, and also raised poultry, sheep, and hogs. He also was a Pioneer Seed salesman, and served as a township assessor.
Florian was a loving and caring man, who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He enjoyed playing the concertina.
Florian is survived by his children: Diane (Bill) Hlavka, Mary Ann (Mark) Madson, Phil Nowak, Joyce (Gary) Jerabek, Kathy (Bruce) Exsted, Jeanette (Larry) Mickolichek, and Gerry Nowak (Becky); 26 grandchildren: Kristin Hlavka, Steph (Jim) Smyth, Jackie Hlavka (Trevor), Marisa (Mike) McKeever, Allyson Hlavka, Amy (Grady) Knuth, Matt (Brianne) Nowak, Heidi Salisbury, Mike (Heather) Piehl, Janae (Jarrod) Witte, Kate Madson, Anne Madson, Jason (Sarah) Jerabek, Joel (Hannah) Jerabek, Jon (Beth) Jerabek, Kelli Nowak (Kelly), Cory Nowak, Stacy (Derek) Clarkin, Darrin Exsted, Ryan Exsted, Megan Mickolichek and (Adam), Jamie Mickolichek and (Adam), Alexandra (Yancey) Nowak, Erin Nowak, Joanna Nowak and Zach Nowak; and 15 great grandchildren: Rosalyn, Audrey and Lilian Smyth, Emma Salisbury, Jack and Joey Jerabek, Brynn, Isla and Elam Clarkin, Caleb and Liam Piehl, Austin Catlin, Fulton Anderson, Elsie Jerabek and Lyla Knuth.
He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Eischens; sisters in law and brothers in law Lucille Nowak, Ed (Irene) Fasching, Joseph (Anne) Fasching, Jack Fasching, Irene Otto, Grace (Jim) Nolan, Rose (Syl) Mallak, and Linda (Gary) Ruhland; and many other relatives and friends.
Florian was preceded in death by his wife, Marietta Nowak; sons Mike, Larry, and Chris Nowak; a granddaughter, Amanda Nowak; a great-grandson, Kaydin Salisbury; his parents; a brother, Harry Nowak Sr.; a sister, Cecelia Jaskowiak; father-in law and mother-in-law Joseph and Appolonia (Stifter) Fasching; and brothers-in-law Bernard Jaskowiak and Laurence Eischens.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Florian Nowak took place Thursday, March 3 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with Father Tony Stubeda, Father Paul Schumacher, and Father Mark Mallak officiating. Interment followed at St. Adalbert’s Cemetery.
Visitation was Wednesday, March 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.; and continued Thursday morning, one hour prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers were Harry Nowak Jr., Steve Nowak, Frank Nowak, Duane Jaskowiak, Tom Eischens, and Kevin Jacques.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.