Leona A. Nowak, age 64, of Hutchinson, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term & Hospice Care.
She was born Aug. 20, 1951, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital, to Leo J. and Angeline I. (Kuras) Nowak of Silver Lake.
Leona was baptized, received Solemn Communion, and Confirmation, all at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake.
She attended grade school at St. Adalbert Catholic School. Her high school years were at Silver Lake Public School, and she graduated in 1969.
Leona was unfortunate to get polio at 14 months of age. However, she did waitress work during high school summer vacation time and on weekends. Later, she became employed at 3M in Hutchinson, where she worked for two months short of 40 years. She enjoyed her jobs and the people she worked with.
Leona enjoyed gardening and other chores working outdoors. She also enjoyed going to the farm and helping there. She loved flowers, especially if they were yellow; liked to fish, and was sometimes lucky to get a good-sized northern.
Leona also loved music. She was a talented person who did some quilting and needlework, and enjoyed reading, going out to eat with her family, visiting the Minnesota Arboretum, and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo J. and Angeline Nowak; grandparents John and Anastasia Kuras, and John and Mary Nowak; and aunts and uncles Leo and Clara Kulinski, George and Angeline Kaczmarek, Edward and Helen Nowak, Art and Bernice Nowak Sr., George Chap Sr., Casimer Rozeski, Rose Trnka Dressler, Henry Trnka, Harold Dressler, Fred and Lottie Urban, and Ernest and Betty Kuras.
Leona is survived by her brother, Leo; two sisters: Veronica and Joann; an aunt, Valeria Rozeski; an uncle, Stanley and his wife, Mary Ann Nowak; and also many cousins.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Aug. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with Father Paul Schumacher and Father Tony Stubeda as the concelebrants. Alice Nowak was the organist for the Mass. Shirley Nowak was the reader, and Leo J. Nowak was the urn bearer. Interment followed at Holy Family Cemetery.
There was visitation Sunday, Aug. 21 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake; with a CCW rosary recited at 4:30 p.m., and a prayer service at 6:15 p.m. Visitation continued Monday morning, Aug. 22 at the funeral home from 9 to 10 a.m.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.