Harold Joseph Nowak, age 82, of Silver Lake, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Aug. 25, 1934, in Hale Township, McLeod County, the son of Joseph F. and Elizabeth (Chmielewski) Nowak.
Harold honorably served his country in the United States Armed Services from 1955-1957.
He was joined in holy marriage with Alice Wawrzyniak Oct. 28, 1958, at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with four children.
As a young man, Harold drove truck for Reml Brothers, and had a canned milk route. He worked 26 years at Sterner Lighting, and drove a dump- truck for Gordon Mikulichek. Harold also was employed for five years by the City of Silver Lake.
Harold was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and was the former church custodian at St. Adalbert Catholic Church. He also served for 27 years on the Silver Lake Fire Department, received the Degree of Honor, and was a former member of American Legion Post 141.
Harold was a finish carpenter, enjoyed wood working, and helped Alice with “Music in the Park.”
He is survived by his loving wife, Alice Nowak; four children: Russell Nowak, Dale (Sue) Nowak, Terry Nowak, and Mary (Paul) Stifter; three grandchildren: Ben (Amber) Stifter, Jenni (Cory) Behrendt, and Mitch Nowak and significant other Kacie Walker; and three great-grandchildren: Ellie, Broox and Cayden.
Harold is also survived by special family member Shiko (Naoki) Yamada and their sons Kota, Shuta and Haruta; siblings Patrick (Shirley) Nowak, Patricia Lueck, Gary (Kay) Nowak, and Linda (Chuck) Randt; an aunt, Lillian Novak; brother-in-law Louie (Aggie) Wawrzyniak; sister-in-law Dorothy “Duff” Novak; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Charlotte Carlson; a brother, Dennis Novak; father-in-law and mother-in-law Peter and Mary Wawrzyniak; and by a sister-in-law, Ceil (Ervin) Haekenkamp.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with concelebrants Father Tony Stubeda and Father Paul Schumacher. Interment with military rites followed at St. Adalbert Cemetery.
There was visitation Monday, Jan. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a rosary recited at 5 p.m.; and a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.; and continuing Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Casket bearers were Dave Nowak, Bob Nowak, Randy Wawrzyniak, Rick Wawrzyniak, Pete Swartzer, and Doug Jurek.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.