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Helen M. Nowak, 93, rural Silver Lake

Helen Marie Nowak
Helen Marie Nowak, 93, of rural Silver Lake, died Monday, July 6, 2015.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, July 11, at the Church of the Holy Family in Silver Lake with the Rev. Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. Alice Nowak was the organist.
 
Casket bearers were Adam Nowak, Dean Schiro, Barney Nowak, Brian Webb, Dale Jaskowiak and Leo Nowak. Interment was in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.
 
Helen Nowak was born Aug. 26, 1921, in Hale Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Jaskowiak.
On Nov. 24, 1941, she was united in marriage to Edward J. Nowak at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with two children.
 
The Nowaks were engaged in dairy farming for many years in Hale Township. She loved the ducks and the poultry she raised on the farm. She loved growing a vegetable garden and had many beautiful flowers, including violets, ferns and zinnias. She always loved old-time music with her favorite being Wee Willie. She enjoyed all these things, but where she really shined was her cooking. There were many thrashing crews and family members who will remember her pies and soups.
 
She is survived by her daughter, Janet Schiro; son, Wayne (Julie) Nowak; grandchildren, Dean (Amanda) Schiro, Adam and Arlene Nowak; great-grandchildren Erek and Megan Schiro; sister-in-law, Mary Jaskowiak; brother-in-law, Carol Webb; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mary Jaskowiak; husband of 71 years, Edward; sisters, Alice Webb and Violet Grzeskowiak; brother, Ernest Jaskowiak; infant brother, Leonard Jaskowiak; and son-in-law, Fritz Schiro.
 
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made at www.mareshfu
neralhome.com.