Laverna Rosina Nowak

Laverna Rosina Nowak



Laverna Rosina Nowak, age 78, of Albert Lea, Minn., died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society in Bancroft Township, Freeborn Co., Minn. A

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Jan. 21, at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea, Minn., with Father Timothy Reker will officiating. Interment will be at a later date.  

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Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, Minn., assisted the family with the  arrangements.

Laverna Nowak was born on Nov. 5, 1935, in Frankville Township, Winneshiek County, the daughter of Felix and Bertha (Wenthold) Ehler. 

She attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Ossian, and after graduation she attended Sisters of St. Francis convent in Dubuque. 

Later, she graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn., and then worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital. 

Laverna was united in marriage to Jacob Nowak on Oct. 12, 1963, in Ossian, and was a homemaker and raised four children on a farm near Freeborn.

She was a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church and St. Theodore Catholic Church, and had a very strong faith.

Laverna loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Hobbies included baking, gardening and flowers, animals, and embroidery.  Laverna was proud of her German heritage, a true Iowan at heart, and was a wonderful role model and inspiration. She had a great sense of humor that made her beautiful blue eyes sparkle and will be missed by all.

Laverna is survived by her children, Julie (Steve) Stenzel of Wells, Minn., Deb (Roy) Gaddis of Solon, Terry Nowak of Champlin, Minn., and Marie (Kevin) Tupy of Burnsville, Minn.; grandchildren, Benjamin, Joshua, Kayla, and David Stenzel, Amanda, Rebecca, and Marissa Tupy; siblings, Ronnie of Ossian, and DiAnn Svenson of Decorah; and numerous nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob Nowak in 2009, sisters, Jeannette (LeRoy) Ihde and Marlene (Irenus) Baumler; sister-in-law Lorraine Ehler, and brother-in-law Gary Svenson.

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