Obit: Novak, Rudolph (1932 - 1970)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) July 23, 1970

Surnames of the family: Novak, Plonka, Mohr, Wroblewski, Kramer, Basara, Pack, Wallers, Werdermann, Staszak, Schanen, Jelinek, Jingle, Klatt

Novak, Rudolph (2 April 1932 - 20 July 1970)


Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. from the Georgas Funeral Home here for Rudolph Novak, age 38, widely known resident of the town of Dewhurst who apparently drowned in a backwater of Lake Arbutus while fishing on Monday, July 20. He and his family were at the backwaters for a picnic and fishing. Mr. Novak was in a boat and his wife and children were on the shore nearby, when he either suffered a heart attack or lost his balance, and toppled forward out of the boat into about 15 feet of water, as he was casting out his line, and his fishing rod went into the water behind him. His wife went to the Staszak home for help and upon returning brought Mrs. Pat Staszak to swim out to him. His body was afloat and she told the rescue people when they arrived that he had passed on. An autopsy will be performed.

The Rev. D. E. Sprague of the Assembly of God Church will be in charge of the service. Burial will be made in the Hatfield Cemetery.

Rudy was born April 2, 1932, to Thomas and Frances (Plonka) Novak, in Jackson Co. He received his education in Chicago, Ill., and in Clark and Jackson Co. schools. He worked on his parents’ farm and for the Green Bay and Western Railroad for 19 years; He was employed at the Jackson County Iron Company at the time of his death.

Mr. Novak married the former Dolores Mohr on August 31, 1957, in Neillsville, Wis. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church, and a member of the B.M.W.E. Union No. 603, Railway employees for 19 years.

Survivors include his wife and three children Barbara Kay, Robert Allen and Thomas Albert Novak all at the family home, two sisters, Mrs. Harry (Ann) Wroblewski of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Milton (Lillian) Kramer of Skokie, Ill., and four nieces and 3 nephews.

Preceding Mr. Novak in death were six siblings as infants: a sister Emily Basara, and his parents.

(His full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.)

----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) July 30, 1970


Funeral services for Rudolph Novak, age 38, who died July 20 from a heart attack while fishing at Hatfield, were held Friday from the Georgas Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. D. E. Sprague officiated. Burial was made in the Hatfield Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: John Apfel, Gordon Hameloth, Boyd L Wilfong, Fred A Wilfong, Gilbert Gile, Joseph Pasek and Ervin Gruper. Honorary pallbearers were: James Matti, John Staszak, Sven Bonskold, Clarence Wilson, Herman Muhe, James Dunlap and Walter Wallers.

Mrs. Gordon Johnson, of Black River Falls sang, "Near the Cross" and "Sometime We’ll Understand".

People attending from out-of-town included: Mrs. Harry Wroblewski and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kramer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kramer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kramer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Kramer, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd L Wilfong, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wilfong, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wilson, all of the Chicago area; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wallers of Bridgeview, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wallers of Cicero, Ill.; Mrs. Sandra Pack of Waukegan, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Peter Werdermann of Wildwood, Ill.; Rev. H. E. Rideout, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Klatt of Alma Center; Mr. and Mrs. Chester Novak and Wayne of Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hameloth and Sally, Mrs. Tillie Buker, Sidney Lewis, all of Willard; Mr. and Mrs. Merton Hagen of Pigeon Falls, Mrs. Agnes Schanen of Port Washington, Mr. and Mrs. James Mattie of Humbird; Mrs. Clarence Olson, Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Johnson of Black River Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Friesen of Marshall, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Strey and Susie of Loyal; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Muhe of Fairchild; Mrs. Richard Jingle, Walter Jingle Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jingle Sr., Mrs. Frank Polick, Mrs. John Pasek, Clara Pasek, Joe Pasek, Mr. and Mrs. John Dickinson, Mrs. Caroline Bohac, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Gruper, Gilbert Gile, Edward Basara, all of the Merrillan area; Mrs. Caroline Miller, Mr. and Mrs. George Marek, Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. John Staszak, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jelinek, of the Hatfield area; Wanita Spurgin, Mr. and Mrs. Andreas Lutz, of Neillsville, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Smagacz and many more from the surrounding area.

(I, the transcriber, am the widow of Mr. Novak. I wish to add that in the ‘many more’ at the funeral from the Neillsville area would be my parents Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mohr and several of my siblings and others of my relatives.)



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