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Mercedes Nowak, 92

Mercedes Delores (Quast) Nowak, age 92, of Silver Lake, passed away Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, at Hutchinson Health.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with Father Michael Doyle as the Celebrant. Interment will be at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Silver Lake.

Visitation took place Thursday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a Rosary Society and CCW Rosary recited at 5 p.m., Legion Auxiliary Prayers at 5:30 p.m.; and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Casket bearers will be Ryan Lickfelt, Mark Lickfelt, Chad Bloomberg, Shawn McCormick, Kaitlin Young, and Gerald Kucera.

Arrangements are with the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.

Mercedes was born Dec. 20, 1924, in Winsted, to John B. and Mary (Neumann) Quast.

She was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, and received her education at Holy Trinity School in Winsted.

Mercedes was joined in holy marriage to Albin D. Nowak Oct. 1, 1946, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with four children: Gladys, Albin Jr., Sharon, and Mary Jean.

Mercedes and Albin operated a dairy farm southwest of Silver Lake for many years. Albin preceded his wife in death Nov. 28, 1992.

A faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, Mercedes belonged to its CCW and Rosary Society.

She was also a member of the Silver Lake Women’s Club, Silver Lake Senior Citizens, and the Silver Lake American Legion Auxiliary.

Mercedes worked for 26 and a half years at Telex. She enjoyed craft sales.

She is survived by her daughters, Gladys (Bruce) Lickfelt, Sharon Scholl, and Mary Jean (Dave) Crawford; her son, Albin (Sue) Nowak Jr; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mercedes is further survived by brothers Joe (Irene) Quast, John (Mary) Quast, and Jim (Sharon) Quast; a sister, Theresa Hance; sisters-in-law Rosella Quast, Lorraine Quast, and Mary Quast; and many other relatives and friends.

The “Kolache Lady” will be missed by many!

In addition to her husband, Mercedes was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Glen Scholl; by her parents; an infant brother, David Quast; sisters Fidelia (Ernest) Schultz, Genevieve (Donald) Schermann, Clarine (Art) Strauss, and Alma (Marvin) Ogitzak; brothers William “Bill” Quast, Jerome Quast, and Raphael Quast; and by a brother-in-law, Jim Hance.

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