Marjean M. “Jean” Nowack, 76, Marathon, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
She was born April 6, 1942, in Marshfield to the late Alexius and Lorraine (Boser) Karlen. Jean was a graduate of Marathon High School. On June 18, 1960, she married James Nowack at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cassel.
Jean worked for 21 years at Club 29 and then at Menards for 19 years. Most recently, she was employed at Curves in Rib Mountain and Wilichowski Sales in Marathon. She was an avid bowler and received recognition for participating in the State Bowling Tournament for 35 consecutive years. Her greatest joy, however, came from spending time with her family, her grandchildren and especially her husband, Jim, who was the love of her life.
Survivors include her husband, Jim, Marathon; her children, Deborah (Rev. Matthew) Mallek, Stevens Point, Russell (Gail) Nowack, Stratford, Rodney (Prudy) Nowack, Rib Mountain, Lisa (Rick Radabaugh) Nowack, Rosemount, Minn., and Greg (Kellie) Nowack, Merrill; grandchildren, Daniel (Amanda) Mallek, Nathan (Traci) Mallek, Mikayla (Andy) Schultz, McKenzie Mallek, Ethyn, Hailey and Anna Nowack, Josh (Kristin) Cebula, Laura (fiancé Josh Kralcik) West, Scott (Courtney) Lang, Phillip (Michelle) Lang, Jon Lang and Adam Radabaugh; great-grandchildren, Emory, Ira, Roman and Theo Mallek, Devin and Jaxten Moore, Emma and Ella Cebula, Lauren West, Samantha, Kristian, MacKenzie and Tyler Lang; great-great-granddaughter, Addison; brothers, Myron (MaryAnn) Karlen, Ronald Karlen and Michael (Roxanne) Karlen; and sisters, Lynette (Don) Hieronimus, Patricia Karlen and Beverly (Michael Sommer) Karlen. She is further survived by brothers-in-law, Richard (Bernell) Nowack and Mark (Karen) Nowack; sisters-in-law, Jane (Norbert) Myszka and Nancy (Steven Drexler) Schoenfuss; many nieces and nephews; as well as countless precious friends who loved her dearly and will miss her deeply.
Besides her parents, Jean was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Brenda Sue; niece, Bonnie Karlen; father- and mother-in-law, Arthur and Irene Nowack; sister-in-law, Lynn Karlen; brothers-in-law, Jerald Nowack and Roy Nowack; grandson-in-law, Jared West; granddaughter, Ashley Moore; and nephew, Todd Hieronimus.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marathon. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier presided. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Marathon. Visitation was on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Mary School, Marathon.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Hamied Rezazadeh, Lori Schutte, APNP, and Mary, Tanya and Shelly from Aspirus for the kind and compassionate care given to Jean. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier for the numerous visits with Jean both at the hospital and at her home.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.