FAIRMONT - A memorial visitation for Fred S. Novak, 75, of Fairmont, Minn., will be noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Inurnment will be at a later date. Fred passed away on Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.
Frederick Stanley Novak was born July 6, 1938, in Osage, Iowa, the son of Stanley and Edith (Nelson) Novak. He graduated from Osage High School and furthered his education in Chicago. On Dec. 10, 1982, Fred was united in marriage to Della Eltgroth in Tucson, Ariz. The couple resided in Tucson before moving to Boulder, Colo. The couple later moved to Yuma, Ariz., after they retired. They spent the winters there and lived in Fairmont during the summer months. Fred and Della shared 32 years together. Fred worked at IBM as a design engineer until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club at IBM. He then returned to IBM to work as a contractor for another 10 years. During his free time, Fred enjoyed traveling with Della, fishing, ATV riding and golfing. He most loved the time he spent with his grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Della Novak of Fairmont, Minn.; children, Mike Novak and his wife, Dona of Rochester, Minn., and Kim Ross and her husband, Mike of Rochester, Minn.; step-children, Brad Scheff of Fairmont, Minn., Curt Scheff of Fairmont, Minn., Bryan Olson of Fairmont, Minn., Jim Olson of Milaca, Minn., and Julie Stob and her husband, Don of Milaca, Minn.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Ron Novak and his wife, Anita of Des Moines, Iowa; many other relatives and friends.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Edith Novak.