Edward “Red” Gregory Nowak, 89, Stevens Point, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at his home while under the care of Ministry Home Hospice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 16, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Lindner officiating. Private burial will be held at Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Shuda Funeral Chapel from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with a general rosary prayed at 7 p.m. and at the church from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Nowak was born March 12, 1925, in Milwaukee, a son of the late Casmir and Josephine (Michalski) Nowak. The family moved to Edgar, and he graduated from Edgar High School.
He was married to Myrtle “Mertz” Grosskreutz Aug. 7, 1946, in the town of Cassel in Marathon County. She died in 1998.
The couple and extended family moved to Stevens Point in 1950 and opened Nowak’s Bar & Grocery. The business was operated by the Nowak family until 1964 when he and his wife took sole ownership, expanded the bar and eliminated the grocery.
Together they owned and operated Nowak’s Bar until their retirement in 1977. They hosted many polka parties over the years.
Survivors include five children, Jeffrey (Linda) Nowak, Chippewa Falls, Jerome (Sandie) Nowak, Colgate, Gregory (Robin) Nowak, New Richmond, Jennifer (John) Loehrke, Junction City, James (Lynn) Nowak, Stevens Point; one sister Betty Strong, Stevens Point; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.