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Helen V. Nowak

July 19, 1951 ~ November 12, 2020 (age 69)


Helen V. Nowak, 69 ,of Washington, passed away on November 12, 2020. Helen, daughter of the late John Longsdon and his wife Catherine NEE Luedeloff, was born July 19, 1951 in St. Louis, MO. She lived her entire life in Clover Bottom. Helen received her education from Immaculate Conception and Washington High School.  In 1968, Helen was crowned the Franklin County Sesquicentennial Queen and it was an honor she was proud of. On February 5, 1972, she was united in marriage to Michael Nowak at St. Ann's Church in Clover Bottom. This year, they were blessed to celebrate 48 years of marriage.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Frances and James Longsdon. Her Father in law Julian "Corky" Nowak and brother in law Joseph Nowak.

Among her survivors are her husband Michael Nowak of Washington; five children: Jay Nowak and wife Colleen, Nathan Nowak and wife Katie, Natalie Pollock and husband Mark, Neil Nowak and wife Sarah, and Kassie Nowak; Grandchildren: Cade, Jake, Kendall, Clara, Evelyn, Avery, Colvin, Quinton, Harris, and Stella; Siblings: Shearon Ballmann, Carol Luechtefeld, Sue Terschluse, Kaye Atkins, Kenneth "Moe" Longsdon, and Gene Longsdon; mother in law LaVerne Nowak; sisters in law: Donna Bard, Debbie Beste, Angie Groene, Pam Gildehaus, Sheila Brinker and Barb Nevills; brothers in law:  Karl Nowak, and Matt Nowak; other family and friends.

Helen dedicated her life to her family and friends. Her desire to help those in need was something she cared deeply about and she did as covertly and as often as possible. Her laugh is unforgettable, her heart immeasurable and her spirit admirable.

A private family service will be held at St. Gertrudes Catholic Church, with interment in the church cemetery. Out of love and the safety for family and friends, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations can be made to St. Gertrude Church for masses, St. Gertrude School or St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Athletic Association.

Arrangements in care of Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, Washington.

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