Obit: Novak, Marianna "Mary" (1886 - 1926)

Contact:  Stan

Surnames: Novak, Nowak, Maeiejewski, Kielabanski, Hill, Czajkowski, Sapetta, Feliksik, Ziemnik, Voukan, Gaffney, Mauel, Rahn

----Source: Owen Enterprise (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 28 Oct 1926

Novak, Marianna "Mary" - Mrs. Martin (1886 - 21 Oct 1926)

Fire originating from the frying of lard and honey on the kitchen stove in the home of Mrs. Martin Novak, eight miles northeast of the city (Owen, Clark County, Wis.), Thursday evening about six o'clock, caused her death and the complete destruction of the farm home and all of its contents.

Mrs. Novak was in the act of frying some lard and honey, with which to do some baking, when the lard caught fire and rapidly spread to her clothing, and before she could put the flames out she had been badly burned about the face and entire body.

Her husband, who had gone to the barn a few minutes before to do the evening chores, did not notice the fire until he had left the barn to go to the house, when he saw his wife fighting the flames from her body. He immediately rushed into the house and tried to get his wife out of the burning building, and after he had succeeded in getting her out of doors she ran back into the fire, according to his story, and then he dragged her out again. Her burns were so severe that she died within ten minutes.

The home with its entire contents was burned to the ground before neighbors arrive on the scene to help.

Funeral services for Mrs. Novak were held Monday, the body being taken to the Catholic Church at Lublin (Taylor Co., Wis.) and burial was made in the cemetery at that place.

Biographical Information

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 12 Sep 1918

Name: Martin Nowak    Permanent Residence: Owen, Clark, Wisconsin

Farming, County: Taylor, State: Wisconsin

Birth Date: 22 Oct 1885    Race: White    Age: 33

Occupation: Farmer    Nearest Relative: Mrs. Maray Nowak, Owen, Clark, WI


1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Mary Nowak    Age: 34    Birth Year: abt 1886    Birthplace: Poland Germany [Germany; Poland]

Race: White   Gender: Female    Immigration Year: 1913

Relation to Head of House: Wife    Marital Status: Married    Spouse's Name: Martin Nowak

Father's & Mother’s Birthplace: Poland Germany [Germany; Poland]

Name: Martin Nowak [Marlin Nowak]

Age: 34   Birth Year: abt 1886   Birthplace: Poland Germany [Germany] [Deutschland; Poland]

Race: White   Gender: Male   Immigration Year: 1913

Home in 1920: Holway, Taylor, Wisconsin

Martin Nowak                   34   Farmer - general

Mary Nowak                      34


1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Martin Nowak   Gender: Male   Birth Year: abt 1885   Birthplace: Poland

Race: White     Immigration Year: 1913    Relation to Head of House: Head

Father's Birthplace: Poland    Mother's name: Mary Nowak    Mother's Birthplace: Poland

Occupation: Farmer    Age at first marriage: 26

Home in 1930: Holway, Taylor, Wisconsin

Martin Nowak   45  Head        Widowed   m. age 26 (abt 1911)   Naturalized

Mary Nowak      75  Mother    Widowed   m. age 18                      Alien      (mother of Martin)


1940 United States Federal Census

Name: Martin Nowak    Age: 53    Estimated birth year: abt 1887

Gender: Male    Race: White    Birthplace: Poland

Marital Status: Married    Relation to Head of House: Head    Farm: Yes

Inferred Residence in 1935: Holway, Taylor, Wisconsin    Residence in 1935: Same House

Sheet Number: 4B    Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 69

Occupation: Night Watchman    Industry: County Asylum

House Owned or Rented: Owned    Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 1200

Attended School or College: No    Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade

Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 48    Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work

Weeks Worked in 1939: 52    Income: 720   Income Other Sources: Yes

Home in 1940: Holway, Taylor, Wisconsin

Martin Nowak   53  Head    Poland

Anna Nowak      47  Wife     Poland                           2nd Wife

Stella Sapetta    17  Step-Daughter  WI

Adolf Sapetta    15  Step-Son            WI

James Boshnko 53  Hired Hand    b. Russia    1935 Pittsburgh


U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

Name: Martin Nowak    Birth Date: 22 Oct 1885    Birth Place: Poland

Residence: Hollway (Holway), Wisconsin, USA       Race: White    Self-Employed Farmer

Person who will always know your address: Mrs. Anna Nowak, Owen, Wisc R 2


U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014

Name: Martin Nowak    Born: 22 Oct 1885   Died: Jan 1980

Last Residence: 54771  Thorp, Clark, Wisconsin, USA

SSN: 392-30-5293    State (Year) SSN issued: Wisconsin (Before 1951)


Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997

Name: Martin Nowak    Death Date: 9 Jan 1980

Death County: Chippewa     Residence County: Clark     Certificate: 000090


1920 United States Federal Census (parents of Martin)

Name: Andrew Nowah [Andrew Novak] [Andrew Nowak]

Age: 55    Birth Year: abt 1865     Birthplace: Poland

Race: White    Gender: Male   Immigration Year: 1913

Relation to Head of House: Head    Marital Status: Married   Spouse's Name: Mary Nowah

Father's Birthplace: Poland     Mother's Birthplace: Poland

Home in 1920: Owen, Clark, Wisconsin

Andrew Nowah                55  Poland

Mary Nowah      65  Poland

Ignatz Nowah    25  Poland

Theresa Nowah                21  Dau-in-law  b. IL

Mieczysan Nowah  2 [2 8/12]   b. IL

Victoria Nowah 1 [1 0/12]  b. IL


1940 United States Federal Census    (mother of Martin)

Name: Mary Nowak   Age: 86   Estimated birth year: abt 1854  

Gender: Female    Race: White    Birthplace: Poland    Marital Status: Widowed

Relation to Head of House: Mother    Citizenship: Alien

Sheet Number: 4A    Attended School or College: No

Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 5th grade

Weeks Worked in 1939: 0    Income: 0    Income Other Sources: Yes

Home in 1940: Holway, Taylor, Wisconsin

Inferred Residence in 1935: Holway, Taylor, Wisconsin

Ignatz Nowak       45

Theresa Nowak                   41

Matthew Nowak  23

Helen Nowak        15

Sylvia Nowak          4

Mary Nowak        86  Mother


(mother of Martin)

Obit: Nowak, Mrs. Andrew (1855 - 1942)                            << Maryann (Kielabanski) Nowak (ref 1930 Census)

----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 09/10/1942

Nowak, Mrs. Andrew (25 DEC 1855 - 7 SEP 1942)

Funeral services were conducted this morning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, town of Holway, for Mrs. Andrew Nowak, 87, who died at the home of her son, Ignatz, Monday.


She was born in Poland, Dec. 25, 1855, and came to America in 1913, and lived in Chicago for about three months, after which she and her husband moved to Owen (Clark Co., Wis.), where she has since resided. Her husband preceded her in death in 1928. She was the mother of twelve sons, four of which died in infancy and three who had become of age. She is survived by five sons, Frank living in Poland, Stanley in France, Martin, Thomas and Ignatz of Owen. Also there are twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The cause of her death was attributes to old age, as she had enjoyed good health up until a few days before her passing.


The pallbearers were Joseph Sabath, Joseph Kowalewski, Anton Sapetta, John Stasek, George Hamm, Frank Pawlukiewicz and Sylvester Maeiejewski.


Those from away who came to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Andrew Talupniki and Mrs. Stanley Nowicki, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Yeski, Wild Rose; Mr. and Mrs. Everett Hill, Ladysmith, and Vickie Nowak, Evanston, Ill.


(brother of Martin)

Ignatius Nowak - Find A Grave Memorial# 120985481

Birth: Jul. 29, 1894, Poland     Death: Mar. 12, 1975, Stanley, Chippewa County, Wisconsin, USA

Son of Andrew and Maryann (Kielabanski) Nowak.

Spouse: Therea Krzykacz Nowak (1898 - 1978)*

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Withee, Clark County, Wisconsin, USA

Created by: Bev Bailey     Record added: Nov 30, 2013


(brother of Martin)

Obit: Nowak, Thomas (1889 - 1948)

----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 12/30/1948

Nowak, Thomas (14 OCT 1889 - 27 DEC 1948)


Thomas Nowak, age 59, was laid in his final resting place in the cemetery of St. Mary’s Church, at Holway, this morning. Funeral services were conducted from St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Seeboth officiating at the final rites.


Pallbearers were: Richard Gaffney, Henry Mauel, Sr., Joseph Kowaleski, Mike Kowaleski, Tony Cokiewicz and Charles Rahn.


The deceased passed away in Owen (Clark Co., Wis.) on Dec. 27th, 1948, suffering from cancer. About two months ago he had undergone major surgery and since that time had been limited in his activities. He had been residing the past summer at Spooner, but shortly after his operation returned to Owen.


Born on Oct. 14, 1889 in Poland, he came to this country as a young man and then settled in this community. He purchased a farm northeast of Owen in 1926 and farmed it successfully until a couple of years ago when he moved to Owen, living here until April of this year., when he purchased lake property at Spooner.


On June 25, 1913, at Chicago, Ill., he was united in marriage to Stella Cjakowski, who passed away in 1946. This marriage was blessed with five children, four of whom survive him. About a year and a half ago he was again married.


Surviving him are two daughters, Mrs. Everett (Bernice) Hill and Mrs. Steve (Ann) V??, two sons, Anton and Alec, two brothers, Martin and Ignatz, and his second wife.


First wife: Stella Czajkowski, 1894 – 1946

Second Wife: Josephine Machowski, 1905 –



(step- relatives of Martin from 2nd marriage ?)


BioM: Sapetta, Stacey (1947)

Surnames: Sapetta, Feliksik, Novak, Ziemnik, Voukan

----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 08/07/1947

Sapetta, Stacey (26 JUL 1947)

Stacey Sapetta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Novak of Owen (Clark Co., Wis.), was married July 26, 1947 at St. Pancratius Church in Chicago, to Marion Feliksik of Chicago, son of Mrs. Anna Feliksik, also of Chicago.



Obit: Sapetta, Edmund (1886  - 1958)

Surnames: Sapetta, Margiewicz, Bochnia, Parnewicz

----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 03/27/1958

Sapetta, Edmund (20 OCT 1886 - 19? MAR 1958)

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, March 22 at the Thorp Funeral Home for Mr. Edmund Sapetta, 71, who died at home in Lublin.  Rev. Stanley Tyburski, pastor of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, officiated, with Rev. Casimir Hess assisting.

Pallbearers were Martin Novak, Donald Hutman, John Jormoluk, Arlie Thompson, Richard Gura and James Bonczkiewicz.



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