Goldie M. Novak

January 8, 1917 - May 26, 2019

Goldie M. Novak, age 102, died peacefully, May 26, 2019 at Sunrise Senior Living in Edina. She was born January 8, 1917 in Lanesburgh Township, Le Sueur County, MN to Fred August Jahn and Sophie M. (Ruehling) Jahn.  She grew up in rural New Prague and attended Le Sueur County District School.


She was baptized at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lanesburgh and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Montgomery.  As a young woman she taught Sunday school at Friedens.  She married Edward J. Novak on June 20, 1942 in New Prague. Goldie and Edward raised their family in Helena Township, Scott County where she was a homemaker.  She has lived in Edina for the last 6 years.


Goldie was a lifelong member of Friedens Lutheran Church and belonged to Friedens Ladies Aid. She enjoyed long walks, gardening, baking, traveling the world, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


Goldie is survived by her children Allen (Virginia) Novak, Carole (Leon) Goldenman, Linda Novak , Joanne Novak (McGuire), Jeanne (Thomas) Sween; 20 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by parents, husband Edward Novak, granddaughter Michelle Lee Goldenman (in infancy), and sisters Gladys Kodadek, Selma R. Bohnsack, and son-in-law Steven Baldwin.


Funeral service will be Sunday June 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Friedens Lutheran Church, Lanesburgh, MN with Pastor Henry Koch officiating.  Visitation will be in church on Sunday one hour prior. Burial will be in Friedens Lutheran Cemetery in Lanesburgh.  Reception in church hall will follow.  Memorials may be sent to Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Prague.

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Jean Zimanske

My sincerest sympathy to Goldie’s family. I so enjoyed taking care of your Mom throughout the years at Main Street Dental. She was one classy lady who was filled with kindness, warmth and joy. Truly an inspiration as to how we can all live our lives no matter what cards we are dealt in our lifetime. I will try make it to the visitation, but know I am thinking of you all, but am happy Goldie’s spirit is flying high in the heavens and is resting peacefully.