Lorraine D. Nowak


Nov. 5, 1931 - Jan. 8, 2013



Lorraine D. Nowak, 81, of Marshfield, formerly of Granton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.


Lorraine was born Nov. 5, 1931, in the Town of Lynn, Clark County, the daughter of Rudolph and Laura (Reisner) Sternitzky. She received her education at Maple Grove Country School and graduated from Granton High School in 1949. Lorraine attended Wood County Normal Teacher’s School in Wisconsin Rapids, graduating in 1951. She taught school for 6 1/2 years in Clark and Waukesha counties and was a teacher aide for Title 1 in the Granton schools for many years.


Lorraine was united in marriage April 12, 1958, to Anton “Tony” Nowak in Waukon, Iowa. He preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1965. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Marshfield and the Solo-Parents Club. Lorraine loved working on family history, listening to country music, playing the guitar and playing bingo. She also loved teaching and working with children, volunteering at church and attending Bible study.


She is survived by her three children, Roman M. (Diane) Nowak of Muskego, Rebecca L. (Rauterberg) of Honey Creek and Randall A. Nowak of Cary, N.C.; five grandchildren, Stephanie Frank of Waukesha, Anthony “AJ” Nowak of Wichita, Kan., Spc. Andrew Rauterberg of Fort Riley, Kan., and Joshua and Jonathan Nowak of Muskego; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Reese of Waukesha, Dylan Frank of Jackson, Mason Gundrum of Kewaskum and Mia Nowak of Wichita. She is further survived by a sister, LaVonne “Dixie” Schmidt of Marshfield; two sisters-in-law, Marge Boyer of Wisconsin Rapids and Catherine Sternitzky of Pittsville; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolph and Laura; her husband, Anton; and three brothers, Warren, Forest and Leon Sternitzky.


Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home, 1010 E. Veterans Parkway, Marshfield. Visitation continues from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Jan. 19, at Zion Lutheran Church in Granton. The Rev. Daryn Bahn will officiate. Burial will be held in Lynn Cemetery.


Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home, 715-387-1215, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at