Emma Bertha Novak, 101, of Ely, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center. Services were held May 18 at St. John Lutheran Church in Ely, with the Rev. Ericka Uthe presiding. Burial followed in Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely.
Emma was born on Dec. 3, 1909, in rural Johnson County, near Solon, the daughter of John Elias and Amelia (Binko) Vornholt. She married William Novak on Aug. 15, 1929. Emma and William farmed in the Ely area nearly all their lives. She enjoyed cooking; baking, especially kolaches; gardening; and painting pictures, china and various other items. She also enjoyed time spent with her family. Emma was involved in her church and organizations such as the Dorcas Society, the Rebeckah Lodge, Senior Dining, Blue Willow and the Friendship Club.
Emma is survived by her children, Edward J. “Bud” (Joan) Novak of Belle Plaine, and William J. “Billy” (Irene) Novak of Ely; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Emma was preceded in death by her husband, William on Dec. 21, 1971; and her brothers, Charles, Louis and Edward Vornholt.
Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church in her name.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com .