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Louise C Wolf-Novak
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Obituary for Louise C Wolf-Novak

Louise slipped away from us on Sunday morning. Despite her physical struggle with ovarian cancer for the past two years, she continued to be an example of living out her values and guided us to be our best selves.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 PM, Friday, February 17th at the Newman Center with Father Ed Fitzpatrick officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a Vigil Service will be held at 3:30 PM. The family will also greet friends after 11:00 AM, Friday at the Newman Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Catholic Relief Services or The Crisis Center of Johnson County.
Following the service please join the family at a luncheon at the Newman Center.

Louise was born June 6, 1959 in Belleville, IL, the daughter of Hugo Martin and Agnes Lelia Daly Wolf. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict and her master’s degree from the University of Iowa. On October 8, 1983 Louise married Dr. Thomas Novak in Fridley, MN.

Louise was passionate about her family and friends and about making the world a better place. She cared deeply about those who struggled against injustices. She was a voice for peace and the end to war and violence. She wanted to repair the damages to our environment and help sustain the world we all depend on.

Louise was constantly driven to learn more; about theology, social justice, history, the environment, new quilting techniques, new yoga poses. She was a “do-er”: she always focused on what could be done to effect positive change. She was a lead singer, and outside singer and sang at naturalization ceremonies for those becoming citizens. She created habitat to support Monarch butterflies and pollinators threatened by pesticides. She encouraged all ages to be playful, spontaneous, and silly.

Louise's fierce spirit and joyful soul will be missed, but continue to lead us all to a greater appreciation for our relationships with each other, caring for the world around us and nourishing the spirit and love that connects all of creation.

She is loved by and remembered by her husband Tom and their children, Nicole Novak (Ethan Forsgren) of Ann Arbor, MI, Daniel Novak, Sheila Novak (Kurt Hager) and Bridget Novak, all of Minneapolis; her parents, Hugo and Agnes Wolf of Fridley, MN; her brothers, Brian (Valerie) Wolf of Irvine, CA, Michael (Elizabeth) Wolf of Little Canada, MN and Steven (DeAnne) Wolf of Apple Valley, MN; her in-laws, Tom and Carol Novak of Stoughton, WI; many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Louise was preceded in death by her brother, Gregory.

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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

A Vigil Service will be held at 3:30 PM





12:00 PM
Newman Catholic Student Center

104 E. Jefferson Street
Iowa City, IA 52245


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