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Goglin Funeral Home, Scotland
Friday May 6th, 2011
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Zion Lutheran Church, Scotland
Saturday May 7th, 2011

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Doris Darlene Novak

Rev. Jonathan Vehar
Organist ~ Jan Kocer
Congregational Hymns
“In The Garden”
“Nearer My God to Thee”
“Abide With Me”
Co-Workers and Friends from the
Good Samaritan Society of Scotland
James Gunn
Bryan Nohava
Jeff Nohava
Paul Stevenson
Russell Stevenson
Keith Thranum
Doris Novak was born on Monday, October 22, 1928 at Scotland, South Dakota to Frank and Emma (Grosz) Gunn. She graduated from Scotland High School in 1946. Doris was united in marriage to George Novak on March 29, 1948 at the Lutheran parsonage in Scotland. Together they owned and operated the Scotland Café and later she cooked for her brother, Don, at the new Scotland Café. After Doris’ children were born she stayed home to care for them. Doris and George moved to Menno in 1964. After George retired from the Postal Service in 1989, they moved back to Scotland. Later, she began working at the Scotland Good Samaritan Society and was a dedicated employee there for nineteen years. Doris also provided child care for several families in the Menno area. She enjoyed flower gardening, doing embroidery, and working on puzzle books. She loved to cook and hosted many family gatherings. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and the Scotland VFW Auxiliary. Doris passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland, having attained the age of 82 years, 6 months and 9 days.
Grateful for having shared Doris’ life are her husband, George, of Scotland; two daughters: Linda (Guy) Wold of Cass Lake, Minnesota and Sharon (Brian) Maas of Salem; three grandchildren: Kendra Detweiler, Tonia Karbowski and Ben Brown; one great-granddaughter, Leah Karbowski; three brothers: Maynard Gunn, Gerald Gunn and Donald Gunn, all of Scotland; and two sisters: Violet Sabatka of Daytona Beach, Florida and Eileen Bardahl of Titusville, Florida.
In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by an infant son in 1949, two brothers, Howard and Finley, two sisters, Marilyn Dutcher and Marguerite  Stevenson, four sisters-in-law, Marilyn, Dawn, Mary and Beulah, and four brothers-in-law, Harold Bardahl, Gerald Dutcher, Glen Stevenson and John Sabatka.
Memorials may be directed to the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland or the Zion Lutheran Church of Scotland.

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Dear George and family, Please accept my wishes of sympathy to you and yours. I remember Doris as such a kind person who always treated me wonderfully well when my sister, Rosalie, cooked for you at the Scotland Cafe, years and years ago. I am sure she will be missed terribly by all. God will give you strength till you meet again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Clarita (Hollman) Varilek May 6 2011 6:30 PM

Geoge & family, We are so sorry for you loss, may there be comfort in knowing you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tim & Pam Cokeley May 6 2011 4:36 AM

George & Family, Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time of loss. We always enjoy visiting with George & Doris when we are at the GSC visiting Norman. Cherish the wonderful memories & let them comfort you at this difficult time. God Bless.

Bill & Nicole Suurmeier May 5 2011 11:18 AM

George and Doris have always been great friends of ours, we will really miss Doris, but we know we will always see George every time we come to see Don's Mom, as she sits at the same table with George to eat their meals. Our prays are with George and his family in the loss of a GREAT person. Love Always, Betty

Don & Betty Woehl May 3 2011 11:05 AM

Dori and George became like a third set of grandparents to our daughter Vanessa when they took care of her as a youn child. One particular memory that I have is how Doris would creatively find way to get Vanessa, a picky eater, to eat. In order to get Vanessa to eat mashed potatoes, Doris would use vegetable beef baby food as a topping. To this day, Vanessa still likes that combination. This is just one example of the ways Doris and George showed their love for our daughter and were so much more than day care providers. Doris will be missed greatly!

Kay Smidt May 3 2011 7:32 AM

My prayers and thoughts are with you. Aunt Doris was one of the BEST! She always had a special joy for life. I remember her laughter. Recently I visited with Aunt Eldora. She shared stories of she and Doris as childhood friends. All the fun they had and all the trouble they used to get into! Heaven is more precious than ever. My heartfelt condolences to you Uncle George, Linda, Sharon and families. Love, Zoe A. Seed

Zoe Seed May 3 2011 6:40 AM