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Donna Eileen Mooney Novak
January 27, 1931 – January 22, 2018
Donna Novak age 86, died Monday, January 22, 2018, at the Jones Regional Medical Center, Anamosa, following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday morning, January 26, 2018 at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa where friends called after 9:30 a.m. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Early, Iowa in the spring.
Surviving are two daughters, Joan (Bob) Holt, Lexington, Kentucky, Vicki (Jon) Russell, Cedar Rapids, three grandchildren, Brooke (Jon) Denio, Lexington, Kentucky, Mike Russell and Ryan (Keely) Russell both of Cedar Rapids, four great-grandchildren, Knox, Emsley, Ellisyn and Kason, three brothers, Dale (Bev) Mooney, Sac City, Dick ( June) Mooney, Alta, Damon (Pam) Mooney, Nemaha, two sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Ed) Rosburg, Kiowa, Colorado and Elaine Rosburg, Lincoln, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Ruth Mooney, her husband Victor in 2014 and father and mother-in-law Stanley and Bessie Novak.
Donna Eileen Mooney was born January 27, 1931, in Nemaha, the daughter of Marvin and Ruth (Parker) Mooney. She graduated from Nemaha High School in 1949 and attended Buena Vista College and graduated with her teaching degree.
Donna married Victor Novak on August 1, 1953, at the Fort Benning Chapel in Fort Benning, Georgia. The couple returned to Early and farmed for several years. She taught at schools in Rockwell City and Aurelia. They later moved to Toledo where Donna taught at the Toledo Juvenile Home. Victor worked with the United States Department of Agriculture which took them to Jonesburg, Missouri and later to Des Moines, where Donna worked at A. G. Edwards, and continued to work for them when the couple moved to McAllen, Texas. In 2005 they returned to Iowa and lived in Martelle until 2009, when they moved to Anamosa.
She loved to play bridge, and loved to watch sports, preferring the Anamosa boys and girls teams and both the men’s and women’s Hawkeye Basketball teams.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 1 February 2018

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