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Daniel Novacek, 81

Daniel Novacek was born on August 1, 1933 in Greenbush to Joseph A. and Josephine (Gonshorowski) Novacek. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Aloysius Catholic church in Leo and attended grade school in District 58. Following school Daniel farmed north of Greenbush with his dad and brother Norbert. On May 17, 1955 he entered the Army and served in Korea for 18 months as an M-4 truck driver pulling 8 inch Hauser artillery, in his spare time showing movies for other soldiers in his battery.  Daniel was discharged from the Army on February 28, 1957 and then returned to the Greenbush community to live and farm with his family on their farm.  Daniel eventually moved into town and later in to Elderbush Manor where he resided for a number of years.  Due to failing health he entered LifeCare Assisted Living and then LifeCare Greenbush Manor where he loved teasing and being teased by staff and residents alike.  Daniel passed away at LifeCare Greenbush Manor on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 14 days.
 Daniel was a past member St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leo, the Jaycees, Eagles, and a current member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Roseau, and Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, where he was especially proud of being a 4th degree Knight.
In his spare time he loved to hunt, fish, put together puzzles and had a real passion for VFW bingo. Daniel never lost his unique sense of humor.
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Ernest, Norbert, David and Jerome Novacek, sisters; Theresa Heddan, Christine Goroski, Leona Nelson, baby sister Bernadette in infancy, Brothers in Law: John Goroski, Harry Novacek, Alvin Heddan and Joe Goroski, Along with several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Daniel is survived by his sister Amelia Goroski of Warren, MN and Brother Joseph C. (Darlene) Novacek of Greenbush, Sisters in law: Ida Novacek of Roseau, Glendora Novacek of Greenbush, and Carol Lee of Besley, MN., 1 Brother in law Erwin Nelson of Roseau. Also surviving are 54 nieces and nephews, 100 great nieces and nephews and 76 great, great nieces and nephews, many cousins and friends including Joy Sand.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30, Friday, May 22, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush with Fa Luis Buitron officiating.
Visitation will be held at 6PM, Thursday at the church with a Prayer Service at 7PM.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment services will be held at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Leo at a later date.
Arrangements are with Collins Funeral Homes of Greenbush.
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