LaRetta LaVaun Novak, the daughter of Walter Lee and Aldah LaVaun (Waggoner) Brown, was born January 8, 1930, in Beaconsfield, Iowa. LaRetta entered eternal rest on December 22, 2016 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of eighty-six years, eleven months, and fourteen days.
LaRetta graduated from Beaconsfield High School on May 25, 1949. On February 14, 1950 she married George Matthias Novak at Bedford, Iowa. LaRetta lived most of her life in the Mount Ayr, Iowa area and moved to Creston in the early 1980’s.
LaRetta was a homemaker and mother of six children. She worked as a team with her husband, George, growing and selling produce.
Left to cherish LaRetta’s memory is her husband of sixty-six years, George Matthias Novak, Creston; her children: Georgia LaVaun (Hillman) Walter, Wilbur, NE; Katherine Lee (Andrew) Thomas, Winter Garden, FL; James George (Felicia) Novak, Tingley, IA; Susan Ann (Joel) Stein, Eagle Grove, IA; Jerry Kay Novak and Fiance’ Tyann Simmons, Creston; and Jackie Cyril (Mamie) Novak, Creston; Eleven Grandchildren: Jessica Placek; Tristan Novak; Jamie Storhoff; Joy Stein Van Houten; Katie Barker; Lisa Wiblin; Christopher Novak; Amber Scharf; Mariah Gray; Toni Markowski; and Marcus Jones; and many Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great Grandchildren; her brothers: Dwain Homer, Des Moines, IA; Randall Earl, Mt. Ayr, IA; Arlan Kay (wife Linda), Indianola, IA; and Gale Nolan Brown, Neola, IA; her sisters: Sharon Sue (husband David) Robison, Des Moines, IA; and Rita Fae (husband Larry) Freihage, Ellston, IA; sisters-in-law: Leona Brown, Nevada, IA; and Kathy Brown, Wagner, SD; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding LaRetta in death were her parents; her brothers: Carroll Lee and Marvin Eugene Brown; her sister, Joy Ann Brown; her sister-in-law, JoAnne Brown; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Laverne “Bus” and Mary Novak; and Robert “Bob” and Barbara Novak.