Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Elmer Novak, 94, of Fort Atkinson very peacefully fell asleep and went to heaven surrounded by his two daughters, Kristy and Kathy.
Fritz was born on December 14, 1925 in Fort Atkinson to Alvin and Martha (Markgraf) Novak. He grew up in Fort Atkinson and was well known by “Fritz.” He joined the United States Navy in May of 1944 (a month before his high school graduation). He served on the LSM 112 in the South Pacific during WWII. In 1946, the war ended and he returned home. On December 13, 1947 he married the love of his life, Helen Tolocko. They were married in a double ring ceremony where Fritz and his brother, Eugene married identical twin sisters, Helen and Stella. Then, they moved to Davenport, Iowa where Fritz attended Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Novak adjusted patients and provided nutritional consulting for 65 years. He was Wisconsin’s oldest practicing chiropractor. Chiropractic to Dr. Novak was more than his profession; it was his way of life. He dedicated his life to helping and getting people well. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
Fritz is survived by his daughters, Kristy (Mark) Enger, Kathy (Randy) Hembrook; daughter-in-law, Jeanette Novak; grandchildren, Justin (Natalie) Veale, Brittany (Zack) Kuehl, Chad Hembrook, Jandrea Novak, Troy (Brandy) Enger, Brian (Melissa) Enger; great-grandchildren, Drew Enger, Chase Enger, Caleb Enger, Callie Enger, Corey Kuehl, Molly Kuehl, Beckett Veale, baby Veale arriving in June.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen; son, Ronald Novak; brothers, Eugene Novak, Richard Novak, Robert Novak; sisters, Evelyn Keeley, Gloria Novak; and sister-in-law, Stella Novak.
A private Christian graveside burial is being held. A celebration of Dr. Novak’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, Local VFW Post 1879, and Rainbow Hospice.
The family would like to give thanks to the most dedicated, efficient, and caring staff at Reena Senior Assisted Living and Rainbow Hospice.
Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.