Marie Ann (Nowak) Van Dresser

Nov 22, 1923 - Mar 23, 2014

Marie Ann (Nowak) Van Dresser, 90, of Norwalk, passed away peacefully, under the care of her family, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in her home. 

She was born Nov. 22, 1923, in Detroit, to William T. and Clara “Dutch” (Wyslic) Nowak, and lived in Norwalk since 1969. 

Marie was an active supporter and devoted member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Norwalk. She enjoyed horseback riding, antiquing, crafts, and cheering on her grandkids at St. Paul, Arlington, Western Reserve, and Edison High Schools. 

Marie is survived by her children, Frank W. (Becky) Van Dresser of New London,  Susan Van Dresser of Norwalk, Kathleen (Tom) Taylor of Huron, and Barbara (David) Beach of Findlay, Ohio; grandchildren, Lynn Taylor (Christy), Val Miller (Dwight), Melissa Grady (Mark), Megan Pfleiderer (Aaron), Frank W. Van Dresser Jr. (Jill), Daniel Beach (April), Nick Van Dresser (Olivia), and Laura Barlekamp (Alex); and 11 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Duane L. Van Dresser in 2005, whom she married Nov. 27, 1946, in Detroit; brothers, Chester and William (Bud) Nowak; and by her sisters, Helen (Nowak) Mack, and Vi Nowak. 

Friends may call 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. Thursday, March 27, until a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church Social Hall, Milan Avenue, Norwalk. Rev. Kenneth Morman, Pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church, will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Duane L. Van Dresser Scholarship Fund, C/O St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857. 

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