Dianna K. Novak, one of three children born to George L. Irvin and Cora C. (Huntsman) Irvin, was born in Malvern, Iowa on November 27, 1942. Dianna graduated from Malvern High School in 1960 and attended college at Metro Tech and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1964, Dianna and Jacob Dirkse were united in marriage and made their home in Omaha. They were blessed with two sons Jeffrey and Dennis.
On December 17, 1977, Dianna and James Edward Novak, Sr. were married at Westside Baptist Church in Omaha. Dianna was employed with US West/Qwest for 38 years before retiring. She was a member of the Judson Baptist Church. In her free time, Dianna enjoyed reading, arts and crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Dianna and Jim had been married 29 years when she died of cancer on January 17, 2007 at her son Jeff's home in Omaha with Jeff and his wife Sonja by her side. She had attained the age of 64 years, 1 month, and 20 days.
Dianna was preceded in death by her father George Irvin. She is survived by her husband Jim Novak of Omaha; mother Cora Irvin of Malvern, Iowa; sons Jeffrey Dirkse and wife Sonja of Omaha and Dennis Dirkse and wife Mary of Pueblo West, CO; stepchildren James and Cindy Novak of Omaha, Jamie and Eugene Tietz of Ankeny, IA, and Scott and Paula Novak of Omaha; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; brothers Robert Irvin and wife Janice of Riverside, CA and Dean Irvin and wife Jolene of Fremont, NE; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Brittany i am sorry about the lose of your grandma. I hope that you can be at school soon. It has not been the same at lunch.
Our hearts hurt for all who will miss Dianna -- and for her -- in those months she had to deal with such a devastating illness. We know she's smiling on us now. I'm so glad I had the brief opportunity to work with her -- and get to know her for the jewel of a person she was...and is. We thank God for her.
we are so sorry for your loss. We understand this is a hard time for you all, and want you all to know you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. We know there will be void in your lives, but if you stay in touch with your hearts the hole will be filled, with memories and love that she left behind. Take it one day at a time and don't give up, you know she would not want any of you to do that..:) Brittany & Julia, if you two ever want to come over and just hang out at our house, just call us, you are always more than welcome to come over. Don't be shy!
My cup runneth over.
I am sorry for the loss of your wife. Know that I am praying for you. May Dianna be at peace.
I know it is a sad time for having to lose your love one. The world is shedding tears because of her loss. May God be with you and your family during this time as my family lift you up in prayer. Dianna is in a much better place and I'm sure she is sitting at the right side of our God Almighty.
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