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.
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