Carolyn Novak

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Carolyn Helle Hirn Novak, 80, Fargo, formerly of Minot, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Essentia Health, Fargo.

Carolyn Helle was born November 10, 1931 to Bertha and Alfred Helle at Wildrose, North Dakota.  She graduated from Wildrose High School and attended Minot State College (University).  She taught 2 years in rural Williston.  In 1950 she married Arnold D. Hirn.  They lived in Minot, North Dakota and at the time of his death in 1968 he owned Arnie’s Pfaff Sewing Center.  She continued operating the business for 10 years before selling.  She married Steve F. Novak on April 30, 1977.  He passed away in 1987.  She was a bookkeeper at Minot Electric, Inc. until her retirement in 1997.  She moved to Fargo in 1999 to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren.

Carolyn was a devoted mother with an unwavering devotion to her faith.

She is survived by Celine (Jerome) Hennix, Marilyn Rogers and Beverly Hirn all of West Fargo, Sharon (Robert) Lawson of Pembroke, VA; grandchildren, James, Amy, Alex and Hunter; stepchildren, Joyce (Harlan) Severson, Irving (Kaye) Novak, Bonnie Haman; many step grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Charlotte Markus, Elsie Groth, Jan (Carl) Cooper, Mildred (Alan) Shoop; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

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  1. La Verne CADear Celine, Marilyn, Bev, Sharon and families

    Your mother was so dear to my heart and the hearts of my family. The time we spent with all of you at your house in Minot we all remember so fondly, such wonderfully happy times. Your mom always welcomed our big family with her smile and open arms.

    May you find peace in the Lord and comfort in your many wonderful memories.

    Love Laurie

  2. Bottineau N.D
    .Dear Helle family, I was SO SORRY to see Carolyn had passed away. She was truly a SPECIAL lady & A DEAR FRIEND even though we only saw each other when you all got back to Wildrose. We are now living in an Bottineau since last Dec. but miss the “old town”& were just back there Sat.when we celebrated Howard’s 90th birthday with about 100 people. So nice to see everyone.Our SINCERE SYMPATHY TO YOU ALL & Elsie email be,eh? MUCH LOVE Ardy & Howard

  3. Scarsdale New YorkSharon,
    our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family… may god bless you all and give you the strength you all need.

  4. Rothsay MN
    Celine & Family, Was so very sorry to see about your Mom’s passing! I remember all the good times I had visiting with her when we were in high school! Take Care, My thoughts & Prayers are with you!

  5. honor mii’m glad i was able to come up and celebrate her 80th bithday. it was a wonderful time together. she will be greatly missed. my prayers will be with you

  6. LaVerne CA Celine, Marilyn, Beverly,Sharon and families,

    It is with great fondness that I remember your mom. The wonderful “second mother” that she was with her contagious laugh, fabulous baking, and genuine caring are attributes I will always remember.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you now.

    With love,

  7. Carolyn was a lovely, wonderful woman. We spent many years together in circle at Bethany Lutheran Minot ND
    . My prayers are with her daughters and families.

  8. Colonial Heights VirginiaSharon, Robert, Hunter and Family,

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Rejoice in the memories of your mother. We love you and let us know if we can do anything.

    Bonnie and Bob

  9. Sharon, I’m so sad about your Mom’s passing, but I know that the joy and warmth of your sisters and your extended family will see you though this change in your life. As always, my prayers and thoughts are with you.

  10. Monrovia CADear Celine, Marilyn, Bev, Sharon and families,

    We loved Carolyn like a mother. She will always remain in our hearts. We send you love, peace and comfort.


    David, Susie and the entire Johnson Family

  11. Shortsville, NY I’m glad so many members of the family were able to celebrate her “birthday” last summer. I will remember Aunt Carolyn for her kindness and her strength.

  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Carolyn was a very strong woman who will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

  13. Celine and family, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s death. She was a sweet lady and I enjoyed getting to know her through you small group Bible study and your bell ringing efforts. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Elliston VASharon, Rober and Hunter

    So sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Please know we are thinking of you now and praying for God’s comfort. May His peace follow you with sweet memories to sustain you during a difficult time.

    Aj, Dick and Nicole

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