Jeanne Nowak

Jeanne (Ashberry) Nowak, 85,
of College Station, passed away
Sunday, September 11, 2011
from Alzheimer’s disease. A
memorial service is being
planned for early December to
take place at First Christian
Church of Bryan. Details will be
announced at a later date.
Jeanne was born and raised in
San Marcos, Texas February 8,
1926 to Joseph and Bernice
(Swift) Ashberry. She was a devoted
and supportive daughter,
sister, wife and mother, the ultimate
homemaker. Everyone in
town knew the six Ashberry
children, especially “the twins”,
Jeanne and Julia. Jeanne was a
graduate of Southwest Texas
State University and worked on
graduate studies at Oak Ridge in
Tennessee. In 1949, Jeanne
married Matthew Anthony
“Matt” Nowak. Matt accepted a
position at Texas A&M University
and they relocated to College
Station, where Jeanne remained
for 56 years.
Jeanne is survived by her son,
Chris Nowak and his wife,
Jackie; and their children, Matthew
and Molly of Garrison
N.Y.; and her daughter, Carol
and husband, David Frank, of
Austin; and their children, Greg
and Grady Frank; and
great-grandson, Harper Frank.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions in Jeanne’s name
may be made to First Christian
Church of Bryan, 900 South Ennis,
Bryan, TX 77803.


  1. I have known Jeanne since the fall of 1977. She joined our bowling team right after she lost her husband. The following year, we lost our daughter Stacie to cancer. When we were making the arrangements, we wanted to have her picture put on her tombstone and decided to have it in black and white because a color picture was $100 more and we just couldn’t afford it. Later, the funeral director told us that someone had given them $100 so the color picture could be ordered and that person wanted to remain anonymous. I finally found out that it was Jeanne, and I have loved her ever since.
    The last time I visited her, she didn’t know me but seemed very happy. I will always miss her.

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