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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 01, 2015

OBITUARY ~ GUADALUPE HELENA "LUPE" (TORRES) NOVAK
July 25, 1922 ~ May 12, 2015

Guadalupe Helena Torres was born on July 25, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were the late John R. and Juanita (Farias) Torres. Lupe was employed with the White Telephone Company for 5 years. When she was 21 years old, Lupe along with a friend went on a dare considered an opportunity to continue as a telephone operator and enlisted in the United States Army.

Lupe honorably served in the United States Army from November 6, 1943 to March 26, 1946. She served during World War II and met her future husband, Paul at the USO in Paris, France. She was in Army Signal Corp., with General Eisenhower in London, France and Germany. In France she had her meals with the soldiers at the front lines. The communication was with the Back Rack Walkie Talkie. She worked and slept in a cave that had the communication equipment hidden there. It was a former storage area for wine, for years. She bathed from her helmet with cold water from a creek. On a three day pass from Sweden, she had an audience with Pope Pius XI. He prayed for them and gave her a rosary. In 1945 she was chosen as a communications officer at the Alta Conference with Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. She didn't much care for Stalin, he was always so gruff. Lupe resided in Los Angeles for a short time and returned to Texas where she was employed at Sears.

On June 21, 1949 Lupe was united in marriage with Paul Raymond Novak at St. Clair's Catholic Church in Clarinda, Iowa. Their marriage was blessed with four daughters: Patricia, Linda, Sandra, and Anita. Together Paul and Lupe raised their family, farmed and resided near Shambaugh, Iowa for 20 years. They moved to California for a short time and returned to Minnesota. Paul and Lupe made their home in Oak Valley Township, rural Deer Creek where they farmed for over 30 years and enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Lupe was employed with National Tee Grocery in Wadena, Larry's Supermarket as a cashier. She also worked at Hockerts for a short time and for 15 years with Pamida, retiring in 1984. Lupe is a Life Member of the Elmer Goche Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3922, Wadena, Minnesota. She served for 30 years as their Chaplin.

Lupe passed away peacefully on May 12, 2015 at Perham Living in Perham, Minnesota at 92 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Preceding Lupe in death are her parents; brothers: Paul and Johnny Torres.

Lupe is survived by her husband, Paul; 4 daughters: Patricia (Stanley) Birchem of Leon, Iowa; Linda Walker of Andover; Sandra (Steve) Truax of Deer Creek; Anita (Bob Werner) Rehm of Long Prairie;11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters: Ramona Uribe of San Antonio, Texas; Rita Torres of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; many other relatives and a host of friends.

Visitation will be observed on Monday, May 18, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Perham Living, 735 3rd Street SW, Perham, MN, and one hour prior to the services at the church, with parish prayers held at 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, St. John The Bapist Church, 310 Main Street, Bluffton, MN. Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills, MN is in charge of arrangements.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2015

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