Benefit Concert

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Band members who were the recipients of Nicole Nowak-Odegaard's generosity played all afternoon at the University Center at UW Stevens Point.

It was their way of thanking Nicole for all that she had done for them.

"She just gave of this light," said Band Member Maggie Weiser, "and in her absence there's sort of a small darkness."

The show of support was not surprising for members of Nicole's family, who say that it was difficult not to like someone with so much positive energy.

"She just is a very energetic, very loving person," said Nancy Nowak, Nicole's mother, "A very giving person and just loved music, loved dancing, loved fairies, loved her children, loved animals, she was a vegetarian, loved nature."

Hard to believe that such a caring person's life would end in such a violent way.

Last July, Nicole's husband, 43-year-old Jay Odegaard, shot her to death before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities say they believe the two were having domestic problems.

"My hope is women who are under the same circumstances realize there are tons of people who are willing to support them in any way possible to get them out of that siutation," said friend and neighbor Jenny Ludeman.

But Sunday was more about dancing, singing, eating and remembering a woman who gave so much of herself to so many of her friends.

All the proceeds from Sunday’s concert will go to Nicole's two children ages eight and 10.