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In Memory of Michael Nolan


February 24, 1950 - April 7, 2020

Michael Kent Nolan, 70, of Barronett, WI, passed away at home surrounded by his family on April 7, 2020, after a courageous 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born February 24, 1950, to William Nolan and Lucille (Sperling) Nolan in Waukesha, WI. He married Sally Reiter on August 19, 1972 in Chippewa Falls, WI. They were married for 48 years.

Mike loved Cumberland so much that he lived there 3 times. After graduating from UW-EC in 1973, he was hired by 3M Cumberland as an Industrial Engineer. His career with 3M took him and his family to Alexandria, MN, London, Ontario, Canada, and Hudson, WI, while working at 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, MN. He returned to Cumberland in 1991 and then again in 2008 when he retired to build his “Dream Poleshed”.

Mike loved his family and friends and showed that love by fixing anything that needed fixing or building anything that needed building for them. He enjoyed the camaraderie of deer camp and fishing trips, but most of all, he loved starting and completing his never-ending list of projects for family and friends.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Sally; three children Bill (Ania) Nolan of Hudson, WI, Vicki (Jason) Nash of Forest Lake, MN and Jessica (Mike) LeBoeuf of Hugo, MN; 7 grandchildren, Lila, Collette and Edie Nash, Katya and Jonny Nolan and Camille and Margot LeBoeuf; siblings Ted Nolan, Milwaukee, WI, Debbie Fox, Brodhead, WI, Paul Nolan, Forest Lake, MN, Lynne Overlander of Welch, MN, and Doug Baker of Germantown, WI; special nieces and nephews, Madi and Joe Nolan; Jenny Atkinson and Matt Reiter, Heather Riddick and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother Lily Nolan, sister Gwen Faes, brother Rich Baker and precious granddaughter Angelina Hope Nolan. Mike’s life was filled with optimism, integrity and fun. He was strong and courageous to the end.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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