John William Nolan Sr.

Date of Death: Mar 08, 2017
John William Nolan Sr.

1932 - 2017

John William Nolan Sr., 84, of Brandon, WI, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2017 at the Markesan Resident Home surrounded by his family.

John was born August 4, 1932, the son of Francis and Mary Meyer Nolan. John was a 1951 graduate of Plymouth High School. He attended St. Mary’s College, Winona, MN and later served in the United States Army. He finished college at Lakeland College in WI, graduating with a B.S. degree in business. On January 28, 1956 he married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Rose Luedtke of Cascade. John was in sales his entire married life. His greatest professional achievement was establishing, owning, and operating the Nolan Insurance Agency for 35 years. John was also Brandon village president, a volunteer firefighter, scoutmaster, member of the Lions Club, served on the Waupun Memorial Hospital board, and the St. Brendan’s Church Council. But the role John loved most was that of a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa.

John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Audrey; son, Dennis (Beatrice) Nolan of Madison; daughter, Christine (Patrick Stevens) Nolan of Lake Mills; daughter, Kathleen (Randall) Mulder of Waupun; son, Michael (Julie) Nolan of Brandon; son, Patrick (Kristin) Nolan of Kalamazoo, MI; daughter, Elizabeth (Bruce) Bille of Brandon; daughter, Jennifer (James) Baudry of Fond du Lac; and son, John (Bonnie) Nolan of Brandon; 26 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary (Robert) Steger of Plymouth; sister-in-law, Janet Nolan of De Pere; sister-in law, Joyce Grossheim of Plymouth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by two infant sons; his parents, Mary and Francis Nolan; his brother, James Nolan; and many dear friends and family who are waiting to deal him in on the next hand of Sheepshead.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at the Werner Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun. There will be no visitation prior to the service Saturday.


Funeral services for John Nolan Sr. will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun with Fr. David Greenfield officiating.


A private burial will follow.

Special Thanks

The family expresses their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Markesan Resident Home and hospice volunteers who became John’s second family. They treated John and his family with the utmost respect and dignity during a very difficult time. The family is forever grateful.

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  1. Sharon Baudry Says: March 9, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I first met John when Jen married into our family. In the different gatherings of the family, I’ve known John as a storyteller, and a person who dearly loved his family. I know John’s passing is a great loss to his family but he lived life so fully that his passion for life is instilled in his kids and they will carry on his stories and his legacy. My deep condolences to the family with a big hug.

  2. Pamela Sauer Says: March 9, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Please accept our sincere sympathy.

    The Sauer Family.

  3. Larry J. Slager Says: March 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    We are thinking of you all. We express our deepest sympathy to you. John was very special to us.

  4. sharon strahota Says: March 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I had the pleasure of being 1 of Johns caregivers at markesan and he was the most modest, smart and caring men I have ever met his family was everything to him

  5. Jane Derksen-Chene Says: March 9, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    My sympathy to the family. I have always respected John, as an insurance agent, mentor, and patient.

  6. Karen Blaedow & Dan Luedtke Says: March 10, 2017 at 3:06 am

    John was an incredible man. I know Dan felt proud and lucky to have him as a godfather. I always delighted in telling people Dan’s godfather was our insurance agent. Who knew when Dan insisted we get insurance from his uncle John, I would get to know such a wonderful man and family. John’s attitude, integrity and kindness will continue to be an inspiration to us. You have our deepest sympathy.

  7. Julie VanDyken Says: March 10, 2017 at 8:28 am

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers from the VanDyken family in Kalamazoo, MI. May God uphold your entire family during this difficult time.

    We love you Pat!

  8. Renee Bisbee and family Says: March 10, 2017 at 9:27 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Steven Schoepke Says: March 10, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Jennifer and Jim, sorry to hear of the loss of your father. It’s never easy to deal with a loss of a family member. PRAYERS go out to all of you and your families.
    Steven Schoepke

  10. Deborah Schutz Says: March 10, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Our deepest of sympathy to the entire Nolan family for the loss of such a special person. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.

  11. Robbie Reed Says: March 11, 2017 at 10:14 am

    So very sorry for your loss, I know how difficult this time is. Prayers sent from Rob, Vicky, Kira & Nicole Reed.

  12. Mary Dessloch Ball Says: March 13, 2017 at 11:27 am

    My sincerest sympathy for the loss of your brother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God is with you.

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