Robert J Nolan, Sr.
June 16, 1926 - May 18, 2022
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
54 E. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
10:30am - 11:15am
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
54 E. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014

Robert J Nolan, Sr.
Chilton, WI

Robert Joseph Nolan, Sr., age 95, of Chilton, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Century Ridge assisted living in Chilton. 

Bob was the son of the late Irvin and Stella (Le Mieux) Nolan. Growing up in and around the Green Bay area, he attended Holy Cross Grade School and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. He also attended Monterey High school and graduated from St. Norbert High School in DePere.

He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for two years, and was honorably discharged at Fort James in Houston, Texas, on July 28, 1946. After an adventure to California, and a very interesting hitchhike back to Chilton, he reconnected with a girl he had met earlier, Marilyn Miller. After a brief courtship, they were married on February 12, 1947. The couple was married for 62 years until Marilyn died in 2008.

Bob and Marilyn, together, owned and operated Nolan‘s Flowers and Gifts for 27 years. During these years, they enjoyed many good times with friends; playing cards, drinking “highballs”, and frequently attending Green Bay Packer football games. They enjoyed traveling with family and hosted many a great party. 

Bob was an entrepreneur, building the Dairy Queen in Chilton, from which he enjoyed countless hot fudge sundaes, always checking the weight and making sure the DQ “curl” was perfect! He also opened The Red & White restaurant in New Holstein. After selling the Floral business, he worked for George Ball Seed Company, receiving numerous awards and recognition for outstanding sales.

He was very involved in his community, And spearheaded the remodeling of Chilton Area Catholic School. He was especially proud of this project, raising countless funds. He was instrumental in the building of the Veterans Memorial located in Chilton . It was “One Man’s Dream”. He felt strongly that local veterans should be recognized. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus reaching Grand Knight status. Bob and Marilyn’s greatest accomplishment was raising 10 children!

During his last five years living at Century Ridge, he was loved by everyone! Always pleasant, with a great sense of humor, he spent countless hours coloring, a hobby he discovered and greatly enjoyed. He loved having his kids and grandkids visit and color with him. He was proud of his pages, sharing his collection with caregivers and visitors. He ended every phone conversation with “God Bless”. In the last few weeks, he reflected frequently on his life. He was pleased with his life and proud of his kids, and said he wouldn’t have done anything differently!  

Bob is survived by his brother, Irwin (Barbara) Nolan, and sister, Marjorie (John) Brown. Brother-in-law, James Bloomer, and sister-in-law, Gretchen (Miller) Bloomer. His children: Robert (Karen) Nolan, Jr., Nancy Justinger, Mary (Jim) Jaschob, Patrick Nolan (special friend, Cindy Schwarz), Thomas (Peggy) Nolan, Julie (Jim) Vollmer, Jeanne (Peter) Esselman, and Margaret (Robert) Kees; grandchildren: Jenny (Randy) Finley, Joseph, Jr. (Tina) Nolan, Jason (Geri) Justinger, Ashley Lukasavage, Jill (Kelly) Hansen, Jessica Spencer, Michael (Kristin) Nolan, Maija (Nolan) Sternhagen, Bryon (Jennifer) Nolan, Paul (Jenni) Nolan, Anthony Nolan, Steve (Kayla) Nolan, Ben Nolan, Joshua (Heather) Nolan, Jacob (Katie) Nolan, Leslie (Aaron) Mauel, Matthieu (Ashley) Vollmer, Eliza (Mitch) Schroeder, Hayden (Ashley) Vollmer, Hannah (Derek) Nelson, Samuel Esselman, Ellisha Kees (Ben Williams), David Kees, Kyle (Whitney) Kees, and Nick Kees. Bob and Marilyn also have 37 plus great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Irvin and Stella; step-mom, Margaret Nolan; his wife, Marilyn; two sons: Michael and Steven; daughters-in-law: Jean Nolan and Debra Rozman; sisters-in-law: Nancy (Miller) Nolan, Ina Claire Miller, and Joan (Miller) Bruckner; brothers-in-law: John (Margie) Brown, George (Joan) Bruckner, and Mike Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 am on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton with Rev. Jon Thorson officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Chilton.  Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on Wednesday at the church from 10:30 am until 11:15 am.  A Parish Vigil Service will take place Tuesday evening at the funeral home following the visitation.  Those wishing to watch a livestream or archived recording of the service, and view photos of gifts given to the family may do so by clicking HERE.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff of Century Ridge and Calumet County Hospice. A special thank you to Dr. Benjamin Dellaria for the compassionate care given to our Dad. Also to Wieting Family Funeral Home for assisting us in the arrangements.
I remember when Bob came to Oshkosh and watched Pat play football. Wonderful!!

Chuck & Sue (Friends) - May 23, 2022

I remember when Bob came to Oshkosh and watched Pat play football. Wonderful!!

Chuck & Sue (Friends) - May 22, 2022

Worked with the high-school girls at the Red and White with Mary managing most of the time. Very sorry for your loss!

Kristine (Thome) Gilgenbach (Employee) - May 22, 2022

Nolan family,Vern&I are very sorry for the loss of Dad.He was awonderful man,alot of good memorys. God Bless You,Love&Prayers.

Ruth Thede (Friend) - May 20, 2022

Mr. Nolan (and his family) have a special place in my heart. He was my boss at the DQ and at the flower shop until it was sold. It was a good working relationship that grew into a friendship over the years. Thank you for being a kind, thoughtful, and a caring man who had a positive impact on many.

Susan Pautz Gazda (Former employee) - May 20, 2022

My love and thoughts are with the family. Mr. and Mrs. Nolan have always been such wonderful people. I remember many laughs with them at the flower shop and at Jim and Marys. They raised a great family and are wonderful role models of kind and loving people.

Nancy Koene (Family Friend) - May 20, 2022

Our deepest sympathies to the Nolan family. May you find comfort and peace in your memories and the love & support of family & friends. He was a Great man!

Rick & Mary Jo Weber - May 19, 2022

So many memories of such a loving, kind man. I grew up across the wheat field from Nolans greenhouse. Bob's youngest Peggy and became friends in 1969. Bob and Marilyn let us rollar skate down the aisles of the greenhouse. He put plastic and a hose down the back hill so we could have some great fun. I remember Mr. Nolan owned tge Dairy Queen years back. He would let us make our own ice cream cones with the soft serve machine. A dear man I considered my 2nd father. Rest in peace Mr. Nolan. Go dance on the golden streets of heaven with your love, Marilyn. You are loved and dearly missed. ?

Peterson Marcia (Life long friend ) - May 19, 2022

To Bob's family, I send you my sympathy for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort!

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - May 18, 2022

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