Noreen A. Skogen - Rochester

Noreen Skogen

Noreen Adell Skogen, 77, of Rochester, joined her loving husband with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Noreen Adell McCarthy was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Rochester, to Justin and Lillian (Doole) McCarthy. Noreen attended St. John’s Grade School, and graduated from Lourdes High School in 1951. She married Richard "Dick" Skogen at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Dec. 1, 1951. She worked at various businesses in Rochester and ultimately retired from Olmsted County after over 16 years as a collections officer.

Noreen was involved with the Rochester Senior Center, Senior Center Quilters, Red Hat Society, Rochester Area Credit Professionals, and ABWA (American Business Women’s Association), where she was voted "Woman of the Year". Noreen also loved to volunteer her time and talent in the community. Her volunteer services included St. Francis Church and the Mayo Medical System, where she assisted patients and visitors in numerous ways. Noreen loved being "Mrs. Claus" for over 25 years, every holiday season, traveling throughout the community assisting "Santa" (Dick) with his route. Noreen’s true passion was to be a loving grandmother for her grandchildren, making everyone feel like they were her favorite. There was never a May Day or Easter that passed without a basket for everyone. Noreen was also known for her incredible love of baking and crafts.

She is survived by Michael (Karen) Skogen of Rosemount, Steven (Marsha) Skogen of Rochester, David (Noreen) Skogen of Spokane, Wash., Lori Skogen of Rochester and Diane (Roger) Tlougan of Rochester; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean Calderon of Albert Lea and Lillian (Marvin) Larsen of Washington State. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard "Dick" (in 2010) her parents, and great-granddaughter, Kalli Joy (in 2010).

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, with Father Mark McNea officiating.


Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Macken Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Noreen’s body will be donated to Mayo Clinic for research.

Memorials are preferred to the Rochester Senior Center.

Online condolences are welcome at

Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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