Sharon Ann Nolan, 76, of Rochester, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Sharon was born May 9, 1943, in Prairie du Chien, Wis., to Dorothy (Woods) and Francis "Ding" Smith. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1961. Sharon married Gene M. Nolan on Oct. 21, 1961, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Sharon and Gene lived in southwest Wisconsin before settling in Rochester in 1969.

Sharon was an avid reader, especially religious and political content. She loved tending to her flowers, listening to music, had a lifetime love of boating on the Mississippi River and enjoyed evening happy hours with her husband. Sharon's love for her family was as big as her love for the Lord.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Gene; her son, Kevin (partner Vicki); daughter, Patti (husband Paul); daughter, Bridget (husband Scott); her two grandchildren, Connor and Abby, who were the apple of her eye; her beloved siblings, Patty, Peg, Larry, Tom, and Lori; and a gaggle of adored nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eldercare Services at the Church of the Resurrection, 1600 11th Ave., SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

A rosary will be held at 3:30 p.m. with visitation to follow from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester.

Macken Funeral Home is assisting the family with the visitation in Rochester.

The funeral Mass for Sharon will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at St. Gabriel's Church in Prairie du Chien, Wis., with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Garrity Funeral Home is assisting the family with the funeral Mass and burial.

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