Kerry Rita Nolte, 37 of Rochester, MN passed away April 1, 2012 from cancer at the home of her parents in Mantorville, MN with her family by her side.
She was born September 3, 1974 in Rochester , MN the daughter of Maggie O'Connell-Nolte and Rog Nolte (Mantorville, MN) .She graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School /Stanbridge Earls School, Romsey, England in 1993.She attended Salisbury Technical Art Institute, Salisbury, England; Minnesota College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN and Rochester Community and Technical College.
Kerry enjoyed creating art work, especially collages.
She also enjoyed taking walks and photographing the local scenery and wild life.
Some of her art work had won awards in various art shows.
Kerry volunteered for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), helping to educate people about mental illness.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Floyd,her parents, her brother Josh (Cristina) Nolte of Plymouth, MN and her paternal Grandmother Frieda Nolte of Winthrop, MN, aunts, uncles, many cousins and friends.
Kerry was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Joe and Rita O'Connell of Anthon, Iowa and paternal grandfather, Paul Nolte of Fairmont, MN.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, April 7, at 2 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1727 Walden Lane SW, Rochester, MN.
Memorials are preferred to one of the following organizations:
-NAMI Southeast Minnesota, 1700 Broadway Ave N, Ste 104, Rochester , MN55906
-First Unitarian Universalist Church,1727 Walden Lane SW, Rochester, MN55902
-Mantorville Fire Department Relief Association, PO Box 355, Mantorville, MN55955
Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN55901 (507)289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
"Dear Family of Kerry,
am so sorry for your loss. Kerry, was young, with so much of her life ahead.
We may wonder why? or if their is anything to look forward to?
The Bible holds out a wonderful hope for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death.
Please read John 5:28,29 in your Bible.
Jesus well knew the Bible statement:" Time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all"[Ecclesiastes 9:11]. He knew that sometimes bad things just happen.
The wonderful future hope is the promise found at Revelation 21:3,4 where it states that death will be no more. and pain will be no more, the former things will have passed away.
Please read these texts in your Bible and may they be of comfort to you.
"Maggie and Roger --
We were so sorry to read about Kerry in the paper, sorrier still that we didn't read it until last night after returning from our winter get-away, so we missed her "celebration of Life" service yesterday. I know how wonderfully creative Kerry was and that you no doubt also have creative memories to cherish. Our thoughts are with you."
I was so shocked to read of Kerry's death. I did not know that she had cancer. She carried so many heavy burdens in her short life, yet I remember her as always being friendly and cheerful. I am sorry that I was unable to attend her service. My heart goes out to you and to your husband and son. You have my deepest sympathy!
"I am so sorry to here of Kerry''''s illness and death. I used to do her hair when I worked at the Hair Den in Rochester before I retired and moved up north. We always had fun conversations while I was doing her hair. My sympathys to the family. Carol"
"I am sorry for your loss. I will always remember Kerry''s smile. She was a very nice and kind lady. I am thinking of you in this difficult time and will remember all the lives she has touched."
"Maggie and Rog,
I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. Kerry was an inspiration to many, both through her art work and through her speaking for NAMI. She left this world a better place through her participation in it. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time."
"Dear Maggie and Rog
We are so sorry for the tremendous loss of Kerry. We can understand how painfully would be the loss of a lovely daughter.
Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for your comfort and loving memories to carry you through this very sad circumstance."
"Maggie and Rog,
I remember when you talked about her as a baby, as Spencer was the same age. How much we are enriched by our children''s lives and I cannot imagine the immense feeling of loss that must come. Kerry was resilient, a brave tender soul and and a gifted artist. I have kept you all in my prayers through the last few months as well as many times in the past years. I wish for you the comfort and support from loved ones and friends during this time and the future as you forge ahead. I will not be able to celebrate her life with you but rejoice in all that she has given to this earth, to you, her husband and to others.
"I am so sorry to hear of Kerry's passing. I have a lot of great memories growing up with her and I will cherish them forever."
"I am so sorry to hear of Kerry's passing. I worked with Kerry at Samaritan Bethany - she was a very sweet girl and was always very kind to the residents there. Prayers to you all. GOd's blessings and comfort to you."