Karen Nolte


Karen Lea (Schneckloth) Nolte, 67, died Monday, January 2, 2023 at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Methodist Campus.

Karen was born on November 22, 1955 in Rochester, MN to Myron and Melba (Schmidt) Schneckloth. Karen graduated from Mayo High School. She was a life-long nurse which included working at Mayo Clinic, Rochester School District, VA Clinic in Rochester, and in-home Hospice care. She married the love of her life, Jeffrey Nolte, on August 21, 1982.

Karen loved reading, going fishing, camping, traveling, gardening, her flowers, going to craft shows, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She had a strong faith and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

Karen is survived by her husband, Jeff Nolte; children, Jessica (Scott) Morgan of Racine, MN and Jared (Jeshila) Nolte of Stewartville, MN; grandchildren, Makayla, Taylor, Carter, Cashton, Bristyn, Crue; siblings, Carey (Janet) Favorite, Mark (Vicki) Schneckloth, Kay (Roger) Corcoran, Lori (Dean) Hayes; and several nieces and nephews.

Karen is preceded in death by her fathers, Myron Schneckloth and William Sisson; and mother, Melba Sisson.

Per Karen’s wishes there will be no service held.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Karen may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com

11 thoughts on “Karen Nolte

  1. Karen was a magnificent lady and a wonderful friend. She was matron of honor at Sandy’s and my wedding years ago. A more dedicated friend will not be found again. I know I not only want to talk with Jeff and family members, I need to! Please call me at 612-716-1654. I am so sorry for all of your family loss.

  2. Mark and family~ Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Mike and Dawn Nelson

  3. Dear Jeff:
    So very sorry to hear of Karen passing away. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time and in the days ahead.

  4. So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a pillar for many years here at the Rochester VA, and we all send our condolences to Karen’s family at this time.

  5. Karen was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She always baked her wonderful and creative cakes for each of her grandkids. God be with each of you and Karen as she transitions to heaven.

  6. I’m so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a great friend and like a second mom. I will miss seeing her outside and will definitely miss her during gardening time. This year I will plant in her honor. Karen will be missed by all who knew her. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.

  7. I was heartbroken to hear of Karen’s passing. We worked together at the Rochester VA. She was such a positive and uplifting person. We shared many laughs together and she was truly a great friend. Thinking of her family during this time.

  8. We are so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family during this difficult time. She will be missed. . Rusty, Vicki, & Trevor Holz

  9. I am so sorry to hear of Karen and send well wishes to her family and friends. I worked with Karen at the Rochester VA for 5 years. My first day was special training in the cities for new teams and Karen came up to me and invited me right in. I will never forget that about her or her willingness to always put the patient first. I will always remember you Karen, thank you for your mentorship.

  10. Sad to hear the news of your loved ones passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will cherish the fun times as cousins and her beautiful smile and her witty personality.

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