Jeanne Marie Nolden (nee Dvorak), 56, died on June 16, 2022, surrounded by family at home in Forest Lake, Minnesota, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Ms. Nolden grew up in North Riverside, attending Riverside-Brookfield High School and St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota, where she was the first female student body president and where she met her loving husband, Bruce. She obtained her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She was employed as an industrial hygienist at Metro Transit in the Twin Cities.
Known as “Beans” since early childhood, Jeanne lit up every room she walked into with her smile and her sass. She was the life of the party and always made sure everyone around her was having a good time.
She loved to embarrass her daughters, clapping along to the music in church and singing in her opera voice. Her proudest accomplishment was raising four daughters well.
Jeanne was a founder of the annual “Cousins Camp” weekend, bringing together her siblings, nieces and nephews for a weekend of camping and adventure each year. She loved the great outdoors, often going on long drives through the country with her husband and finding a good trail to hike.
An avid gardener, Jeanne took pride in her flowers and vegetables — taking up more and more of the yard each year. She enjoyed card games, country music and sunshine. She was an associate of Jeanne Jugan at Little Sisters of the Poor and spent many years volunteering with the Arc Alliance and Girl Scouts of America. She also would foster puppies from Secondhand Hounds.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 33 years, Bruce; her daughters, Nora (Michael Berken), Katie (Oliver) Moore, Allison and Margaret; her granddaughter, Lucy Moore; her mother, Betty (late Charles) Dvorak; her siblings, Chuckie (Selene), Janet Dorrance, Carol, Liz (Kevin) Lyne, James and Patty (Joe Carbonara); her mother-in-law, Joyce (late Robert) Nolden and brothers-in-law, Mark (Bonita), Scott (Laura) and Dale (Amanda) Nolden. She was a fun-loving aunt and cousin to many.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., with a rosary and prayer service starting at 7 p.m. on June 24 at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake, Minnesota. The family encourages you to wear Jeanne’s favorite color yellow.
Visitation will continue one hour prior to mass at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on June 25 at 11 a.m. at The Church of Saint Peter, 1250 South Shore Drive, Forest Lake, Minnesota. Interment is at Calvary Cemetery, Forest Lake
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Little Sisters of the Poor, 330 Exchange Street South, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55102-2311.