In Memory Of
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Sylvester J. "Whitey" Nolte
11/28/1920 - 12/08/2002
Sylvester J. “Whitey” Nolte, 82, of Baileyville, KS, died Sunday, December 8, 2002, at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca.
He was born November 28, 1920, on a farm southwest of Seneca, the son of Aloysius and Mary Krogman Nolte. He attended Sts. Peter & Paul School in Seneca and helped on the family farm. As a young man, he went to Pocahontas, IA, with his brothers Ed and Charles and worked on farms for several years. On August 29, 1942, during World War II, he entered the U.S. Army where he served with the 246th Field Artillery Battalion as a cannoneer in the Pacific theater. He was discharged on February 14, 1946.
On February 11, 1950 he married Genevieve A. “Genny” Schmitz at St. Mary’s Church in St. Benedict. He and Genny farmed south of Baileyville where they lived until 1966 when their home burned down. They moved to a farm west of Baileyville where they farmed and operated a dairy. In 1966 he also began work at the Nemaha County Co-op at Baileyville until his retirement in November of 1985. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in February 2000. In October 2000, due to health problems, he entered Country View Estates care home in Seneca. His wife Genny preceded him in death on February 15, 2002.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church at Baileyville and the American Legion Post #214 for over 50 years in Axtell. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Axtell. He liked everything to do with farming and especially feeding calves. Whitey was a friendly man who enjoyed playing cards with his friends.
Survivors are four sons, Dan Nolte of Burrton, KS, Don Nolte of Beattie, KS, Tom Nolte of Sabetha, KS, and Jerry Nolte of Seneca; two daughters, Caroline Kramer of Axtell and Melanie Lierz of Seneca; a brother, Regis Nolte of Topeka; two sisters, Marie Mulroy of Holton, KS, and Virginia Huggins of Sabetha, KS; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Stacey Nolte on October 23, 1973; three brothers, Cyril, Edwin, and Charles Nolte; and two sisters, Loretta Niekamp and Lucille Feger.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church in Baileyville. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with military honors by the Axtell American Legion. Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM Tuesday at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.
Memorials may be given for Sacred Heart Cemetery or the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, and sent in care of the family.