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Wayne H. Nohelty

Wayne H. Nohelty

Wayne H. Nohelty, age 87, of Elmwood, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.   

He was born August 4, 1935, in Wisconsin Rapids, to Peter and Ruby (Farrell) Nohelty.  He attended Sts. Peter and Paul grade school in Wisconsin Rapids.  The family moved to Eagle River where he graduated from Eagle River High School in 1953.  In 1958 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BBA degree. While in Madison he met Patricia (Pat) Weber.  They were married July 16, 1960 in Elmwood.  They lived in Madison, Dodgeville, WI, Sioux City, IA, and Elmwood, WI. Wayne worked for the Madison Gas and Electric Co., Sun Oil Company and was the CEO of the First State Bank of Elmwood for 19 years.  

Wayne was a member of the Elmwood Planning and Zoning Committee, a trustee of the Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS) and was very active in the Catholic churches he attended.  At Sacred Heart Parish, in Elmwood, he was chairman of the parish finance council for 15 years and for many years he ushered and was a Eucharistic Minister.  He served on the Elmwood Public Library Board as treasurer and as treasurer and member of the Elmwood Food Pantry. 

Woodworking was a hobby he enjoyed very much.  He made many treasured things for his children, grandchildren and friends.  Traveling, reading and attending his children and grandchildren events, spending time with family and friends were a very important part of his life.  

Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Pat; two sons, Thomas (Lori) of Madison, Peter (Jennifer) of Bettendorf, IA; two daughters, Sue (Steve) Galoff of Elmwood, and Ann (John) Oligney of Wisconsin Rapids; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Kelly) Nohelty, Eric( Alyson) Nohelty, Megen (Chad) Hines, Ashley (Kyle) Boyea, Nicole (Jonah) Traaseth, Spencer Nohelty, Christopher Nohelty, Sam Oligney and Jason Oligney; ten great grandchildren. He is also survived by brother-in-law Jerry Weber.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother James Nohelty and sister-in-law Joyce Weber. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Elmwood Public Library and the Elmwood Food Pantry.   

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday January 20, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with burial in the church cemetery at a later date.  

Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of the services at the church on Friday. 

The funeral services will be Livestreamed on the Rhiel Funeral Home Facebook Page. 

The family would like to thank Welcome Home Assisted Living, Heritage of Elmwood and Moments Hospice.


  1. Sara (Werner) Omann

    Sending prayers for peace during this difficult time.

  2. Carol Ann Polaski

    Pat. So sorry for your loss. I will be there in spirit, living so far away at times like these is hard. I will be thinking and praying for you. Sending lots of love your way. Carol Ann

  3. Jim Walker

    Wayne was a special man and my memories span from meeting he and Pat on the cross country ski trail to his service as a member of the Free Clinic board of directors. He was a gentle man and a gentleman. My condolences.

  4. Margery Robole-Ginsbach

    My deepest sympathy to the Nohelty Family!

  5. Sue (Samuel) Walz

    To Ann and the entire Nohelty family - My sympathies and prayers for you all.

  6. James Krause

    Pat and Family, you have my condolences at this sad time.

  7. Marlene Weisenbeck FSPA

    Pat and family, my prayers and sympathy as you mourn the loss of beloved husband and family. His service in so many arenas of influence leaves an inspiring legacy of generosity and wisdom. Peace and all goodness!

  8. marge binkowski

    Sympathy to you Pat and your family
    Marge and Tony Binkowski

  9. Jim and Kathy Abens

    Dear Pete & family, sorry about Wayne’s passing. Blessings on you all.
    Jim & Kathy Abens

  10. Jim and Sue Lapinski

    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of this special husband, father, grandfather, friend and family member. Our prayers are with you all.

    Jim and Sue Lapinski

  11. Laurie (Brunner) Heit

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

  12. Tim & Kristy Weber

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  13. Joe and Jan (Krause) Drier

    Sending Our Sympathy and Prayers to Pat and family!

  14. Joe and Cherie

    Joe and I are thinking of you all and praying for you too! Memories are a blessing and LOVE is eternal! Love and prayers from us!

  15. Gina Zurek

    He will be missed.

  16. Kathy & Bob Geraets

    Condolences to the Nohelty Family

  17. John & Jodell Marson

    Our deepest sympathy to the Nohelty family.

  18. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to the Nohelty Family.

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