Thomas J. Noelke
1964 - 2021

Thomas J. Noelke


Thomas J. Noelke, age 56,of Mandeville, LA passed suddenly Thursday, April 15, 2021 of an aneurysm. He was born on April 23, 1964, in LaCrosse, WI to Thomas Noelke and Mary Egan Noelke.

Tom is survived by his loving children: Sara Noelke Baronich (Alex), Aaron Thomas Noelke (Sarah); and three grandchildren: Nicholas, Christian, Andrew. He is also survived by his Mother Mary Egan Noelke, Brother Mike Noelke, Sisters: Gretchen Noelke Pangier(fiance-Scott), Heather Noelke Merfeld (John) and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Kathleen Anne VonRuden Noelke, their son Ryan Robert Noelke, and his father Thomas Noelke.

Tom graduated from Aquinas High School in LaCrosse, WI. He completed his HVAC engineering degree at Western Wisconsin Technical College in LaCrosse, WI. He married the love of his life in 1987, and together they raised three children. Tom was an established entrepreneur and businessman in the real estate, engineering, and construction fields through his career. He owned a successful environmental consulting group in Chicago before relocating to New Orleans in 2006 with his family. Tom retired from Tulane University Facility Management upon the passing of his wife. Most recently Tom was an estimator at QC Consulting and Demolition. He enjoyed travel, fishing, live music and festivals, the Chicago Cubs baseball, and all things Wisconsin Badgers. His true passion was spending time with his grandsons, and he was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his first granddaughter in July of 2021. Tom was a wonderful friend, father, husband, and grandfather, who will be missed by all that knew him.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held at the Pochartrain Yacht Club Saturday, May 8th. Tom will be laid to rest during a private family service alongside his wife and son in LaCrosse, WI.

The Noelke family invites you to share thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at E. J. Fielding Funeral Home Guest Book at

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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Apr. 29, 2021.
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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tracy Newby
May 1, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of E.J. Fielding Funeral Home
April 29, 2021
I was extremely sad when I learned about Tom passing and all of the losses he and his family have suffered with over the last several years. There was a time in my life where Tom was my best friend, the only one who I could count on when life became real. I asked him to be a groomsman in my wedding even though I hadn't seen him in years, and without hesitation he said yes. As life takes you in different directions, you lose touch with people that you really shouldn't lose touch with. I was fortunate enough to reconnect with him a few years back and it just felt right when we started to talk, almost like the time hadn't passed.
Tim Hazelton
April 22, 2021
I am very sad to hear about Tom’s passing. He was my first boss - real world post graduation & bartending thru school. Several months ago a mutual colleague & friend of Tom’s were reminiscing telling Tom stories from ECG in the Chicago days. We both laughing and said how we could hear his voice & laugh as if he were there. I’m sad I wasn’t able to get in touch with him after to tell him how we had been thinking about him. Life got in the way and another reminder to always let people know how much they mean to you. You will be greatly missed Tom. My condolences to the Noelke family.
Cindy Grace
April 21, 2021