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Noel J. (Jack) Roland, 81

Noel Jack Roland, age 81, of Mayer, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.

Noel was born March 26, 1929, in Monte Vista, CO, the son of Noah and Margaret (Stephen) Roland.

Growing up, Jack took an interest in snow skiing that became a lifelong passion. As a young adult, he also took up dancing, golfing, roller skating, and other activities.

Once out of high school, Jack joined the army, which brought him to Wisconsin, where he meet his wife of 58 years, Ione Michener.

Jack and Ione had four children: Neal, Joel, Dale, and Ria. During their growing up years, the children enjoyed family vacations to Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, Canada, and Niagara Falls.

After working at the Trane Company in La Crosse, WI for 20 years, Jack and Ione bought a ceramic shop in Minneapolis.

After 30-plus years of working with Ceramic Arts, they sold the business, retired, and moved to Mayer.

Jack struggled through numerous illnesses and surgeries to extend his life until age 81, when a battle with cancer took him to be with the Lord.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Noah and Margaret Roland.

Jack is survived by his loving family: wife Ione; children and spouses, Neal and Denise Roland of LaCrosse, WI, Joel and Terri Roland of Green Bay, WI, Dale Roland of Rolling Stone, MN, and Ria Roland and John Lenarz of New Germany; grandchildren Nikki and Jozef Mergan, Katie and Mike Kabat, Kevin and Autumn Roland, Kyle and Holly Roland, Lia Grasley, Mikayla Grenke, Samantha Grenke, Lauren Lenarz, Dougray Roland, and Devon Roland; and great-grandchildren Shenandoah, Noah Jozef, Shenoah, McKinley, Aurora, and Noah Rain.

He is further survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Patricia and Grant Morrison of Albuquerque, NM, Ann and Gordon Miller of Arizona, and Ruth Waters of California; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Adeline Moulton of Florida, Dorothy and James Harnisch of Onalaska, WI, and Clarence and Judy Michener of Holman, WI; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service took place Sunday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia with the Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. There was visitation for one hour prior to the service. Interment was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, www.johnsonfh.com.