OCEAN RIDGE — Frances Evelyn Nolte died in her home in New Branford, Conn., on Aug. 4 at the age of 93.
She was born in New York City on April 14, 1926, to Evelyn and Manfred Messner. She graduated with a bachelor’s in literature from Duke University, after which she worked at B. Altman & Co. and Condé Nast in New York City.
In 1951, she married Henry R. Nolte Jr., whom she met during their days at Duke.
“Sis” was a supportive and loving wife and mother who enjoyed painting, gardening, sailing and entertaining friends at their homes throughout the years in New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, England, Connecticut and Florida. She loved traveling, playing tennis and golf with her friends and children and having wonderful family holidays in Michigan, Florida and abroad.
She was a supporter of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Educational Community, the Society of the Four Arts and Planned Parenthood. She was a member of the Ocean Club of Florida, the Everglades Club and Gulfstream Golf Club.
She is survived by: brothers Warren and Robert Messner; son Henry Reed Nolte and daughters Gwynne Conn, Jennifer Stevens and Suzanne Saunders; grandchildren Diana Conn, Hannah, Emma and Henry Nolte, Suzanna and Alexandra Stevens, and Isabella and Ethan Saunders; daughter-in-law Leslie Nolte and sons-in-law Mark Stevens and Scott Saunders.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444.
Obituary submitted by the family