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Michael John Nolan

February 20, 1952 — November 20, 2023



Michael John Nolan, age 71, of Carlisle, passed away at home on Monday, November 20, 2023.  Michael was born on Wednesday, February 20, 1952, in New York City to the late John Joseph Nolan and Margaret Teresa (Daly) Nolan.

Michael’s survivors include his wife of 27 years, Karin (Right) Right-Nolan; his three children: Kristine Marie Barner and husband, Jeremy, of Mt. Holly Springs; Kathleen Susan Nolan of Enola, Brian Michael Nolan and wife, Amelia, of Harleysville; his five step-children: Kimberly Kay Riordan and husband, Robbie, of Conneaut Lake; Nicole Marie Henry and husband, Bill, of Newville; Eric Lee Kantz and wife, Marcy, of Meadville; Zachary Andrew Christopher Holbrook and partner, Michael Wang, of Nyack, NY; Joshua Oliver Stanley Holbrook and wife, Eileen, of Carlisle; his nine grandchildren: Corey Adam Riordan of Conneaut Lake, Kyle Benjamin Riordan of Cochranton, Chelsi Nicole Rhoades of Harmony, Braeden Scott Kantz of Meadville, Carmen Marie Kantz of Meadville, Jaden Michael John Barner of Mt. Holly Springs, Alyssa Marie Yung of Carlisle, Maeva Ann Nolan of Harleysville, Liesl Poppy Nolan of Harleysville; his four great-grandchildren: Saylor Reighn Riordan of Cochranton, Everest Adam Riordan of Conneaut Lake, Hudson Kenneth Rhoades of Harmony and Baby Boy Riordan due on December 1, 2023; and his beloved feline companions: Harley Davidson and Smokey Jo.

Michael graduated from Valley Stream North High School as part of the class of 1969, from New Hampshire College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and received his Masters of Business Administration from the University in Florida in 1987.  Michael retired from the United States Navy as a Lt. Commander after 20 years of service and later retired from PHEAA in Harrisburg, after 18 years of service working as an Assistant Vice President of School Relations.

Michael will be remembered most for his warm smile, great sense of humor, and for how deeply he cared for those around him. He was one of the friendliest, most dependable people you could ever meet. It’s no wonder that Michael easily made lasting friendships and seemed to know someone wherever he went.

What Michael loved most in life was his wife, Karin, and their family. He would say that his greatest accomplishment was his children and was happiest when his family was gathered and laughing together during Sunday dinners, holidays, and summer vacations in Sea Isle City, NJ. He was a proud and devoted grandfather who loved each one of his grandchildren beyond measure and never wanted to miss an opportunity to support what they were passionate about.

Contributions in celebration of Michael’s life can be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131,

All are welcome to join Michael’s family at his Celebration of Life Open House on Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a Time of Remembrance starting at 3:00 p.m. and Military Honors to follow. All will take place at Buhrig’s Gathering Place, 25 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, (717) 766-3421 (next to Buhrig Funeral & Cremation). Over 100 parking spaces are available; just look for the “Buhrig” parking signs in all of the parking lots. Cremation was private.

Michael’s family has entrusted his care to Buhrig Funeral & Cremation in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Michael’s full obituary, view his memorial video and portrait, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle, and sign his official guest book by visiting

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Celebration of Life Open House

Sunday, December 10, 2023

1:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Time of Remembrance

Sunday, December 10, 2023

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Military Honors

Sunday, December 10, 2023

3:45 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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