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Bradford “Brad” L. Noah

October 17, 2022 | 10 comments

Brad Noah, 62, of Holmen, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2022 at Gundersen Health System after a brief illness. Brad, son of Ronald and Donna (Goodwin) Noah Wolf, grew up in Bucklin, Missouri. In his younger days, Brad worked as a Roadie for musicians including Pat Benatar, Supertramp, and other big name bands. He was also a Glass Installer, as well as a Parts Manager for Peterbilt in Kansas City, MO. Later, Brad was a Conductor for Norfolk Southern Railway. In 1995, he moved to La Crosse, WI and worked as an Engineer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. In 1997 Brad met the love of his life, Mary Garvalia. The two were married on Christmas Eve, 1998. Brad and Mary lived in Coon Valley for 11 years before moving to La Crosse. Brad’s most cherished times were spent with family at their cabin on the lake in northern Wisconsin. He loved boat rides with Mary, his bonus children and grandchildren. He was known as the “Jokester Grandpa,” and loved attending his grandchildren’s activities. He was a great storyteller, an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and a collector of antique vehicles. In 2019, Brad and Mary moved to Holmen. Brad’s most recent hobby was collecting and playing electric guitars. His love of music was rekindled from his Roadie days. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his wife Mary, Trevor (Stephanie) Hauser of Farmington, MN, Krista (Jesse) Kook of Hugo, MN and grandchildren Kian and Kambri Hauser, Ellie and Jack Kook. Brad is further survived by his mother Donna, brothers Greg Noah of Bucklin, MO and his daughter April Knazik, Kevin (Gayle) Noah of Chillicothe, MO, Jason Noah of Liberty, MO and his daughters Cassia, Ariana, and Bianca, sisters Rhonda Noah (Harry Lemley) of Kearney, MO and Becky (Jared) Gudehus of Liberty, MO and their children Gunnar, Gabrielle, Grant and Gannon. Brother-in-law James (Shari) Garvalia of Lake in the Hills, IL and their sons Michael and Jeffrey, sister-in-law Patricia (LaVern) Libke of Hazelhurst, WI and their daughters Lesley Libke and Nicole Jackson, and her children Saniyah, Calogero (C.J.) and Matayah, sister-in-law Kathleen (Greg) Curti of Stoddard, WI and their children Olivia and Christian. Brad was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father Ronald Noah, nephew Joshua Noah, father-in-law and mother-in-law James and Maxine Garvalia. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Coulee Region Cremation Group, The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, WI. Memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to: RMHC of Western WI & SE MN 2700 National Drive # 100 Onalaska, WI 54650.




    It was a true privilege to have worked with Brad over the years at BNSF Railway. He was a great friend, and spoke highly of his family, who I know he cherished. A real gentleman. Once his interest in bass guitars surfaced, I’m honored that he asked my advice in what to purchase. It warms my heart to have sold him my Fender ’52 Precision Bass. He was so happy the day I handed it over to him. – You will be missed, and always remembered. See you down the road, Brad!

    • Mary

      Jamie, He was thrilled with that guitar and he enjoyed going to Dave’s with you!

  2. Loren Molling

    Brad was one of the most caring and patient individuals I have ever met. After starting my railroad career later in life, at the age of 53, my first run with Brad was very calming. He talked me through the mess they call Northtown Yard and enabled me to perform our job perfectly!
    I am now retired, but I will always remember Brad as a wonderful human being!
    My condolences to his family.

    • Mary

      Thank you Loren!

  3. Jeff Haggerty

    Sorry for your loss Mary. It was always a pleasure to have Brad for an engineer on a trip. Quality engineer and a great guy.

    • Mary

      Thank you Jeff!
      He was great!

  4. Daniel Potaracke

    When I worked with Brad, I knew it was going to be a good trip regardless. I’m not sure if I ever saw him mad about the trip going bad or anything like that. It was a pleasure working with Brad and I’m happy to have called him a friend.

    • Mary Noah

      Thank you Dan!

  5. Dick & Lyn Kish

    Lyn and I just became aware of your loss. We are so sorry to hear about Brads passing.

    We will keep you in our prayers.

    • Mary Noah

      Thank you Dick and Lyn!

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