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The Nolan Family News Page is to inform family members about upcoming family events, any family accomplishments, family milestones, family interesting stories or anything else you would like to share with everyone.  Please email me your family news information at   Thank you! 

Our 4th Generation Nolan Family Members
In 2009 we had the passing of 3 of our 4th generation Nolan family members on the Matthew Nolan Family Tree.  Our 4th generation has 3 remaining relatives.  Kathleen Howard and Elizabeth Cerre both daughters of 3--- William Nolan and Rosemary Bynell, daughters of 3--- Matthew Nolan.  Truly our "Greatest Generation" termed by Tom Brokaw.

Anne Waneke
(Youngest Daughter of 3 --- Aloysius Nolan, Matthew Nolan Family Tree)
Anne F. Wanecke April 12, 1924 October 24, 2009 South Bend, IN Anne F. Wanecke, age 85, formerly of Wheaton IL, died October 24, 2009 following a long battle with Alzheimer's. Anne was born April 12, 1924 to the late Aloysius and Mabel Nolan in Minneapolis, MN. On November 25, 1950 she married Stephen F. Wanecke and their love for one another endured for 56 years before Stephen's passing in 2006. Anne was a devoted and loving mother to her six surviving children, Stephen (Louise) Wanecke, David Wanecke, Thomas (Kathy) Wanecke, Kevin (Hillary) Wanecke, Mary Reasner, and Lucy (Doug) Rubley. Anne was a proud grandmother of 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She spent her life taking care of her family and enjoyed the activities of raising her six children. She enjoyed dancing, listening to music, cooking, and tennis. Anne was an avid bridge player and was involved with several bride clubs over the years. The laughter Anne brought and her caring love will be missed by everyone. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 30, 2009 at St. Michaels Catholic Church 310 S. Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton. IL. The family will receive visitors a half hour before Mass. Contributions in memory of Anne may be made to the Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana 922 E Colfax Ave. South Bend, IN 46617, or to The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. 

4--- William J. Nolan
(Son of 3--- William Nolan, Matthew Nolan Family Tree)
Beloved brother, husband, father and grandfather, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2009, in Fort Worth after a lengthy illness. Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 3304 Dryden Road, Fort Worth, Texas, with a reception to follow. The Rev. Charles Calabrese will be the celebrant. Interment: Private interment. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the family home. Pallbearers: grandsons, William Ryan Nolan, Stephen McMahon Nolan Jr., Patrick Liam Nolan, William Austin Bileci, and John Sebastiano Bileci. Honorary pallbearers: William L. Howard, Arthur A. Cerre, Brian A. Perkins, John A. Nolan and Charles D. Nolan Jr. Memorials: His memory may be honored with a gift to the Patricia and William J. Nolan Sr. Fund for Lymphoma Research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486; or the University of Illinois Foundation for the Advanced Robotic Research and Training Laboratory, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 302, Attention Kathy Wohihunter, Chicago, Ill. 60608-1203; or a charity of choice. Mr. Nolan was born July 1, 1925, in Minneapolis, Minn., to William L. and Katherine McMahon Nolan. He was a graduate of St. Paul Academy. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II and attended the University of Minnesota before joining his brother and best friend, Charles D. Nolan, at Nolan Bros. Inc., a general contractor in the heavy construction industry started by their grandfather. Numerous civil construction projects for the Army Corps of Engineers and municipalities across the country included local flood control work for tthe Clear Fork of the Trinity River, runways at Carswell Air Force Base and Sheppard Air Force Base, and the Dallas Water Treatment Plant in Sunnyvale, the largest public works project in Dallas-Fort Worth at the time. Although the children's most memorable project was the Cochiti Dam in Albuquerque, N.M., the most important contract he landed was in Texas in 1955, when he married Patricia Perkins. Together they raised six children. The Nolan brothers, joined later by their respective sons, went on to pioneer self-storages across New England and the Midwest, developing one of the largest private portfolios of properties in the country. His greatest interest was anything that involved his family, be it his cherished annual ski week in Snowmass with his sisters, taking his children out on Eagle Mountain Lake, parading as Uncle Sam on the 4th of July with his grandchildren, hauling a boat or gypsy wagon cross country for his kids, or any other support or encouragement he could provide to those he loved. He is remembered as a dedicated junior hockey coach, bringing the love of Minnesota hockey to Texas and the baseball coach with a customized batting machine he designed to operate without electricity, a contraption that delighted his young players and brutalized the shins of the fellow coaches who manned its pedals. The family wishes to thank all the many members of the medical community who worked so hard to extend every precious moment we had with our cherished patriarch, especially Dr. Alan Kelly, his nurse, Sandy Partridge, and his supportive staff, Dr. Peter Rutledge, Dr. John Burke, Dr. Terry McCarthy and Dr. Elliot Trotter, and the Harris Hospital nursing staff, Dr. Jorge Romaguera at M.D. Anderson Lymphoma Clinic, Dr. Pier Cristoforo Guilianotti and Dr. Sbrana at the University of Illinois Medical Center, and his kind and gentle caregivers, Patricia Diggs, Cynthia Kennard, Elizabeth Martinez and Rosie Wright. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles, and his wife, Nancy Nolan. Survivors: Wife, Patricia P. Nolan; children, William J. Nolan, Jr. and wife, Alann, Michael R. Nolan and wife, Linda, Timothy P. Nolan and wife, Gemma, Stephen M. Nolan and wife, Shannon, Mary Katherine Nolan, all of Fort Worth, and Cyrena Nolan of Dallas; grandchildren, William Ryan, Alexa and Lauren Nolan, Kate, Sean and Alex Nolan, Sarah, Elysia and Claire Nolan, Stephen, Patrick and Ariana Nolan, and Austin and Sebastiano Bileci, all of Fort Worth; sisters, Elizabeth Cerre and her husband, Art of Denver, Colo., and Kathleen "Pudy" Howard and her husband, Bill of Wayzata, Minn.; and brother-in-law, Brian A. Perkins and his wife, Larue, of Fort Worth

New Website Design
This week (4/6/09) I changed the web template for the Nolan Family History website.  I think the new look has a better feel and seems easier to navigate through the information.  I have added a family forum page so we can communicate with each other.through the forum.  You must sign up to participate in the forum.   You may view the forum without signing up for the discussions.    I welcome all suggestions on how to improve the website.   As always, please contribute information and family pictures so everyone can share in our family history.   Jack Nolan    

4--- Joseph Patrick Nolan (Son of  3--- Matthew Nolan, Matthew Nolan Family Tree)
83 of Phoenix, AZ. Born in Minneapolis, MN, passed away on March 1, 2009. Joe was a car dealer in Minneapolis. In l972, Joe and his wife Midge moved the family to Arizona where he started a restaurant equipment and leasing business. He served in the Pacific during WWII. He spent his summers in Alexandria, MN where he loved boating and playing golf. He liked practical jokes and had a great sense of Humor that will be missed. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret (Midge) and his son Gregory. He is survived by his children; Mary Pat (Bryce) Peterson , Bill Nolan, Joe Nolan, Jr., Dan (Rita) Nolan, Meg (Bill) Matetich, Colleen Nolan and Paul (Ann) Nolan, grandchildren; Emily (Brian) Van Blaricon, Brett (Mandy) Peterson, Sarah Peterson, Erin (George) Arroyo, T.J. Sibert, Paige Matetich, Eamonn Nolan, Mathew Sibert, Ryan Nolan, Kayla Sibert, Patrick Matetich, Joseph Nolan III, Thomas Nolan, great grandchildren; Cameron, Brady, Chase and companion, Suzanne Brown. Visitation 9:00-10:00 am, Thursday, March 5, with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road,
Phoenix. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Minnesota. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Catholic Charities, 1825 W. Northern Avenue, Phoenix, 85021.

Mother St. Augustine
Today, Monday, April 6th, 2009 I spent a half an hour speaking with the Sisters of St. Joseph's Archivist, Sister Patricia Anna's.  Very nice lady.  In the past she has provided us with information on Matthew Nolan's two daughters that entered in the Sisters of St. Joseph's service.   Today we talked about the service of Sister M. Estella (Mary Nolan) and Mother St. Augustine (Catherine Nolan).  The College of Chestnut Hills was under construction for the past few years with an addition to the college. The St. Joseph's Nuns Cemetery was closed during the construction.  Both sisters are buried in the cemetery.  The cemetery is now open and if you are in the Philadelphia area, visit the cemetery on the grounds of the college.  Sister Patricia will continue to research both sisters to find additional information on the two.  I will keep you posted on any information we find.   THANK YOU Sister Patricia.  It was very nice talking to you today!

Jim Nolan wins "Hubby of the Year"
Jim Nolan (5 ----  Patrick Nolan Family Tree) won the Twin Cities Live Hottest Hubby Contest.  Below is the link for his winning interview on Twin Cities Live.  Great job Jim!

Robin Anderson's trip to Ireland
Robin Anderson (4 --- on Patrick Nolan's Tree) recently visited Ireland.  Coming soon will be information on her research and experiences.  Update:  I received great pictures from Robin's trip.  I will upload soon to the site.  Looks like you had a blast.  Thanks Robin!

St. Kieran's Catholic Church Closing
St. Kieran's Catholic Church in Heckscherville is closing after 150 years.   The last Mass will be held on Saturday July 12th, 2008 at 5:30pm.  St. Kieran's first Mass was held on August 1st 1858.  St. Kieran's was Matthew Nolan's family Church in which 8 of their 10 children were Baptized.  Matthew and Mary Nolan are buried in the church cemetery.     

Robins Anderson's trip to Pennsylvania
Robin Anderson (4 --- on Patrick Nolan's Tree) has been a wealth of family knowledge about the Patrick Nolan side of the family.  She is the daughter of Harry Nolan (Grandson of Patrick Nolan).  Before I got started on the Nolan genealogy, she had been in contact with 3 --- Charles Nolan (Matthew Nolan's tree) way back.  It was Robin and Charles that discovered the connection between the two families.   Robin and her husband Wade recently traveled back east.  They stop in Pottsville, Pennsylvania to do some research on the family.  It is Robin's second trip back to the Pottsville area.  Her first stop was St. Kieran's Church in Heckscherville.  I gave her a contact name of Bob Mulhall.  One of the few remaining members of the church.  I had talked to him several times in the past.  He is a member of St. Kieran's and helps with maintaining the grounds.  Robin ran into him at the church by a chance of luck.  Bob gave Robin and Wade the VIP tour of the church and area.  Many of the pictures on the website are from Robin.  Robin also visited the Pottsville Historical Society.  We had thought that Patrick and Ellen Nolan were married at St. Vincent's De Paul in Minersville.  Robin discovered that they were married at St. Patrick's in Pottsville.  She obtain their marriage license.  Robin also researched Ellen (O'Neill) Nolan.  Ellen's Mother's name is was Nora.  Ellen had one sister Bridget and two brothers Dennis and Maurice.  Great job Robin.  Thank you.  

2nd Lieutenant Patrick Nolan, Co-Pilot B-17 World War II
An interesting story on the irony of war.  In researching my Grandmother side of the family (3 --- Beatrice Crombie).   Her mother was Katherine (Wagner) Crombie born Koblenz, Germany.   She immigrated to the U.S. as a little girl.   Her Grandson 4 --- Patrick Nolan, was the co-pilot of the B-17 photographed on the Helpful Links page.  Patrick flew ten missions before his death on a mission to Germany on December 30th, 1944.  Three of his ten missions he flew, were bombing missions to Koblenz, Germany, his grandmother's home town.

The newest member of the Nolan Family.   Ryan Michael Nolan.   Born: March 31st 2008
(Matthew Nolan Family Tree)

The newest member of the Nolan Family.   Cynthia Jane "CJ" Vela.   Congratulations Joey!  Cindy would have been very proud and honored that you named your new daughter after her.
(Matthew Nolan Family Tree)

The newest member of the Nolan Family.   Anne (Coaty) and Pat Dalton had a son Nolan David Dayton on March 9th, 2011.  
Also in the Coaty family, William Coaty and his wife Lisa has their first child, Gina Alexandrs Coaty.
Congradulations to the Coaty Family!   
(Patrick Nolan Family Tree)

To Adrienne and Inigo Cortaire on their birth of their first child Sonia Donnelly Cortaire (Matthew Nolan Family Tree)  Little Sonia was born in Spain on June 5th of last year.

To the newest member of the Piwowar & Wanecke Families.  Lindsay Piwowar, daughter Thomas and Kathleen Wanecke gave birth to a new baby girl on December 1st, 2011.  Her name is Mabelle Grace Piwowar.
(Matthew Nolan Family Tree)