Mary Lucille Nolan (Magner)
July 1, 2021

Mary Lucille (Magner) Nolan, 89, of Delano, MN passed away peacefully at home on July 1, 2021 surrounded by her family.

She was born May 15, 1932 in Watertown, MN and grew up on the family farm. She attended Watertown High School and graduated with the Class of 1949. She went on to Teacher’s College and taught elementary school in Waverly for the next two years.

In 1952 she was united in marriage to Jim Nolan of Delano, which began her association with the community where she spent the next 69 years. Mary worked many years at Delano Public Schools as a library aide.

Her most important role was as a mother. After the sudden death of her husband Jim in 1974, Mary found herself as a single parent to her 7 children. She raised her family with singular devotion, generosity, and love. Mary died with dignity and grace, a testament to how she lived her life.

Mary is survived by her children: Bob, Nancy (Pat) Neaton, Shelley (Bob) Russek, Russ (Janette), Lori, and Jim; 15 Grandchildren: Courtney (Derek) Olson, Meghan (Brandon) Chafee, Liz (Glenn) Gerads, Jamieson (Caitlin) Russek, Clare (James) Latterell, Erin Nolan, Ben Nolan, Sam Nolan, Madeline Nolan, Jack Nolan, Olivia (Tommy) Homola, Nick Nolan, Brady Nolan, Ellie Nolan, Katie Nolan; 14 Great Grandchildren: Shelby Olson, Kennedy Olson, Nolan Olson, Addison Olson, Emersyn Olson, Jackson Gerads, Jada Gerads, Genevieve Gerads, Scarlett Gerads, Patrick Chafee, Halloran Russek, Mariam Al Zaher, Ian Latterell, Nora Latterell; as well as sisters-in-law Leona Magner and Frances Magner.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; son, Mark; her parents Michael and Esther Magner; sisters Rita Ryan and Helen Campbell; brothers John Magner and Mike (Bud) Magner.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at The Church of St. Maximillian Kolbe (St. Peter campus), 204 River Street South, Delano, MN 55328. Visitation was from 4 pm – 7 pm, Tuesday, July 6 and continued Wednesday, July 7th, from 10 am – 11 am, all in St. Martha’s Hall of St. Peter’s campus. Interment was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Delano.