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OELWEIN - Irene Calista Nolan, 99, of Oelwein, died Saturday evening, Dec. 18, 2010 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with the Rev. Harry Koelker officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, at Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein, where there will be a 4 p.m. C.D.A. rosary and 7 p.m. parish scripture service.
A memorial fund has been established for Mercy Living Plus and Sacred Heart Church.
Online obituary and condolences can be left at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com
Irene was born July 16, 1911 in Noonan, N.D., the eldest child of Thomas and Anna (Wiley) Brady. She graduated from Crosby High School, North Dakota in 1928. Upon graduation Irene received her teaching certificate and taught in one-room schoolhouses in Divide and Cass counties in North Dakota. In 1937, Irene moved to Iowa with her family and was later married on Sept. 22, 1942 to Arthur Nolan at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein. She taught in the public, parochial and Amish schools until her retirement in the mid-1980s.
Irene applied her creative talent to sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting and tatting. She was an avid crossword puzzle worker, maintained correspondence in letters to relatives and former students, and liked to play her favorites on the piano and organ.
Irene was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters, Retired Teachers Association and her rural neighborhood club. Irene showed her pioneer spirit as she lived her life on the farm, facing difficult times and good times with a strong faith in God and daily prayer.
Irene is survived by three children, Joanne (Tony) Alessio of Independence, Jerry (Maureen) and Jim (special friend Sharon Robinson), both of Oelwein; one remaining sibling, Cathryn Kringlen of Oelwein; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents; husband Arthur on August 14, 1991; one son, Tom; a daughter-in-law, Micki; four brothers, Francis, Ray, Clem and Joe; and two sisters, Mary Michels and Zita Muntean.
Published in Oelwein Daily Register on Dec. 20, 2010