In Memory of Mary Dolan

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday January 9, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Gathering of family and friends

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday January 9, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

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Mary Ann Dolan, age 91, passed away December 31, 2020 at Kinnic Health and Rehab Home, River Falls, Wisconsin.  A longtime resident of River Falls, she was born in Chippewa County in western Minnesota near Murdock to William Joseph Foley and Agnes Lucy (Gilronan) Foley on January 31, 1929. She attended Murdock area schools and was class Valedictorian.

She married Arthur Patrick Dolan of Danvers, MN on June 29,1950. They moved to River Falls in December 1954 in order to have better educational opportunities for their children. They lived in the city until 1965, then moved to River Falls Township, where the family farm is still located.

Mary worked several decades at St. Joseph’s Home and Hospital (later to become River Falls Area Hospital) as a Certified Surgical Technician until her retirement in 1991. Hospitality was a cornerstone of all Mary did, and it has never been reported that anyone ever left her home hungry.  She would gladly assist anyone with her kind and giving personality.

Mary was an active 4-H leader, both for Mann Valley 4-H and Pierce County. An avid card player, she came to especially love Bridge. Her smiling face could be seen often at St. Bridget Parish, where she became a parishioner in 1954 and was involved in numerous activities. Mary had a strong work ethic that she enthusiastically instilled in her children. She enjoyed tending her large vegetable garden so as to enjoy the fruits of the earth all year long.

She loved traveling throughout the US and Europe, including visiting her ancestral Irish home and close relatives in County Cavan. Glacier National Park and the Rocky Mountains were also frequent and favored destinations. Visiting the family cabin at Deer Lake, near Danbury was also one of her favorite activities.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Art, and her only sibling, William Foley Jr. (Billy). She is survived by her four children: Coleen Mary Lucachick (Gary), Mark Patrick Dolan (Adele), Lucy Ann Kamrowski (Leon), and Joseph William Dolan (Karen).

She was the proud grandmother of 16 grandchildren, a current total of 16 great-grand- children, and dozens of nieces and nephews from both the Foley and Dolan family lines. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Muriel Jean Foley, and Barbara Ann Dolan.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 9th, 2021, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, River Falls, Wisconsin. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM at the church, with burial at St. Bridget Cemetery immediately following mass. Memorials will be used to further has passion of education at St. Bridget’s Parish School, 135 East Division Street, River Falls, WI 54022.

Because of Covid restrictions, masks will be required and social distancing will be observed. There will be no gathering after burial, and the funeral mass will be streamed at Mary’s Mass live-streamed for those unable to attend. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls.

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  • Dear Cousins-
    My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom, I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Mary’s passing. Her ready smile and warm welcome will stay with me always. My family and I stopped by the farm a few summers ago, and I will always remember how welcome she made us, insisting we sit down and filling us up with cookies and ice cream (which delighted our 10 year old too). That was Aunt Mary to me, always there with a ready smile, questions about how everyone was doing and eager to make us feel welcome and well fed. I am so sorry for what you all are going through. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. With love – Bridget Dolan

  • Dear Colleen, Mark, Lucy, Joe, and families,
    I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Mary Anne’s passing.
    I remember trips to your house many years ago visiting with my family. There was always plenty of activity, food, and fun. Sad to know your energetic, sparkly eyed mother is no longer here, but she has left a lasting memory with many of us. May she Rest In Peace! Please know you are all in my thoughts.

    Your Cousin,
    Kay Blake (Dolan)

  • Dear cousins,
    My deepest and heartfelt condolences at the loss of your mother. There were many times as a child when we would visit the farm, for family reunions or other more simple events. Aunt Marianne always made sure our bellies were full with good food. I have happy memories of those days. As a young adult going to school in River Falls, and then as I very young mother, your mom and dad we’re very kind to me. I remember one summer, when I was a runner, I was taking classes at River Falls the University and one evening I ran to the farm, and was greeted by your mom and dad and quickly set up at the kitchen table with a full meal! Your dad offered to drive me back to the dorms, and I greatly accepted the offer as there was no way I could run after that Neil! Your mother will be missed and no words of comfort can take away your grief right now. But have faith that one day we will all be reunited with those we’ve loved.

  • We would like to send our condolences to all the Dolan family in honour of the late Mary-Ann. Art & Mary-Ann brought much joy & fun to our home over the years. Go bhfanfaidh a hanam maith agus socair i suaimhneas. Frank, Ann & Liam

  • To the Dolan Family, I am so sorry to hear of the recent loss of your mother. It is never easy to say good bye to our parent. May her memory help you in the days to come…… I worked with Mary for 20 years in the OR at River Falls. What a delightful lady! Always a kind and caring person…. We had lots of good times at work and also at play! Even tho I do not know you kids I feel like I do some– as she always shared your doings and your families with us. She was so proud of each of you! After our retirements our paths went different ways yet we kept in touch with coffee at the farm when visiting RF, and later visits with them at Deer Lake and they returned visits to us at Bass Lake, Spooner. I last saw your Mom after your Dads passing at the apartment she had across from the library -she wanted to get back to the farm!!
    I am so sorry we can not attend her services but know we are there in our hearts….Her Picture and Obituary were beautiful… Our Love and sympathy –JoAnn and Mike Warner

  • Joe ’cause you’re the one I know and the Dolan your folks and I often touched basis over. I knew both your Mom and Dad….. worked with your Dad. With them as parents, it made it clear to me how and why you were always the class person you were. They were both plain, good, solid bright people. Sorry for your loss. Charlie Kolpin