Jane R. Nolan

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Jane R. Nolan, 92, of Hamden died peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family on March 3rd, 2011. Jane was born in Hamden, February 2nd, 1919 to John H. & Mae Daly Nolan. She graduated from Centerville School and was a member of the 1st graduating class from Hamden High School in 1936. She went on to graduate from New Haven State Teachers College, now S.C.S.U. in 1940. Jane began her teaching career in Center School, North Haven where she taught 5th grade from 1940-45. She went on to teach in Helen Street School in Hamden from 1945 until her retirement in 1976. After her retirement, she worked part time in her family's business, Hamden Monument Co. Jane is survived by her loving nieces and nephews and their families; Shirley Nolan (Paul Montano), John & Cathy Nolan, Michael & Judy Nolan, Betty & George Wooster, Peggy & Bill O'Connor and Mary Nolan Foster. She is also survived by her great nieces and nephews; Jane & Danny Tu, Michele Montano, Rob, Justin, Danielle, Megan, Donna & Michael R. Nolan, George Wooster, Bill & Tim O'Connor, Bobby & Katie Foster; furthermore Jane is survived by 5 great great nieces and nephews, Robert A. Nolan, Dylan & Rachel Tu and Quinn & Zoe Nolan; Jane also leaves a sister-in-law Catherine Nolan and her very loving caregiver, Aldona Kurapka. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by siblings Robert F., Mary E. and Anne M. Nolan and a nephew Raymond Foster Jr. Jane took great pride in being a faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church where she served as a trustee, a member of the Marian Guild and secretary of the Central Burying Ground Association. Her funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Monday, March 7, at 9:30 am followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Friends may also visit with her family at the funeral home on Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Jane's honor to, Hospice Home Healthcare Services, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or to Helen Street School, 285 Helen St., Hamden, CT 06514.

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  1. Dear Betty & Family, Please accept my sympathy over the very recent loss of your aunt. I have nothing but fond memories of Miss Nolan when I was a student at Helen Street School. Everyone wanted to have her for their teacher. She always had a smile and a positive word for all of her students. I hope that the wonderful times spent with her will help you through this difficult time. Jane Nolan was truly a treasure. Warm regards to all, Susan Derbacher

  2. Jane was a good friend of my sister Marian who taught school together at Helen St. She will surely be missed. Our condolences to her family. Stan & Barbara Stein

  3. Jane was a rock, strong, faithful, welcoming and kind. She enriched my life as she did her immediate family, friends, students and colleagues. My deepest condolences to the Nolan family. You have lost a treasure in Jane.

  4. Very sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. She was a special person to both my Mom and my Dad. Hope you can find comfort in ALL that she was to so many. She is in my prayers. Sharon Dorman Ormstedt

  5. A lovely Irish lady who shared her knowledge with hundreds of Hamden children and shared her love of her family with the staff at Helen St. School.

  6. Dear Cathy and John: My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ms. Nolan, as I knew her from Helen Street way back when, was a well respected and dedicated teacher. May her memory live in your hearts forever. Lois DeAndrus Dawson

  7. I’m sorry to hear about the passing of this great lady. I had her for a teacher at Helen St. school back in the early fifties. She along with Olga Bernadoni and Evelyn Erwin were my favorites. Condolences to her family – she was a warm,caring teacher.

  8. John Nolan & Family, Donna and I are very saddened to hear of Janes passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Mark & Donna Kennedy

  9. John, Mike and all the Nolans Just read about Jane . I spoke with her on my last trip to Hamden. She drove Olga , Evelyn and I each day of my first year as a teacher at Helen Street. More importantly she has been one of my dearest friends for most of my life. My prayers are with your family. Bob

  10. My husband Joe had Miss. Nolan as a teacher in Center School. From a very early age, he loved art. She encouraged his ability & he became a professional artist. They admired each other over the years & never forgot their friendship. He has been gone 6 years, but I have never forgotten the love & admiration he had for his former teacher. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  11. From our family to yours – our sincerest condolences. She will be remembered as a sweet lady – even 30 years ago…We are sorry for your loss.

  12. I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to all of Jane Nolan’s family and friends, she was a lovely lady and will be missed.

  13. Jane, Olga Bernardoni, Marion Stein and Evelyn Erwin were my mentors in the early 60s as I began my teaching career at Helen St. School. I learned so much from Jane and will always remember her. My sympathies to her family.

  14. On behalf of all of us who are part of Jane’s Helen Street School retirees family, I extend our sympathies to her family. We always enjoyed sharing our memories of Helen St. with her at our luncheons. She will be greatly missed. My personal connection to Jane goes back to my father, James. She knew him in his younger days. Also, Jane was teaching at Helen St. when I was a student there in the 50s and early 60s. Who would have predicted we would be Helen St. retirees together?

  15. To All the Nolan Family, my dearest friends of a lifetime; Aunt Jane was a special person to all of us kids, who watched over and cared for us as we grew up. Taking us to see movies at North Haven Drive In, or up to the Ct Dragway, always showing a kind and caring interest in our lives. Her interests in books,words,and many other things exemplified her intelligence and curiosity and zest for life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My condolences and love go out to her family. I will always keep Aunt Jane in my heart. Sincerely, Warren Kaye

  16. Miss Nolan (she will always be Miss Nolan to me) was my teacher at Helen St.School. I don’t recall what class she taught, but I rememer her as a very pretty, nice teacher. I am saddened to learn that she has passed on, but the next world is the better for her arrival. My siblings and I really do remember and still talk about several of our teachers and Miss Nolan was one of our favorites at Helen St. Memories can be blurred, but when I think of her, I picture her in the doorway of her classroom next to the stairwell greeting each of us as we went in to class. I remember she had long pretty hair, reddish brown (I think). From her picture she stayed as pretty as ever. Helen St School was a long time ago, yet like yesterday. We will contiue to think of her in our conversations.

  17. The Hart children numbered five. Wilbur, Rosalie, William, Sandra and Michael. Each of us has our stories of Helen Street School and our many wonderful, dedicated teachers there. All five of us had Miss Nolan as our teacher and we remember this sweet, wonderful woman with love and respect. I was fortunate to be invited to lunch with Jane and some of my Helen Street School classmates just a few months ago. She insisted we call her Jane, not Miss Nolan. We shared stories and photos of our school years that some of us brought to the lunch. Even in her ninties she was bright, articulate, and absolutely wonderful company to be with. My teacher, Miss Jane Nolan, you are remembered with love, admiration, and respect. Aloha Oe, Sandra Hart Makuaole Helen Street School Class of 1954

  18. I had Miss Nolan in the fifth grade at Helen Street School in 1951-52. She was young, pretty, and NICE. I’m glad she stayed so vital all her long life.

  19. I am sorry to learn that Jane passed away, and so sad that I did not know. Someone told me this week, and I’m so sorry to have missed the wake. Just Tuesday, I thought I would go over and visit her. She was a lovely lady and a sweet neighbor and we’ll all miss seeing her now and then. the Skelcher family

  20. John, Mike and all the Nolans Just read about Jane . I spoke with her on my last trip to Hamden. She drove Olga , Evelyn and I each day of my first year as a teacher at Helen Street. More importantly she has been one of my dearest friends for most of my life. My prayers are with your family. Bob

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