Lois Ann Dolan, 82

Published 10:44 am Monday, September 19, 2011

Lois Ann Dolan, 82, of Austin, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.

Lois Dolan

Lois was born June 8, 1929, in Decorah, Iowa, to Otto and Bertha Sollie. After moving to Austin with her family, she attended Austin Schools and graduated from Austin High School. On Aug. 19, 1948, she married John B. Dolan, and together they raised their family of seven children. During her lifespan, Lois also worked at the Hormel cafeteria, Sears, Wallaces, and also the Austin School Bus Service, where she was an aide on the buses.

Lois was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, and most recently, St. Augustine Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose. Lois enjoyed many years of golf with her friends and loved her time she could spend with family and friends. Her favorite times were the many years spent with her husband and family and friends camping, fishing and just being on the lake –the Minnesota “Going up North.”

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Survivors include her daughters, Marsha (Bob) Gilgenbach, Rochester, Sue (David) Thorsheim, Albert Lea; sons, Jim (Dee Dee) Dolan, Oak Grove, Mike (Julie) Dolan, Wyo., Tim (Rene) Dolan, Cannon Falls, Brian (Kathy) Dolan, Austin, Randy Dolan (Lynne Olson), Zumbrota; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mavis (Don) Bartley, Janice (Bob) Tucker, Sue Apold; brothers, Jerry (Pat) Sollie, David (Mary) Sollie; numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Bertha Sollie; husband, John B. Dolan; two sisters, Vivian and Bonnie.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. There will be a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Monday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. The family will also greet friends at a luncheon following the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.