October 28, 1927 ~ September 19, 2021

Born in: Middletown, Ohio
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Albert Thomas Nolan, 93, a devoted husband, father and friend passed away on Sept. 19, 2021.

Albert was born in Middletown, Ohio, Oct. 28, 1927 to Norene (Doherty) Nolan and James J. Nolan.

The family moved from Detroit, Michigan to Folsom, NM in 1934.  Al graduated from Des Moines, NM High School in 1945 with a class of 13.

His first job was with the C&S RR as the timekeeper during the summer of 1944 and following graduation in 1945.  He was drafted into the Army and served in Italy.  He retired from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Col. FA. with 28 years of service.

He began his college work at the Holy Cross College (the Abbey) in Canon City, CO.  He transferred to NM Highlands University where he graduated in 1950 with a B.A degree in Biology.

His first teaching assignment was at Vilas HS, where he taught, coached and drove a bus.  The next teaching assignment was at Primero HS where he taught, coached basketball and was an assistant football coach.  He earned a master’s degree in Math from the University of Colorado and taught math at South High School for 24 years and at USC in Pueblo for 7 years.

He was a member of the Military Officers Assn., Knights of Columbus Council 12720, Pueblo Veterans Council, Eagles Lodge #145, USMA (West Point) Admissions Representative, Irish Club, Shrine of St. Therese Catholic Choir (Choir member for 16 yrs.), and Mapleshade HOA Treasurer.

He and his wife, Rose, owned and operated Handy Dan’s Ice Co, the Top Drawer Petite Woman’s Clothing Shop and a farm in Manzanola, CO.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, hiking, back packing, golfing, and bowling.

He is survived by Rose (Gagliardi) Nolan, his wife of 67 years; daughter, Roberta (Dennis) Lobmeyer; granddaughters, Dana and Erica Lobmeyer; his sister, Mary Woods; brother, Robert (Vanise) Nolan; sister-in-law, Lucy Seese; brothers-in-law, August (Judy) Gagliardi, and Joseph (Julie) Gagliardi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Shrine of St. Therese, 300 Goodnight Avenue.  Inurnment, Pikes Peak National Cemetery.

Services

Memorial Mass: September 28, 2021 10:00 am

Shrine of St. Therese
300 Goodnight Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81004

719-542-1552

Graveside Service:

Pikes Peak National Cemetery
10545 Drennan Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80925

(719) 216-1025

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  1. Al and Rose are very special to so many of us. Al was the department head at South High when I started teaching in 1969. I was so naive and so nervous but Al made me feel like part of the South High Math department immediately. No doubt he had put together an outstanding math department with some great teachers and I felt honored to be a part of his team. Al and I became closer through a wonderful business relationship with our friend Piff Vigil. I moved on from South but my business relationship and my friendship with Al and Rose continued to grow. I have fond memories of handling their ice business while they were away on National Guard duty. He was such a patriot. Time has a way of separating us but we did stay in touch over the years even though mostly through emails and phone calls. I loved playing golf with Al. I loved being Al’s friend. I will miss him greatly!

  2. Mr. Nolan could have taught me anything. He was absolutely THE BEST and I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to be his student at South High School from 1970-1973. He instilled in me a love for math that I still possess. I remember changing my entire class schedule around just to make sure I could be in his classes. He knew how to challenge and promote learning. I continue to have an overwhelming admiration and respect for him. What a great blessing to have known him.

  3. Al and Rose were an example of a caring family. I first met them when I had Roberta in 1st grade at Sunset Park. Darrell taught with Al for years at South High School. During those years and the years following we came to know Al and Rose as personal friends. We exchanged stories of our travels, our families, South High, Sunset Park, Pueblo and just about any subject. On the home front, we never understood how Al could enjoy Rose’s baked goods every day for lunch and never gain an ounce. Most of our visits and the past few years have been by telephone but we have occasionally been able to stop by and see Al and Rose. Al will be missed by both friends and family.

  4. Al’s daughter, Roberta, and I were friends as children. It just so happens that she and I share a birthday. I will always remember that Al would put up a tent in their backyard so Roberta and I could camp out. It was a lot of trouble but he did not seem to mind. Heaven has gained a great man. I was lucky to know him.

  5. We will miss Al very much. He was always very nice too talk to and was a very good man. I remember when I saluted him at Ft Carson when I was there.❤️❤️🙏🙏

  6. Uncle Al was the kindest man I ever met. I honor his many years of service in the Armed Forces. I will forever remember his spontaneous, infectious laugh. Family picnics were always special times to reconnect. Our family will miss him, and Heaven has gained a wonderful soul.

  7. Dear Al was a remarkable man. We got to know him and Rose on our trip to Ireland about 12 years ago. He was sharp as a tack and very fit! He was very witty and funny too! This world was made better because he was in it

  8. I will always remember one of my best teachers. He had a big influence on me becoming a math teacher. I also felt honored to be able to work alongside him as a colleague. RIP

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