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Michael A. Dolan | 85

September 30, 1936 - May 4, 2022

Michael A. Dolan, 85, of 419 N. St. Marys Street, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at his residence.

He was born September 30, 1936 in St. Marys, son of the late Michael and Ethel Herzing Dolan. Mike was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a graduate of Cameron County High School, Class of 1955. He was a veteran of the United States Navy stationed on the USS Antietam. Following his discharge, he continued his education at Mansfield State College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from St. Bonaventure University. He impacted thousands of students during his teaching career at the St. Marys Area Middle School and was affectionately known as “Mr. D” by his students. He also coached the St. Marys Varsity softball team, coaching three of his daughters and sharing his love of the game. He taught in St Marys from 1966 until his retirement in 1996.

On September 5, 1964, in Holy Rosary Church, Mike married Joyce K. Murphy, who preceded him in death on May 8, 2017.

He is survived by five daughters: Kathleen Dolan of Ellicott City, MD, Sherry Hasselman (Alan) of St. Marys, Lori Emmert (Rick) of St. Marys, Robbyn Schloder (Dave) of St. Marys, and Marcy Delaney (Matt) of Lutz, FL; by his son, Michael J. Dolan (Christine) of Warren; by 13 grandchildren, Olivia Poirier, Eliana Poirier, Abby Hasselman, Sarah Hasselman, Kiri Emmert, Kenna Emmert, Megan Emmert, Tyler Wehler, Alec Wehler, Paige Delaney, Grace Delaney, Lauren Dolan, and Michaela Dolan; his sister, Mary O’ Keefe of Chesapeake, VA; and by his nieces and nephews.

Mike was a member of the St. Marys American Legion Post 103. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed baseball, and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He was the biggest fan of his children and grandchildren and supported them in all their activities. He attended hundreds of their sporting events and his reassuring presence on the sidelines will be greatly missed and forever remembered. He was genuine and funny, quietly dependable and put his family above all else.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 10:00AM, with the Rev. Kevin Holland, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday, May 9, 2022, from 5:00PM until 7:00PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.



May 9, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

May 10, 2022
10:00 am
Queen of the World Church

Final Resting Place

May 10, 2022
11:00 am
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

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  1. My prayers are with the Dolan family. His love for the Cardinals made my eighth grade year most enjoyable. Be proud…they don’t make em like Mr D anymore.

  2. Sorry to hear about Mike, have many fond memories of working with you dad

  3. I fondly remember Mr. D and how he made learning fun. I still think of how he let us listen to the radio when the Cardinals were in the playoffs. I also remember how he would roll the chalk over his wedding ring and and the sound it made. It was having educators like him that helped me to have a 37 year teaching career. I am truly saddened by his passing, but seeing what a full life he lived gives me comfort and I hope his family finds comfort in knowing how many lives he touched.
    Thoughts and prayers to his family, RIP Mr. D.

  4. Mr. D was also my home room teacher in the early 80s. I actually think of him often because while I am not a fan of the team myself, I remember him every single time I see the St. Louis Cardinals. Through his family and his career, he has left a legacy.

  5. Sorry for your loss Robbyn.

  6. I remember Mr. D very fondly. He was a great teacher, and a very nice man. My deepest condolences.🙏

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