Andrew J. Nolan "Andy", Longtime Gloucester City Letter Carrier, Purple Heart Recipient, Active St. Mary's Church Parishioner | cnbnews
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Andrew J. Nolan, Sr., age 91, of Gloucester City, NJ, passed away peacefully with
his children at his side on Monday November 5, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Bertha Nolan. Born on September 19, 1921 to Martin and Katherine Nolan, Andrew was one of ten children. He graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School where he played baseball and basketball and was president of the Junior Guild.
On December 18, 1942 Andy joined the United States Marine Corps to fight in World War II. Andy’s tour of duty was not long; in the first battle of the Pacific he was seriously injured in the Battle of Guadalcanal and after over a year in the Naval Hospital in California returned home to Gloucester City with The Purple Heart and a hero’s welcome.
Andy became an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a member of The Knights of Columbus and was instrumental in founding the Children’s Christmas Fund.
In September of 1945 Andrew married his high school sweetheart, Bertha Raskis, and took a job with the Gloucester City Post Office and quickly became a fixture back in his hometown as everyone’s favorite mailman. A man of great warmth, humility and humor, at his insistence, people from 5 years of age to 95 years old simply called him “Andy”. An avid sports fan, Andy followed Notre Dame, Gloucester Catholic and Gloucester High Football religiously, and a large part of his personal enjoyment was watching his wife Bert and his two children Drew and Dianne both play and coach sports at the high school and college level.
Andy is survived by his youngest sister Patricia Nolan Sampson of Gloucester, his son Andrew Nolan Jr. and his wife Beverly and their three children Julie, Ryan and Coe Nolan as well as his daughter Dianne Nolan and her husband Mark Breslin and their three sons, Zachary, Andrew and John Breslin.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ from 10:00 am to 11:30 am followed immediately by Mass at 11:30 am. U.S. Marines Corps Military Honors will follow at church. Inurnment private at New Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the Gloucester Catholic High School Alumni Fund, 333 Ridgeway Street, Gloucester, NJ 08030. Or Saint Mary's R.C. Church Memorial Fund: at the above address. Please write in memo: Andrew J. Nolan, Sr.
Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the online obituary of Andrew J. Nolan, Sr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. PH: 856-456-1142