Thomas J. Nolan of Owatonna, Minnesota, passed away peacefully June 26, 2024, at his home, surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Monday July 1, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Owatonna. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 AM up until the time of the funeral Mass at Church. A Knights of Columbus rosary will be recited at 9:00 AM. Military honors will be provided by the Steele County Funeral Unit.

Tom was born June 13, 1932, in Mankato, to Raymond and Margaret (Keeley) Nolan.  He graduated from Janesville High school in 1950. He attended Mankato Teachers College until he entered the army where he was stationed in Germany. After returning from the Army, he attended Lee Barber School in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1958, Tom was employed by Harold Deitz as a barber in Owatonna. In later years, he purchased the business, continuing barbering for 40 plus years in his shop. On October 4, 1958, Tom married Janet Kotten at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Together they raised their four children, Jane, Pat, Peggy, and Mike. Tom was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he served as an usher. He was also a member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus, American Legion, VFW, Elks, and the Eagles Club. He was very proud of his 100 percent Irish Heritage.

His life interests included golfing, playing cards, pool, and spending time with his family.

Surviving Tom are wife, Janet; children, Jane (Dave) Moline, Margaret “Peggy” (Steve) Tanzer, Michael (Cindy) Nolan; daughter in law, Angie Nolan. Tom is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Kristen (Brian) Trask, Nate (Rachel) Moline, Josh (Steph) Moline, Andrea (partner, Brandon Beranek) Nolan, Sara (Trevor) Akason, Julia Tanzer, Katie (fiancé Jay Senior) Nolan, Emma Nolan, and Sam Nolan.  He is also survived by seven great grandchildren Azalea Gilbertson, Nolan and Finn Trask, Santos Salinas-Rios, Stella Beranek, Lauren and Tessa Moline.  Tom is preceded in death by his son, Pat, granddaughter, Alicia, his parents, two sisters, and three brothers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s School, Owatonna or Community Pathways, Owatonna.

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