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Loretta Dolan

In Loving Memory

Dolan, Loretta Josephine (nee Beiermann)

November 2, 1928 - November 14, 2023

Loretta Josephine Dolan, nee Beiermann, entered into eternal life on November 14, 2023 at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Bernard W Dolan for 71 years. Dearest mother of Mark, Michael (Sue), Patrick (Dottie), James (Jackie), and Anne (Dave) Barringhaus. Loving grandmother of 14 and great grandmother of 18; dear sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend to many. Her family and friends were the love of her life. Loretta was a longtime member of Saint Justin Martyr Catholic Church and attended daily mass. She was a regular visitor at the Adoration Chapel at Saint Justin and made many annual White House retreats.

Loretta was born on November 2, 1928, in Jerseyville, IL, the daughter of Anthony and Josephine (Goetten) Beiermann. On April 27, 1949, Loretta married Bernard W. Dolan of Enfield, IL.  He preceded her in death on May 6, 2020. Her 2 sisters, Cornelia Beiermann of Jerseyville, IL, Helen Steckel of Jerseyville, IL, and 3 brothers, Gilbert Beiermann of Peoria, IL, Maurice Beiermann of Jerseyville, IL and Jerome Beiermann of White Hall, IL also preceded her in death.

SERVICES: Funeral from Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois to Saint Justin Martyr Catholic Church for 10:00 AM mass on Saturday, November 18.  Visitation at Kutis Friday, November 17 from 4 PM – 8 PM.  Interment at The Abbey Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery. Masses preferred or memorials to Saint Justin Martyr Catholic Church.


8 thoughts on “Dolan, Loretta Josephine (nee Beiermann)”

  1. My condolences to the Dolan family on the loss of a very special woman.
    I have not known Loretta for years and years- maybe 8 yrs. In that time she touched my heart and she would say to me “be my sister”. Loretta was 26 yrs older than me so I would have rather she said “ be my daughter “. 😋 But never the less she was one of the kindest, sweetest ,adorable persons I have known. I will miss her sweet smile and the stories she told about her youth. She is most surely in heaven with Bernie now. So I say to her, “Cheers to you Loretta, on a life well lived.”

  2. My deepest sympathies to the Dolan Family. I only had the privilege of being with Mrs Dolan a few times but she talked to me as though we had known each other for many years. What a gift to be able to make a relative stranger feel so comfortable. It speaks to the warmth and kindness of Mrs Dolan. I hope all the wonderful memories will sustain you in the days, months and years to come.

  3. Although we never met your Mother, she must have been a very special person. We have a wedding in the family on Saturday and will be unable to attend her funeral Mass.

  4. Loretta was a very precious friend to me. She, along with dear Bernie, will always have a special place in my heart. May the Lord comfort and bless all of their families.❤️❤️

  5. Many times when Bernie and Loretta attended a party etc. Bernie would say “Maudie, lets go home” – Loretta always wasn’t quite ready to leave and wanted to do a little more visiting. Well, this time, Loretta heard Bernie and has gone home to be with him. We will miss her but take comfort that she is at peace now.

    Loretta was my “fairy” godmother, always treated me or made me feel special. She went with me to shop for my wedding dress, had a baby shower for my first baby, and planned a wonderful princess surprise 65th birthday party for me. She was the only person that called me “Jeanette” and I will miss her.

  6. I had to pleasure of being her housekeeper..she was always so kind and had the warmest hugs..we formed a special bond and enjoyed talking about life..we had many laughs and she honestly brought so much joy to my life..she will be deeply missed and always loved!

  7. Loretta and Bernie Dolan were an integral part of my family’s life while growing up in St. Louis. Their bond with my parents was a treasure—filled with shared joys, tears, unwavering support, and adventures spanning the globe.
    My last encounter with Loretta during my visit to St. Louis for my mother’s funeral remains a cherished memory. We shared a meal and precious moments together. Her ability to weave captivating stories while being an attentive listener was a rare gift—one that illuminated every conversation.
    Loretta was truly a unique soul, a radiant presence among us. Her warmth and wisdom made her stand out like a rare flower in a field of weeds. Her absence leaves a void that will be deeply felt.
    We carry her memory with us, knowing that her spirit and the love she shared will endure. Loretta, you’ll always hold a special place in our hearts. We love you dearly and will miss you immensely.

  8. My sympathies to the entire Dolan Family on the loss of your loving mother and grandmother, Loretta. I have many fond memories of visiting Loretta and Bernie and the rest of your families at Beiermann reunions and other family gatherings. She is now reunited with her beloved Bernie in heaven where she will no longer have to endure the trials and tribulations of this life.


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