John J.  Nolan, Sr.
John J. Nolan, Sr.

May 4, 1931 - September 20, 2018
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Resided in Cincinnati, Ohio

Obituary

John J. Nolan, Sr., Esquire, of Madeira, born May 4, 1931, departed this world before dawn September 20, 2018, at age 87.

John or "Jerry" is revered by surviving sons Timothy (Roz Florez), Joseph (Andrea), and John Jeremiah, Jr. (Libby). He's a proud grandfather to nine grandchildren, Timothy Jeremiah, Anna, Thomas, Kate (Rad) Thie, Ryan, Daniel, Kelly, Abby and John Jeremiah, III. Also, surviving are his dear cousin Irene (Art) Eder, brother-in-law Jerry Fledderman, 31 nieces and nephews, and countless colleagues, clients and friends.

John's beloved wife of 57 years, Patricia Fledderman Nolan, his son Patrick, his parents Joseph and Marguerite "Peg" Nolan, his mother and father-in-law Clara and Andy Fledderman, his brothers Joseph Nolan, Jr. and James Nolan, his sisters Mary Patricia Gottlieb, Pauline Kelly, and Peggy Flannery, and longtime and admired partner in practice of law, George F. Patterson, Jr., all preceded John on his road to heaven.

Colleagues and friends from his adult years called him "John", but family and friends from his early years in and around Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky only knew him as "Jerry" or "Mus", a family nickname earned after he reportedly clobbered a home run despite his slim physique.

John "Jerry" always displayed pride in his Irish and Kentucky heritage. He was native to Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky and beloved on both sides of the Ohio. John "Jerry" graduated from Blessed Sacrament grammar school, from the Covington Latin School at age 16, and from Villa Madonna (now Thomas More) College before his 20th birthday. After a tour in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, John received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. John practiced Law for 53 years.

John served St. Gertrude Church and Parish in Madeira for decades in virtually every capacity in which a layman can serve, including lector, usher, coach, PTA member and President, Parish Council member and President and, for 17 years as Festival Chairman.

Before becoming Festival Chairman, John was nearly killed when struck flying debris during the tornado, which obliterated the festival on August 9, 1969. Transported to the old Mercy Hospital, for treatment and observation, John found himself interviewed by television reporter Jack Fogarty, whereupon he famously quipped, "After everything went dark, I came to and saw light breaking through the clouds. I then turned and saw Officer Russ Ward standing over me and knew I wasn't in heaven." (Russ Ward, a burly affable "country boy", thought the quote hilarious. John became Officer Ward's attorney, representing Russ for the rest of Russ' life.) In apparent gratitude for being spared, John committed himself to the Festival enterprise for the next quarter century as volunteer and leader and for years beyond as a sponsor.

John read as a "lector" at Mass for over 40 years. When John could no longer climb the steps to the podium following knee surgery, John signed on as an usher, undeterred by his need for a cane.

Visitation shall be conducted Friday, September 28, at 11:00 AM, St. Gertrude Church Parish Center, Miami Avenue at Shawnee Run, Madeira, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 PM in the Church. Interment follows at 2:30 PM, Gate of Heaven Cemetery 11000 Montgomery Road in Montgomery.

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Services

Visitation ~ St. Gertrude Parish Center
St. Gertrude Church
7630 Shawnee Run Road
Cincinnati, OH US 45243
Friday, September 28, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Service ~ Mass of Christian burial
St. Gertrude Church
7630 Shawnee Run Road
Cincinnati, OH US 45243
Friday, September 28, 2018
1:00 PM
Burial
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
11000 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH US 45249
Friday, September 28, 2018
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