Elaine M. (Kennedy) Tolan

Elaine M. (Kennedy) Tolan

August 24, 1920 – August 23, 2021

Elaine M. (Kennedy) Tolan was born in Le Mars, Iowa to Eugene and Lillian Kennedy on August 24, 1920.  She had three brothers: Cecil Kennedy (Loretta), James Kennedy (Elaine), Eugene Kennedy (Dorothy), and two sisters, Helen Halaszyn (Stefan) and Mary Myers (Ralph).

Elaine married John Tolan, Sr. on December 27, 1951, and lived in Ralston, Nebraska.  She is lovingly remembered by their three children: John Tolan, Jr. (Becky), Mary Treinen (Rick), and Mark Tolan; five grandchildren: John Treinen (Laura), Daniel Treinen (Annie), Kevin Treinen, Christopher Tolan and Sarah Tolan.

Elaine and John were founding members of St. Gerald Parish in Ralston, Nebraska.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker.  Elaine was successful in her secretarial/bookkeeping careers throughout her life, working most notably in Washington, D.C. and General Electric in Omaha, Nebraska.  Later in life, she worked at Ryan High School and Allen’s Furniture.  Elaine was a skilled employee and treasured friend to many.

Elaine lived the last portion of her life at Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion, Nebraska and received loving and compassionate care during her time there.  Special thanks to her caregivers at Touching Hearts at Home, Home Instead, and Hillcrest Hospice.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 30th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Gerald Catholic Church/Lakeview Chapel, 7859 Lakeview St. in Ralston, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, August 31st at 10am at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” Street, Ralston.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Gerald School, Creighton Prep, or charity of your choice.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on our home page.



  • Justin Tolan Posted August 24, 2021 7:51 pm

    What a special lady and aunt! Condolences to John, Mary, Mark and all the cousins.

  • Ann Kelly Posted August 24, 2021 8:52 pm

    Mark, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know you were a caring son. Your mother must have been amazing to raise wonderful children like yourself. My condolences, your coworker and friend Ann

  • Timothy Connor Posted August 25, 2021 8:54 am

    John, Mary, Mark & Family,
    My condolences on your mother’s passing. Another Ralston angel in heaven. Sending thoughts and prayers.

    -Tim Connor, Houston, TX

  • Maureen [Kennedy] Taylor Posted August 25, 2021 1:22 pm

    To the family, our thoughts are with you all at this time. Aunt Elaine was such a sweet and special soul. Her kindness and love is reflected in each of you. Dad couldn’t tell enough stories of his precious “Doc”. He loved and respected her so very much. We are praying strength and comfort now and for the days ahead. Absent from the body – present with the Lord. I know she is rejoicing with loved ones in Heaven!!

  • John Tolan Posted August 25, 2021 3:45 pm

    God Bless Elaine Tolan. We were lucky to have her in our lives. So happy that I did. Hugs to the family

  • Terri Oliver Posted August 26, 2021 10:02 am

    Mark, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Take comfort in knowing that you will rejoice again together in heaven one day. Sending my thoughts and prayers for strength and comfort for you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Bob Birkey Posted August 26, 2021 10:46 am

    To the family I want you to know I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Elaine worked with me at Allens. She brought such a wonderful spirit with her to work.
    Always bragging about her children and grandchildren.
    I loved to hear her stories about how all were doing such great work and play.
    Her love for her family was very evident for all to see.
    The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are all qualities of life that Elaine displayed for all to see.
    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.
    Elaine was indeed a faithful servant on this earth and now she is a faithful servant in Heaven.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you thru these days.

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