Sister Ellen Marie Dolan, RGS

Sister Ellen Marie Dolan, RGS

Sr. Ellen Marie Dolan, born November 27, 1942, in Helena, Montana, went to meet her Shepherd God, and join her loving parents, Alexine Lois and Edmund C. Dolan, on July 14, 2021.  She is survived by her sister Patricia (Lee) Block, her niece Connie (Bill) Hoffman, nephew Eddie Block, their children Brian, Miranda, Aaron and Ashley, her godchildren, and friends, too numerous to count, who she considered as extended family.

At the age of 17 Ellen entered the Convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Following her final Profession of Vows, August 22, 1968, with exception of time for studies, Ellen has served in the Diocese of Omaha, Nebraska.  She ministered at: Girls Town; Eastern Nebraska Mental Health; Paul VI High School; and began Pastoral and Liturgical services at Holy Family Church in 1982 and then at St. Mary’s Church in Bellevue. Ellen received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Sociology from Creighton University in 1974 and a Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame in Theology and Liturgy.

Ellen embraced the state of Nebraska as her home, becoming a part of the Omaha and Bellevue communities and a cherished member of her church family. She was a passionate (and vocal) supporter of the College World Series, Creighton athletics and her beloved Cornhuskers.

Being in the midst of Parish ministry, accompanying parishioners from Baptism, through Confirmation and marriage and at their last journey into eternity was pure JOY to Ellen.  She truly loved the Church, the Sacraments and all God’s people.  May she rest in peace.

Visitation: Friday, July 23, from 5-7 pm with Vigil Service at 7 pm, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2302 Crawford St., Bellevue.

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Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s  Catholic Church, Bellevue.

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Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bellevue.


  • Fr. James Tiegs Posted July 19, 2021 10:55 am

    Sister Ellen was one of the finest people I have known, going back to 1968. Her faith and spirituality, her care and commitment, her courage and humor and her deep love for the liturgy were part of her care for people.

  • Ronda Kent Posted July 19, 2021 12:04 pm

    God bless you Sister. My family has been touched by your guiding hand.

  • Jay & Laurie Synowiecki Posted July 19, 2021 8:12 pm

    We have been blessed beyond measure by the acts of Sister Ellen.
    Thank you for bringing Christ to us here on earth and we pray you are dancing now with our Heavenly Father.

  • Kevin and Mary Duffy Posted July 21, 2021 1:19 pm

    Sister Ellen was such a fine role model of God fearing Christian woman. She was such a blessing to all. I know that St. Peter welcomed her to heaven saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” She has earned her crown in heaven.

  • Wanda Clemens Borders Posted July 22, 2021 8:09 pm

    So sorry to hear of her passing. May God’s love and peace comfort you in this time of grief

  • Allen Soderlund Posted July 23, 2021 9:48 pm

    Sister Ellen touched my life in so many profound and wonderful ways.
    She was a credit to the church and its parishioners.
    She will be missed by so many.

  • Lori Lane McKenzie Posted July 29, 2021 8:36 am

    Ellen was such a FUN gal always a most welcome addition to class activities at Cathedral High School. I loved her sense of humor and concern for her classmates. Thank you, Ellen, for adding to my life!

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