Ellen Tolan

Liturgical Minister for 7:30 Mass

I was born and grew up in Troy  I have been a parishioner of St. Michael’s for more than 52 years. I have a BS in Elementary Education from the College of St. Rose. I was a substitute teacher many years in East Greenbush, was Religious Education Coordinator at St. Michael’s, had the same position at St.Joseph’s Rensselaer, was Campus Minister And 9th grade religion teacher at CCHS and finally retired from  as  at a 5th grade teacher at Our Lady of Victory School. I have been a widow for 14 years, after having a wonderful marriage of 42 years. I have 8 children-4girls and 4 boys. My husband and I welcomed and raised my sister Maureen’s 2 children after she died.  Now I am the proud grandmother of 12 grandsons and 8 granddaughters. This will soon be increased by twins(boy and girl). God has blessed me so!  I have many hobbies. I play bridge, dominos, bocci and try to exercise 3 times a week at the Y.  My son, Bill, is the Director of Maintenance at St. Michael’s, and he and his son, Guillermo, live with me. Guillermo attends Wildwood School. I have many favorite things about St. Michael’s. the people are wonderful and so is our staff. I have been lucky to have seen our parish grow both physically and spiritually. I have so many quotes. I will pass one on when I can think!