Elizabeth Coyle Nolan

September 28, 1934May 15, 2019

Elizabeth Coyle Nolan “Bette Ann” of Pocasset, MA, age 84, died peacefully on May 15, 2019. Survived by her husband, CAPT William Craig Nolan (USCG RET) and daughters Kathleen Nolan of Sierra Madre, CA; Julie Nolan of Falmouth, MA and Elizabeth (Nolan) Schwefler of Paris, France. Beloved grandmother of Nolan, Betsy, Brendan, and Quinn Schwefler. Preceded in death by her son William Jr.

Born in Boston to James and Elizabeth Coyle, Bette Ann grew up in Mission Hill as one of eleven children. She married Bill in 1954, and their service with the Coast Guard sent them to Hawaii, Connecticut, Virginia and Washington, DC. Their hearts were always in Massachusetts, though, and they returned for many tours and eventually retired and settled down in Pocasset, where Bette Ann was active in golf, quilting, cooking, swimming, gardening, boating and walking along the Canal for many years.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pocasset on Wednesday, May 29, at 10:00AM, followed by a reception at the home. Friends and family are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bette Ann's memory to the Bourne public library by visiting their website at

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  • James Coyle, Father
  • Elizabeth Coyle, Mother
  • CAPT William Craig Nolan, Husband
  • Kathleen Nolan, Daughter
  • Julie Nolan, Daughter
  • Elizabeth Schwefler, Daughter
  • William Nolan Jr., Son
  • She was the beloved grandmother of Nolan, Betsy, Brendan, and Quinn Schwefler.


29 May

Funeral Mass

10:00 am

St. John the Evangelist

841 Shore Road
Pocasset, MA


Elizabeth Coyle Nolan

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Mitch Suzich

May 20, 2019

Bill, Betty was a delight. The good memories will never fade. I regret that I will not be able to attend the memorial service. My condolences to you and your family. Mitch

Janet Nolan

May 20, 2019

Hi Bill. Betty looks so much like my mother, your Aunt Janet--you Nolan men know how to pick beauties who last a lifetime.

I will be driving out for the Mass on Wednesday and hope to see you afterwards. Please know how sorry I am that such a light has left us. See you on Wednesday and Erin go brag/anchors away, Love, Cousin Janet Ann