MATTOON -- The school district has announced that Mattoon High School will temporarily close on Monday so that students and staff may attend funeral services for English teacher Mary Nolan.

A notice posted on the Mattoon School District's page on Facebook reported that all other buildings in the district will have classes on Monday.

Nolan, who taught for 26 years at Mattoon High School, died at age 50 from health issues early Wednesday morning at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Many high school students and staff will likely want to attend the services for Nolan "who was a beloved teacher that touched so many lives," the district reported.

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"We want to allow Mattoon High School students and staff plenty of time to attend Mary's funeral service and a chance to reflect following the service," said Superintendent Larry Lilly. "Our continued thoughts and prayers are with all of Mary's friends and family."

A burial mass honoring Nolan's life is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church in Mattoon. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon.

The school district has reported that counselors will be available to all students and staff who are in need of support following the death of Nolan.

The district plans to honor Nolan by making a donation in her name to the Nancy Conlon Kindness for Kids Fund, which provides assistance to Mattoon students in need.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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