Michael Tolfa, 70, of North Loup passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018, at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Mr. Tolfa’s wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Scott Harter will officiate. Private
inurnment will be at the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Michael Anthony Louis Tolfa was born November 27, 1947, in Sewickley, PA to Walter Louis Tolfa and Muriel Alice (Van Horn) Tolfa. He was raised in Aliquippa, PA and began his education at St. Titus Elementary. Michael continued his education at Penn State University.
Michael then moved to Nebraska and enrolled in the University of Nebraska – Kearney. He received his master’s degree of science in biology and physics and went on to teach high school science for the next thirty years.
Michael’s passion for teaching was strong and he took pride in inspiring his students through science to excel in their academics. His passion was recognized, not only by those around him, but also by the scientific community. Michael received multiple honors for his work, including: the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science from President Bill Clinton, the Christa McCauliffe Award of Nebraska, and many more.
In his spare time, Michael enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, biking, carpentry, photography, and gardening.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Bucknor of Lincoln, Danielle Sich of Elyria, and Christine Baker of Ord; 9 grandchildren; and two brothers, Walter Tolfa Jr. of Butler, PA and Mark Tolfa of Kansas
He was preceded in death by his parents.