Mary Hollows

Mary Hollows

July 10, 1948 ‐ January 25, 2022
Mary Hollows
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Avon, OH Visitation: January 29, 2022 Service: January 29, 2022

Mary W. Hollows (nee Walter), age 73 passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 25, 2022.  She is survived by her sons Ian (Ann) and Colin, grandson Caedmon, siblings Constance Hassett (Jim Richardson), Barbara Black (John O’Connell), Edward, Francis (Robin), James (Dolores), Thomas (Sheila) and John (Gail-Marie) and stepmother Thelma Walter.  She is preceded in death by her parents Edward and Constance Walter and brother Kevin Walter.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to many.  Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Mary's Life on Saturday, January 29th at Jenkins Funeral Chapel 2914 Dover Center Road,  Westlake, OH. Visitation will be held from 2:00-3:00pm with a service immediately following at 3:00pm.  

Guest Comments

Mary Ann Russo Spurbeck '66
Yorba Linda, CA

Dear Walter Family,

My deepest sympathy and may your memories warm your heart and keep you with happy thoughts of your cherished Mary.

Lynda Agnew Miller
Lindstrom. MN

Prayers and hugs to Mary's family. I was notified of Mary's death from Mary Maher. Mary Walters Hollows was my classmate from Regina High School. Rest in Peace, Mary. Fond memories from our high school days.

Patricia Mohre

So very sorry to hear that Mary passed away. We recently re connected and spent a few lunch dates reminiscing about our friendship during high school at Regina 55 years ago. Mary was so happy and vivacious as we talked at those lunches. She said that she was the happiest she had ever been. Rest in peace old friend.

Mary Maher
Charlottesville, Virginia

I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s death. We had recently reconnected over the Regina High School class of ‘66 story collection. We were friends at Regina, went skiing at Alpine Valley. Mary was smart, fun, and fearless. She was a great writer, and detailed her rich and interesting life for the Regina book. Proud of her sons and grandson, she seemed to have arrived at a happy place in her life. She will be greatly missed.

Lila Daum Fredenburg
Marine on St Croix Minn

I have great memories of Mary from high school and college days. She was vivacious and funny and friendly to everyone. I'm sorry we never had the chance to reconnect.
Sympathy and prayers to her family

Beatrice Falkler
O'Fallon, missouri

I sincerely regret hearing of Mary's passing. Some of my most cherished memories are those of the Walter family. Mary was the closest in age to me.

Beatrice Falkler
O'Fallon, missouri

I am Mary's cousin, Ann. Mary once said that all of us Falklers had aliases. Art was called Rusty, Tom was Tommy, Dan was Danny, Mary Constance was Connie, and Richard was Richie Although far apart in distance, we were always close together in our hearts. I love you so much, Mary and look

Rosalea and Dick Fisher
Stamford, Connecticut

Sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Your family will surely miss her.

Cecelia Hostetter
Landisville Pennsylvania

I've only met Mary a few times, she would be a step cousin of mine I believe. I am Thelma's great granddaughter. Mary came over to our house a few times when I was a teenager, and although I was shy, she always took great interest in talking to me and making me feel welcome in her presence. I will never forget how nicely she always treated me and I know she will be missed by my family very much.

Richard Falkler
St Louis Missouri

I loved my cousin Mary. She was just the right amount of years older than me for me to worship her for the wonderful person she was. She was the only cousin I was in touch with in the last 10 years after my wife died, I talked with her on the phone and she made me feel special just like she did when I was younger. I will miss her much, along with all my other cousins.She told me often about how much she loved her grandchild.

Fran Walter
Silver Spring, MD

So many, many memories of Mary, from hanging out in the "Ladies' Lounge" at John Carroll to getting doused with champaign on New Year's Eve to scoring doughnuts with Jack and Ian in their strollers from the Hough Bakery on Lee Road. Mary was a wonderful cheerleader for all that was possible, even if it wasn't probable. She was one of a kind in the best possible way.

Ed Walter (III)
Pittsburgh, PA

Aunt Mary, what can I say, I'm going to miss you. I still have vivid memories of the family gatherings you organized up at Mentor Headlands (I think)... playing in the woods, flying kites, and sitting around a fire ring making s'mores. I remember Christmas parties where you welcomed all of us and smaller gatherings where you made each of us feel like the center of the universe. Love you!

Dan Walter
Chicago, IL

We'll miss you Aunt Mary. I always looked forward to seeing you at family gatherings. You always brought a lot of positivity, smiles, and laughter. You also always seemed to be up to the best kind of no-good and I always admired that. I have great memories of spending time with you and Ian and Colin when we were kids riding big wheels and not taking life too seriously. Thanks for being such a great sister to my dad. Rest in peace.

Robin Walter
Berlin MD

Dear Mary will be greatly missed by family and friends. I, like others, have always been struck by how important Mary made everyone feel. Her wonderful smile, her amazing laugh and her gentle way of caring for others and their needs, were traits that made you want to be with her. Mary - we will miss you and love the way you have impacted the lives of so many. God Bless You.

Rachel Fisher
Burlington, VT

I’m pretty sure when I was young I wanted to be my Aunt Mary. Always so fun and cheery and sooo glamorous, always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. My memory will always be of her bright smile and open arms.
May her memory be a blessing to us all.
Love you Aunt Mary!

Connie Hassett-Walker
Montpelier, Vermont

Mary was a wonderful Aunt, sister to my mom and the other siblings, mother to Ian and Colin, and grandmother to Caedmon. She will be deeply missed.

Maureen Morley
Avon Lake, OH

I first met gorgeous raven-haired Mary when I was 19 and she was 20. Cherishing the decades of her being such a close friend! I hold memories full of joy and laughter, as well as memories of serious import. Memories of recent conversations as we walked in the woods (Mary SO loved trees) or swam/walked laps in her apartment pool last summer. Curious and brilliant Mary turned me, during Holzhauer's winning streak, into a daily Jeopardy watcher, and teased me over my infatuation later with Amodio. There isn't a room in my house that does not hold some piece of Mary's boundless creativity: her photos, paintings, drawings; her cookery and bakery and fabrics and paper sculptures . All her gifts over the years were thoughtfully unique. Her wit and wisdom always sparkled in her smile. We talked over the years of children, of food and nutrients and supplements, of books and films and states and countries, of politics and statesmen and stateswomen, of laws and justice, of jewels and oceans and flowers and trees and everything, everything under the Sun. Her delight in her huge, storied family and especially her beloved boys and her incredible daughter-in-law and her wonderful grandchild - revealed to me all the ways they enriched her days and nights. She delighted, as well, in the babies and children she got to care for: their idiosyncrasies and triumphs. The formation of her darling Caedmon is due in large part to her Grand Canyon-deep love of him - and her teachings and play and practice with him since infancy. My heart holds the deep pain of loss. All the ones who adored the adorable Mary will miss her and her magnificent heart. Lively, loving Mary - now among the stars, amid the angels, on our minds, and in our smiles and tears. What a "shining silver path" (phrase is our mutual lifelong friend Rebecca's) this woman left for us. What a legacy!

Dorothy and Tom Sikkila
Rocky River, Oh

Sheila and Tom, so very sorry for your loss. It’s extremely hard to lose a sibling! Our prayers are with you and your family, Gooch and Tom

Michael Walter
San Antonio, TX

I used to get overwhelmed by crowds (still do) at the family parties and do my very best to be invisible. Aunt Mary would make a point of finding me at every single family event and making me feel special. She had a gift for making you feel like you were the only one in the room. I'm going to miss you dear aunt. I wish I could be there to say goodbye.

Sharon (Niermann) Berezne

To all of Mary’s family - especially Ian and Colin - I am so sorry to learn of Mary’s passing. When I was a young girl - she showed me kindness, grace and beauty could all exist in a person. And that it was okay to have fun. She was a classy lady- who I will never ever forget.
Love, prayers and comfort to you.

Sharon (Niermann) Berezne

Maura stumpf
Arlington, MA

Dear Barbara and all of Mary’s family,
Though I never actually met Mary, I felt like I knew her. Over the 30 years of my friendship with Barbara, she shared marvelous stories of Mary, her beloved younger sister. I had such a good sense of Mary’s spirit, her vibrancy, her resilience, and her never-ending kindness towards her family and friends. I was so sorry to hear that such a woman, loved by so many, should have been taken from you much too early. My heart goes out to all of you, especially to my dear friend Barbara.

Susanna Niermann
Cleveland Heights Ohio

Dennis and I have such good memories of Mary . Her wonderful smile and energy. We are so sorry for this loss. To Ian and Colin and all of her brothers and sisters our prayers and support. Blessings to all.

gosport in.

Rest well you beautiful woman.

Donna Squires & Family
Middleburg Hts., Ohio

Colin, Ian and Caedmon your mom, grandma was a wonderful full of spirit woman and always remembered everyone. A beautiful artist that put meaning into her work. Sending you hugs and prayers. God Bless

Nancy and Paul Dias
Key Largo, FL

To our dear friend Barbara and her family,
We are so saddened to hear of your sisters passing. May the love that you all shared in life continue to offer you peace in your hearts as you remember all the good times you have all shared as family. Continue to hold each other close to help yourselves easy the pain of losing your beloved family member.
We send our deepest condolences.
Nancy & Paul

Tracy MacGregor

Ian (Ann) and Colin I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Lyons Miller

So, so sorry, Colin. Thinking of you and family.

Therese Hyland Bode
Eastlake OH

Dear Walter Family-
I was saddened to hear if Mary’s passing. I remember her fondly and what a good friend she had been to my sister Mary Walter. My prayers and sympathies to the Walter family.

richard stohrel
sheffield village

Sorry for your loss!