Wellsville, NY - Margaret Ethlene Shear Hollod, 95, formerly of 47 Elm Street, died Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Wellsville Manor Nursing Home after years of residence there. She was born in the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY on February 18, 1917 the daughter Fredrick Christopher and Halle (Rogers) Shear. Margaret was the second youngest of 10 children and all of her brothers and sisters are deceased. She lived her entire life in Wellsville.
Margaret, along with many of her siblings, attended a one room elementary school on the Bolivar Road near Brimmer Brook. The school was located in the front yard near the family home.
She graduated from the Wellsville High School in 1937. After graduating from the Rochester Business Institute in 1938, she worked at the Empire Gas and Fuel Office on Main Street in Wellsville and later she enjoyed working for several years at the Air Pre-Heater Corporation on the Andover Road.
Margaret was involved in many organizations in the Wellsville Community and volunteered for activities to support her family and others. She was a member of the Wellsville Country Club where she played bridge and golf. She was a charter member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority joining in 1940. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church most all of her married life.
The love of her life was John (Yonk) Hollod. They met in Wellsville in the mid 30's when John arrived from Olean, NY to stay with his brothers Pete and Mike Hollod. They married on November 22, 1941 at the Immaculate Conception by Father Tracey. Margaret and Yonk celebrated over 61 years of marriage until John passed away in September 10, 2002.
Margaret had many friends in Wellsville but some of her fondest memories were the times she spent with her siblings growing up and later living in Wellsville.
Margaret was a loving and devoted mother to her three children, who survive her, Dennis Hollod of Willing, NY, Gregory Hollod, Ph.D. of Atlanta, Ga. and Kimberly (Brook) Tolman of College Station, TX. There are five grandchildren Alexis (Ryan) Tolman-Davis, Lauren Tolman and Margaret Jean Tolman and Christopher and Andrew (Laura) Hollod.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 5, 2012 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville with Rev. Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the David A. Howe Public Library or the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.