Loretta C. Theleman

July 28, 1934 ~ August 1, 2021 (age 87)


Loretta Catherine (Gollener) (Holl) Theleman, 87, of Marathon, NY used her heavenly wings to depart her earthly body surrounded by her loving family on August 1, 2021. Her beautiful spirit now resides with her heavenly Father and her first husband Irving R. Holl, (deceased November 3, 1997). She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Robert R. Theleman of Marathon, NY.

Loretta will be greatly missed by her family: her son, Richard I. (Ethanie) Holl, her four beloved grandchildren Jacob Holl, Karolina Holl, Evan (Morgan) Holl, Ellena Holl and great-granddaughter Isabella Iris Holl.

Loretta was born in Cortland, NY on July 28, 1934. She is predeceased by her parents and two brothers Garry Terwillager and Darryl Cook. She is survived by her sisters Sue (Jack) Mims, and Adella (Jim) Cornell, and nieces and nephews.

Through her marriage to Robert, she increased our family to include Robert’s daughters Soniann Ratcliffe, Sandra Brown, and Verna Carlisle. Robert has two granddaughters Danie’l Fish and Denise (Kevin) King and two great-grandsons Alex King and Ethan King. Loretta and Robert adopted Kathy and Joe Neuman as their Country Hills camping family.

Many graduates of Marathon Central School will remember Mrs. Holl (Theleman) as the high school cafeteria cashier and later as cafeteria manager. We all remember the cheese rarebit, thick peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, Friday pizzas, chocolate milk, and ice cream lids.

During her marriage to Irv, they raced go-karts, enjoyed watching professional wrestling at the Syracuse War Memorial, camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends at the lake.

These past 21 years, Robert and Loretta enjoyed travelling on bus trips, cruises, and by car with their many Marathon friends. They spent many summers at Country Hills Campground or at Tioga Downs Casino. They lived in Zephyrhills, FL for several years and traveled to many places, including Hawaii, Newfoundland, and the Rocky Mountains.

Feeding her family and friends was Loretta’s greatest passion: banana cream pie, pot roasts, chicken and biscuits, chipped beef on toast, tapioca pudding, apple pie, peanut brittle and the world’s best maple cookies were a few of her specialties.

Back in her day, Loretta was a go-kart champion, a telephone operator, a Peter Pumpkin cashier, and a motorcycle momma with Marathon’s very own, Silver Spokes Motorcycle Club. She played a mean game of cards and enjoyed spirited games of hearts, pinochle, and 500 rummy. Loretta rarely swam and hardly drove, but she enjoyed cruising on the water or the asphalt. She was a member of the Marathon United Methodist Church and the King’s Daughters.

Loretta would slip you a $20 bill and say, “go have some safe, clean fun” or buy you a few lottery tickets and say, “call me to tell me how much you won!”

We will miss you Mom and Gram, and may God hold you in the palm of His hand until we meet again.

At Loretta’s request there will be no calling hours and no memorial services. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Marathon Cemetery Association, PO Box 131 Marathon, NY 13803 or an organization of your choice in her memory.



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