Mary Regina “Jean” Hollern Coleman

Born: Wed., Jul. 20, 1927
Died: Thu., Jan. 28, 2021

Family to do services at later date

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Mary Regina “Jean” Hollern Coleman, 93, of Midland, MD passed from this life to her eternal reward on January 28, 2021due to complications from Covid-19, at Sterling Care Assisted Living in Frostburg, MD. She was blessed to have family by her side as she passed. 

Born July 20, 1927 in Altoona, PA, Jean was the daughter of the late John M. and Esther Marie (Roney) Hollern. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh J. “Whiz” Coleman in 1973 and her beloved son-in-law Tim Smith in 2008, as well as her siblings: Betty Ann Hollern, Esther TaboneJack Hollern, Mary Lou Mitter, Bernice Atkinson, and Leo Hollern; and her in-laws: Steve TaboneCarol Hollern, Bobby MitterDennis Perrin, Ed Atkinson, Doris Hollern, Pat Hollern, John and Alice Coleman, and Mary and Joe Harrison. 

The Hollern family lived in Altoona until Jean was a junior in high school and her father took a job in CumberlandThe family settled in Midland and Jean began working at the Kelly Springfield Tire Company immediately after graduating from Beall High School in 1945. She met and married Whiz in 1948,and they had four daughters: Mary Ann, Rose, Patty, and Jackie. Following her husband’s death, she worked at the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service until retirement.

Jean was very active in St. Joseph’s Church in many roles, including as a member of the Parish Council and the Sodality of St. Joseph, and she taught religious education for many years. In later years, she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of St. Peter’s Church in Westernport. Jean was awarded the Archdiocesan Medal of Honor in 1992. She was honored to have been selected to meet and have an audience with Pope John Paul II and receive Holy Communion from him at the mass he celebrated in Baltimore in 1995.   

She was a life member of the Midland Democrat Club and the Family Community Education Club of FrostburgShe loved playing bingo and bowling and was a long-time member of the Early Bird League at Sherwood Lanes in FrostburgTraveling, whether with family or her circle of friends, was a favorite pastime, and she enjoyed trips to Ireland and Hawaii. Jean also traveled to welcome each of her 11 grandchildren when they arrived, whether cross-country, or just down the road.

Jean was known as the Matriarch of the Hollern family, and she loved planning and being a part of the annual reunion, a tradition for over 65 yearsBeing the oldest of her siblings, she took her responsibilities to care for them seriously, throughout her entire life. 

She is survived by her daughters: Mary Ann Welter and husband Greg, Rose Marie Smith, Patty Trexler and husband Roger, and Jackie Wilt and husband Bob. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Jeremy Welter and Anne Blackwell, Joshua Welter and Elena Antsiferova, Ruth Welter, Andrew and Megan Welter, Elizabeth Welter and Jean Paul Zephir, Eric and Gina Smith, Dani and Tim Laupert, Adam and Rachel Trexler, Justin Trexler, Brian Trexler, Rachel Wilt, and Abby Wilt; as well as 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblingsElaine Perrin, Judy Poland and husband Jim, and Paul Hollern; and many nieces, nephews, and the extended Hollern clan.

The family would like to extend appreciation to her caregivers at Sterling who compassionately cared for her since 2015, but most especially during the pandemic. The kindness and care extended to her will be forever remembered and cherished.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, 44 E. Main Street, Frostburg, MD 21532. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the family will have a private burial. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date when it is safe to gather, reminisce, and raise a glass to a long life well-lived, full of family, love, laughter, and service to others.  

Arrangements are being handled by Wilhelm-Eakin Funeral Home, P.A. in Midland, MD.  Condolence messages may be left at

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Agnes and Terry Llewellyn
   Posted Sun January 31, 2021
Our sympathy to Jean’s family. A wonderful person and a big part of the st joes community. She will be remembered fondly for her love of family and the Midland small town. May she RIP.

Laurie Winner Meredith
   Posted Sun January 31, 2021
Jean was an incredible woman and an inspiration to us all. May the Angels speed her to heaven.

Kevin and Linda Simpson
   Posted Mon February 01, 2021
Pat, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the loss of someone so dear.

Sandra J Crabtree
   Posted Mon February 01, 2021
Rose and Patty, and your family members I don't know, please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother. Her obituary was a beautiful tribute to a life well lived. Her passing is a tragic loss at a time of tragic sadness in a world we no longer can understand. I pray for God to comfort you and lead you to a better day. With deep sympathy, Sandy Crabtree

Larry and Tammy Sloan
   Posted Sat February 06, 2021
Rose, Mary Ann, Patti, and Jackie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your mother was a very special person and she will be missed greatly. We will cherish many memories we have of time spent with her and your families.

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