Mary Jane Wollerman, 86, a retired teacher of elementary gifted education, died Monday, July 30, 2012 of advanced Parkinson’s disease at Bristol Village, Waverly, Ohio. She was born in Columbus, Ohio and was a graduate of Grandview Heights High School.
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelors in history from Ohio State University and later earned a Masters in Education from Kent State University. For many years she resided in Elyria, where she was a homemaker raising four children. Upon her divorce from Clarence A. Wollerman, she taught fifth grade, then was instrumental in establishing the gifted program for elementary education in the Elyria Public Schools. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Elyria, then later of a Unitarian church in the area.
After retirement, she became Director of Volunteers for Lorain County Metro Parks and enjoyed traveling to Germany, Alaska, and Hawaii. She took pleasure in taking her grandson, Ben, to Civil War battlefields. After relocating to Waverly, Ohio, she worked for H & R Block and was active in the Bristol Village retirement community. Her interest in history led to research on the C & O Canal locks in Waverly and the creation of an Ohio Historical Society commemorative marker.
She is survived by a daughter, Gail Tremmel of Amissville, Virginia; and two sons, Michael Wollerman of Fort Payne, Alabama, and Steven Wollerman of Riceville, Tennessee. Her oldest son, C. John Wollerman, is deceased. She is also survived by one grandson, Benjamin Tremmel of Houston, Texas. Survivors include two sisters, Nancy Orr of Easton, Maryland, and Virginia Alford of Warrenton, Virginia. A brother, John D. Young, is deceased.
Memorial services will be private.