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Hollmer, Gretchen Elizabeth
46, of Newton, Jan. 17, 2013. Gretchen is survived by her son, Max Hollmer Chernetsky, and her parents, Alvin and Betty Hollmer of New Hartford, NY. She leaves three brothers and their spouses: Mark Hollmer and his husband Michael Lee, of Charlottesville, VA; Christopher Hollmer, and his wife, Christine of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and Peter Hollmer and his wife Maura of Marlborough, MA. Nieces Lauren, Tricia, and Helena Hollmer, and nephew Nick Hollmer also survive her, as well as many close friends and relatives. Gretchen died after a brief, intense battle with cancer. She was a highly respected technical training consultant/LMS manager at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. As a certified professional coach and sole proprietor with Dream it Do it Coaching, she helped clients improve their career happiness by learning to be successful doing something that they love. Gretchen loved science fiction. With her son, Max, she was an avid fan of "Dr. Who" and other great science fiction stories, and the two took many fun trips together. Gretchen crocheted and made beautiful blankets and other gifts for her family and close friends. She was fiercely loyal to the people in her life. Gretchen was born in Buffalo, NY and previously lived in New Hartford, NY, New York City, Madison, WI, and Boston before moving to West Newton. She was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Utica, NY, earned her B.A. in history at Canisius College and an M.A. at Columbia University. Gretchen's family requests that no flowers be sent. Donations can be made in her memory to the Elizabeth Evarts De Rham Hospice Home, 65 Chilton St., Cambridge, MA 02138. Friends and co-workers are invited to join her family in celebrating her memory on Sunday, Jan., 20, from 2-4pm at the Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home, 365 Watertown Street, Newton, MA 02458. The family will be planning a larger memorial gathering in the spring.
Andrew J. Magni & Son F.H., Newton

Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 19, 2013
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