Martha Lollis
1948 - 2020
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Martha J. Lollis November 30, 2020 Martha Jane Lollis, died unexpectedly November 30, 2020, at her home in Marcellus, New York. Martha was born January 13, 1948, in Syracuse, NY to Theodore and Jane Reinhard and grew up on Tipperary Hill. She later moved to Westvale where she attended West Genesee High School and graduated valedictorian of her class. Martha received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Science Education from State University of New York at Potsdam, and a Master's degree in Library Science and a Certificate in Advanced Studies from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Massena Central School District, then became a middle school teacher in the Marcellus School District. Marcellus was where she met the love of her life, Mike Lollis. Martha went on to spend 27 years as a librarian at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, where she retired in 2007 as Library Director when her first grandson was born. Martha's interests included loving to cook (and collect cookbooks), entertaining family and friends, being an avid reader and most of all spending time with her two grandsons. She always looked to help others and practiced gratitude each day showing her appreciation for what she had and for those around her. She was an active volunteer, giving back to her community at Francis House, St. Francis Xavier Church, Marcellus Free Library and Meals on Wheels and making countless delicious meals for friends in times of need. Martha is survived by her husband of 44 years, Mike Lollis; daughter Liz Irving and son-in-law Matt Irving; grandsons Oliver (13) and Jack (11); brother Rick Reinhard and his husband Idgla; and her loving golden retriever Rosie. Due to COVID restrictions, a private Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Francis Xavier Church, Marcellus and the Rite of Committal and burial will follow at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple Street, Marcellus, NY, 13108. Ryan Funeral Home Marcellus, NY Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2020.
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January 5, 2021
Wanted to pass along my sincere condolences to Liz and Mr. Lollis. I remember Mrs Lollis not only from high school years but when she worked at CcC. You are in my and Melissa’s prayers and thoughts
Mike O’Connor
Friend
December 15, 2020
To Martha's husband and family:
Ms. Reinhard was my sixth grade teacher. She was tough but fun. I remember her for three things: 1 - She introduced me to the use of "Ms." which seemed almost scandalous at the time, but I of course grew to appreciate it; 2 - She introduced us to Ancient Egypt and always wore an Egyptian necklace; and 3 - She once gave us a test, on a 2-sided ditto paper - the first person to finish would win a prize. The first line said read all the instructions before answering the questions. I raced to write down my answers to all the questions, puzzled at how many students finished long before I did. The last question on the test said: just write your name at the top of the paper, write nothing else, and turn it in. It was a great life lesson. To this day, as a lawyer, I tend to read everything before giving an answer or opinion. May the sorrow of your loss be softened by knowing the wonderful ripple effects she sent out into the world.
Sue Stenger
Student
December 6, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.So very sorry to see this Mike, she was a great person.
Kathy Smiley
Kathy Smiley
Friend
December 4, 2020
Mike and the Lollis and Reihard families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I had Martha as a 5th grade teacher her first year at Marcellus. I was also lucky enough to have her for 6th grade the following year. Two years she endured the eventual class of ‘79. She did so with sternness, witt and an interest in her students. I had to behave because she had a direct pipeline to my Aunt Avis O’Shea in the school office that she reminded me of in case I had thoughts of straying. She always did so with that big smile. She helped to shape a lot young adults and made Marcellus an even better community!

Tim and Michele Glover
Tim Glover
December 4, 2020
I knew Martha as Miss Reinhard, my 6th grade teacher. She was a wonderfully caring teacher who made her students feel valued and special. I will never forget her.
Alex Becerra
Student
December 4, 2020
Martha was just a beautiful person inside and out. I enjoyed many Breakfast with Santa meals and It is with great sorrow for her family that I offer my condolences. I will miss her very mush
Roxanne Taylor
Friend
December 4, 2020
It is so difficult to wrap one's mind around this loss! Martha was the most helpful, heartfelt, involved woman I ever knew. She volunteered for so many! Always concerned about the marginalized and isolated folks! She was a most wonderful lector at St Francis Xavier. She was a most wonderful cook! We will all miss her! My deepest sympathy for Mike and the family!
Terry Kotlarz
Friend
December 4, 2020
I met Martha in January of 1981 when I applied for a job at the Cayuga Community College library as a work study student. I worked many hours with Martha, and she became my mentor. Martha gave me opportunities to work on special library projects. By the time I graduated from Cayuga, I knew I wanted to be a librarian, and I earned my MLS in 1986 at SU. We were professional colleagues for many years, and when there was an available position at Cayuga, I applied. I came ‘back home’ to working in the Cayuga library in 2004. I will always be grateful to Martha for the example she set for me when I was a student and for being my professional colleague.

My sincere condolences to Mike, Liz and the family. Sara
Sara Davenport
Friend
December 4, 2020
To the Lollis family, I would like to say how sorry I am to hear of Martha's passing. My sister Mary recently told me she and Martha had contact over family history.
Martha was ahead of me at West Genny and I saw her often but lost touch over the years. Learning she had made contact with Mary came out of the blue and was a welcomed bit of news. Her passing is a shock.
Again I am sorry for your loss, take strength from one another at this time of sorrow.
Dave Fahey
Family
December 3, 2020
I volunteered with Martha at the Francis House and I looked forward to seeing her and Mike. She was truly an amazing and wonderful woman.

I will miss you and will always remember your kind words and how inspiring you were. I'm blessed to have known you.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Mike and the family.
Leslie
Coworker
December 3, 2020
Ms. Lollis, Miss Rhinehart at the time, was my favorite teacher. She taught me how to think outside the box in 6th grade. She always challenged me and made learning so much fun. A true inspiration! She will be missed.
In the light,
Tim Reagan
Tim Reagan
Student
December 3, 2020
she was a wonderful friend cannot believe she is gone. Made the best dinner rolls at Francis House, Appreciated Father Peter Worn Alot!!' Love her she will be missed alot!! My best to your family know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers always.
Mary Catherine Johnson
Friend
December 3, 2020
I am so sad to hear this news. Mrs Lollis was my 6th grade teacher and one of my favorites teachers. She made every student feel special and worthy.
Karen Ames
Student
December 3, 2020
Liz so sorry for your loss. Debbie Miller
Debbie Miller
December 3, 2020
I am shocked and so saddened to hear of Martha’s passing. I will never forget her kindness when I moved in as the new neighbor many years ago. She always had a smile and stopped to catch up when we ran into each other. May Mike and her family be filled with good memories and with healing through this difficult time.
SarahLee Ritchie
Friend
December 3, 2020
I’m saddened to hear of Martha’s passing. Martha recently reached out to me to discuss our Fahey family tree. I enjoyed speaking with her and comparing notes (good and bad). May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Mary Fahey Maybee
Acquaintance
December 3, 2020
I knew Martha as a joy-filled person who was an avid library supporter and a proud SU alumna. Her willingness to make a difference after retirement was/is inspirational. She will be missed by many.
Jill Hurst-Wahl
Friend
December 3, 2020
Martha was an incredible person. I had her for my 6th grade teacher and I will never forget her compassion nor the kindness she showed to everyone of her students. She will be dearly missed.
Leslie Kraus
Student
December 3, 2020
Martha’s generous spirit and faith filled life was a source of constant inspiration to me. No one who knew her was ready to lose her, but she was more than ready to meet Our Lord. I am sure that, as she passed to the other side of the veil, she was greeted with the words, “Well done, my daughter.”
I will be praying for all of you who loved her...... I am so sorry for your pain.....She loved her family so......She will not leave you...... She knew that it the love that continues, not to be broken by death.....
She is a saint in heaven......
Mary Beth McGinn Gleason
Friend
December 3, 2020
I will always remember Martha for her kindness and sweet smile. My heart goes out to her family.
Joan Longo
Friend
December 3, 2020
I went to West Genesee with Martha, & ended up living in Marcellus & attending St. Francis with her. She was always the same, steady, soothing person who was so grounded in her values. I loved to hear her lecture at Church, & was privileged to consider her a friend.
Judy Priest
Friend
December 3, 2020
There are no words to truly describe Martha, loyal friend, wonderful sister, heartbeat of my brother. I will cherish forever her most precious gift to me, the time I shared in her company.
Mary Beth Lolis-Barnell
Sister
December 2, 2020
Martha & I worked closely together for 27 years at the CCC Library. She will be sorely missed. She was such a devoted ,loving, caring person. The world needs more people like her. I was blown away to hear this sad news.
Cynthia Maloney
Coworker
December 2, 2020
I met Martha through yoga classes and she became a dear friend. I will miss her smile and sunny personality. My condolences to her family for their terrible loss.
Ellen Williams
Friend
December 2, 2020
Martha was a classmate of mine at St. Patrick's School on Tipperary Hill. We were friends all during our grammar school years. I think we were girl scouts together. Martha Reinhard was a person I always equated with my grammar school years at St Patrick's. She was so smart and I was not surprised when I read she had graduated as valedictorian of her West Genesee High School class. Condolences to her family. Christine Hewitt LLoreda
Christine Hewitt LLoreda
Classmate
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