Ellen Holleran
Koch Funeral Home - State College
2401 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA
Ellen Espy Holleran Ellen Espy Holleran, 64, of State College, passed peacefully at home on January 6, 2019, after a long and lionhearted battle with cancer. Ellen was born in Bryn Mawr and graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School (Johnstown) and The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development. A true daughter of Pennsylvania, Ellen made her lasting home in State College with her devoted husband Tom, where they raised their two daughters, Molly and Laura. Ellen, affectionately referred to by her family as "Ski Mom", was a passionate outdoorswoman, though her greatest love was for her daughters. She and Tom were dedicated to imparting a loving, adventurous, and personally responsible life to them. We will be left with a seemingly endless hole in our hearts without our Ellen here, but we will be replenished by memories of her with every snowfall. She will also be tenderly remembered in the sunsets, as she and Tom often visited the Penn State Arboretum to watch them in the last years of her life. Ellen is preceded in death by her parents, Carl Espy, Jr. and Regina Z. Heslop. She is survived in her immediate family by her husband Thomas V. Holleran; daughters Molly Taptich (Michael) and Laura Holleran; sister Carol Espy DiSpirito (James); nephew Daniel DiSpirito; and an extended family of loving cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Celebration of Life will be held at Mountain View Country Club, 310 Elks Club Road, Boalsburg, on Sunday January 13, 2019. Family receiving at 1:00 p.m., celebration of life following at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Ellen's name to the Bestwick Foundation, by visiting bestwickfoundation.org. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome. com.
Published by Centre Daily Times on Jan. 9, 2019.
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Dear Tom, Molly, and Laura,
Though I am out of the country, I heard of Ellen's passing from mutual friends. I am so sorry for you loss. We all appreciated Ellen's perseverance in living life despite her ongoing health struggles. We have all learned from her strength.
Barbara Ziff
January 12, 2019
Ellen was such a wonderful neighbor. We had the pleasure of living next to the family in Shingletown where my daughter baby sat beautiful Molly. Our sincerest condolences Tom, Molly and Laura. God bless you all. May she rest in peace in the house of the Lord.
Pamela Graton-Cassera
January 10, 2019
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott and Robin Dutt
January 10, 2019
Dear Holleran Family,
Ellen was such a lovely piece of Happy Valley. She will be missed deeply. We hope for many future blessings upon your family. Prayerfully, The Kissell Family
Kate & Craig Kissell Family
January 10, 2019
Tom, Molly and Lauren,
So sorry to hear of Ellen's passing! She was a really cool person, very genuine, and a lovely friend. You all are in our thoughts and prayers, with hopes for a future filled with fond memories of the good times that you shared with her.
Jennifer Kane
January 9, 2019
Ellen was one of my favorite persons although I haven't really talked or visited her in many years. She and Pam always made me so welcome in years past .
I told Pam I hope they have English muffins in Heaven.
Tom and family I can only imagine the hole in your hearts
Vicki Wilson
January 9, 2019

Dear Tom, Molly and Laura, Ellen's laughter and life will be remembered with love in your hearts. My deepest condolences to you and so pray her spirt will guide you today and everyday. We loving thoughts, Sharon
Sharon Frazier
January 9, 2019
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