MOLLY E. CALLAHAN. Age 60. Beloved daughter of Mark and Helyn (nee Joyce). Loving sister of Peggy Hill, Patty Callahan (Laura), Maureen Ward (Gene deceased), Michael, Sheila Ridley (Mike), and Katie Mortensen (Bill). Dear aunt to Anthony Ridley, John Hill (Kayla), Sara Ridley, Julie Mortensen, Jeff Mortensen (Carly), and Maggie Ridley (Will). Mama to her beloved cats Minnie and Gabby. Dear friend to many. VISITATION SUNDAY 10/2 FROM 12-3PM AT ZABOR FUNERAL HOME 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma, Oh 44129. PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE. As an organ donor, Molly was able to donate her eyes. She was a passionate advocate of ovarian cancer education. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OROC (Outrun ovarian cancer) To offer condolences visit

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  1. Laura Pilnick on September 30th, 2022 3:06 pm

    I did not know Molly well, but in the brief time we spent together, I felt her warmth, intelligence, humor, and innate sweetness. Her courage in her own battle against ovarian cancer and her activism to help other women and to educate the medical profession was amazing. I will remember her dearly.


  2. Mary Ann Whitley on September 30th, 2022 8:45 pm

    Please accept my sincere sympathy. I worked with Molly at The Plain Dealer. It was amazing to me how she kept going with round after round of chemo over her years of dealing with ovarian cancer. She was a great colleague and a friend. When she adopted a kitten, I gave her a quick course in Cat Care 101. She didn’t know anything about cats, but it turned out she was a cat person! I liked seeing the humorous photos of her cats on Facebook. Cat lovers can never see too many cat photos! I hope that she and her sweet Minnie are now together again.

  3. Brian Hill on October 1st, 2022 2:24 am

    Very sorry to hear of Molly’s passing. Knowing Molly from years past, I always enjoyed her presence in all the many Callahan family gatherings. She will be missed by many, and am offering my condolences to the entire extended Callahan family.
    Brian Hill

  4. Carol on October 1st, 2022 12:14 pm

    Molly was a great friend to me. We met when we became colleagues at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Among our many outings were trips to Zephyr Field to watch minor-league baseball; we ranked our favorite players by skill and other, uh, more subjective qualities. I visited her in Cleveland/Rocky River a couple times and completed the OROC race with her team one year. She had a very sly, dry wit and a quick mind, and was always kind and thoughtful. I will especially miss our email correspondence and sharing tales of our respective cats’ hijinks.

  5. Laurie Sidle on October 2nd, 2022 1:13 am

    I have fond memories of sharing a newsroom with Molly at The Daily Record. She was a talented journalist and working alongside her made me a better writer. My sympathy to her family.

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