Helen Holtz, 92

Helen Jenny Holtz, age 92, of Sturgis, passed away early Friday morning, October 8, 2021 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
She was born March 20, 1929 in Chicago, daughter of the late Stanley and Bernice (Dykavitz) Markus.
Mrs. Holtz resided in Sturgis since the age of 18 coming from Colon where she was a graduate of Colon High School.
On June 19, 1948 she married Albert “AJ” Holtz in Sturgis. He preceded her in death July 1, 2008.
Mrs. Holtz retired from the Kirsch Company in Sturgis following 50 years of dedicated employment.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis and enjoyed cooking and gardening.
She is survived by two daughters: Brenda (George Derbalian) Edmonds of Manistee and Ellen (John) Schull of Sturgis; three granddaughters: Carissa (Peter) Newman of Battle Creek, Amber (Mike) Martin of Kalamazoo and Kileigh (Sean) Lacey of Middlebury, Indiana; one grandson: John (Chasity) Gouker of Irons; seven great grandchildren: Ajae Gouker, Parker Newman, Paxten Newman, Jack Martin, Cleo Martin, Finleigh Lacey and Hutch Lacey and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one daughter: Kim Holtz; three brothers: Stanley Markus, Walter Markus and Edward Markus; one sister: Bernice Markus Barry.
Private graveside services and burial will take place at the Lakeside Cemetery in Colon in Sturgis. The Rev. Calvin Kolzow of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis will officiate.
The Hackman Family Funeral Homes of Sturgis is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Holtz’s memory consider the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue, PO Box 297, Kent City, MI 49330.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where we encourage relatives and friends to share memories and leave condolences for the family.

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