Carol Irene (née, Hollinger) Holtz

July 21, 1942 ‒ May 21, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Carol Irene (née, Hollinger) Holtz, a strong-willed, independent, kind and loving person, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her children and grandchildren Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Heartland of Marion, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, at the age of 74.

Carol was a self-made woman born in Catawba, Wisconsin, one of 11 children, to the late Richard Emanuel Hollinger and Ruby Elizabeth (Tague) Hollinger.  After graduating from Prentice High School, where she sang The Lord’s Prayer at commencement,  her life took her to Milwaukee, WI and then to Marion where she raised her children and grandchildren.

Carol was self-taught and a hardworking woman who single handedly raised five children while running her own upholstery business C&S Upholstery for 14 years.  She was a remarkable seamstress and had a wonderful ability to sew and stitch just about anything, which was evident by all the quilts she made for her children and grandchildren each made especially for the receiver.  Carol was a do it herself type of person; if she saw something she liked she would make it, this included anything from couches and tables to her famous home cooked meals.

Carol loved the outdoors and spending time with her family. A favorite pastime was camping/hiking through the woods with her children and discovering the great outdoors. She would spend countless hours sewing, reading, gardening and watching birds.   She loved to sing and hum songs; one of her favorites being Amazing Grace.  In addition to singing, Carol enjoyed listening to all styles of music; but her favorites were Neil Diamond and Andrea Bocelli.

The most important part of Carol’s life was her children and she gladly sacrificed everything for them.  She made sure her children were always taken care of and to never doubt their strength and abilities. She often treated the neighborhood children and her children’s friends as if they were her own never turning any child away.  In later years, she was an invaluable part of raising all of her grandchildren.  Carol was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel with her brother Eddie, who she remained close with all of her life and valued their friendship dearly, across the country visiting family members who she had not seen in years. She also enjoyed vacationing with her children and grandchildren.

Carol will be sadly missed by her children, Carmen Gear of Delaware, Julie (James) Mills of Marion, Stephen Holtz of Marion, Richard (Amy) Holtz of Marion, and Jennifer McGinnis of Marion; grandchildren, Kaelah and Briannah Criswell, Nathaniel Holtz, James Mills II, Whitney Roberts, Rachel Holtz, Allen and Richard Holtz, and Allison and Joslyn Morrow; three great-grandchildren, Gracie, Gavin, and Gabriella Roberts; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Private services will be held at The Marion Cemetery with a Wake planned on her Birthday.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Carol’s family.  Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting

  • So sorry for the loss of Carol Holtz..We met when my son married her daughter.
    She was funny and a hoot to be around..
    Then when she was in Heartland I was able to visit her because I have relatives in there..I would hold her hand and talk to her..we would sing together..I would mention her grandsons we have in common and she would know for a long time who I was talking about and she would yell out (because of her disease) or smile..She had a special tune she made up and sang it constantly..One time I heard the aides sing it when they were working in another room..said they even sang it at home.
    I was in Heartland today and the hall was very quiet..even tho she is in a much better place I will sure miss her when I go to Heartland..Love, Comfort and Peace to her Family!!

  • I only met Carol at the end of life. But she was a very special lady. We had many conversations with many in the end being just a holding of her hand or smiles and laughs. I’m glad I was able to get to know her what time I did.

    To the family my deepest condolences. To her daughter Carmen thank you for allowing me to share the strength of your life.

  • Carol was truly a wonderful lady. I remember growing up with her children, heading to the upholstery shop and goofing off while she worked or just hanging out at the house on Orchard. Later in life I got to watch as she slowly faded in health, but still wandering the halls with a smile. She will certainly be missed. Sending prayers to her beautiful kids & their families as well as all who loved her ~

  • I am so sorry to hear this news today. She was a wonderful woman. Carol helped to watch over my two children, Jake and Josephine, while I worked. Pretty sure she potty trained them. I can remember her homemade noodles hanging over the chairs in the kitchen. She was a wonderful soul. God bless her and her family. I’m happy to have known her.

  • It is so hard to lose our parents at anytime. I know when my parents passed I felt like an orphan. I miss them terribly as I know you do your Mother/Grandmother, as she was a great ambitious lady sent to heaven way too soon.

    I pray for your healing and the peace of the great memories you all have of your life with her. God be with you all during your healing.

    Love you all. Jane Fogle Click