Mary Holzer, 91, mother of Wykoff man

Mary Y. Holzer, 91, a longtime Stewartville resident, died of natural causes on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, surrounded by family, at the Stewartville Care Center where she had been a resident since September 2015.

Mary Yvonne Degnan was born on April 24, 1927, in Lewiston to Peter and Florence (Duncanson) Degnan.

She moved often with her family as a young girl, growing up in Winona County and attended Cathedral High School in Winona, graduating in 1945.

She was united in marriage to William F. Holzer on Oct. 5, 1946, in Minneiska, Minn.

Following their marriage, the couple farmed in rural Rushford and Plainview before moving to rural Stewartville in 1955. They moved into Stewartville in 1961, where they raised their family and continued to make their home.

She was a homemaker and was employed as a nursing unit manager at Rochester Methodist Hospital for 27 years until her retirement. Her husband died on Feb. 22, 2010.

She was a longtime member of St. Bernards Catholic Church, where she belonged to its CCW and helped with many church events through the years. She enjoyed music, baking and cooking, fishing and solving crossword puzzles. She loved following her children’s and grandkid’s school and sporting activities and time spent with family meant everything to her.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Don) Powers of Hawick, Minn.; three sons, Mike (Cheryl) of Wykoff, William “Bill” (Pam) of Hayfield and Steve (Liz) of St. Paul; 15 grandchildren, Richard (Heather) Holzer, Nathan (Desiree) Holzer, John (Jamie) Holzer, Scott (Amanda) Landherr, Mary (Michael) Peck, Erin (Jim) Krulish, Mike Haugh, Daniel Haugh, Kari Haugh, Natalie (Adam) Miller, Chad (Erin) Powers, Chris (Marta) Powers, Wade Powers (Erin Enderson), Meghan (Patrick) Simpson and Katie (Ben) Weber; 20 great-grandchildren; her sister, Joan Dorsey of Lakeport, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; daughter, Pat Landherr; grandson, Kyle Haugh and brothers, Bill Degnan and George Degnan.

A mass of Christian burial for her was held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with the Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

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