Rachel Holtz

Rachel Holtz (Gehrlein)

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Rachel Henrietta Gehrlein Holtz, age 98, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

She was born on August 3, 1921 in Erie, a daughter of the late Frank and Ida S. (Becker) Gehrlein.

Rachel was a housewife and an avid knitter for years. She made beautiful blankets and scarfs, and especially liked to make slippers and mittens for her grandchildren. She always liked to give her grandchildren a little card with some money and always told them to buy pizza with it. She enjoyed her evenings with a glass of beer or two and also enjoyed watching tv.

Besides her parents, Rachel was preceded in death by her husband Arthur W. Holtz Sr., her brothers Vincent, Robert, Richard, Norbert, Frank, and Donald Gehrlein, a sister, Agnes Fogle, and a great grandson, Andrew Dylan Chatt.

She is survived by her son Arthur W. Holtz Jr. (Connie) of Avon, NY., a daughter Janice of Erie, a sister Arlene Oregnia (John), a sister-in-law Theresa Gehrlein, grandchildren Timothy Holtz and Lisa Homer of Avon, NY., Deborah Letkiewicz (Paul), Leah Chatt (Glenn) and Todd Putt of Erie. 10 Great grandchildren, Alyssa Zona (Vito) and Scarlet May, of Charlottesville, VA, Talon Homer of Avon, NY, Matthew Letkiewicz (Nadja Tamika), Dana, Joseph, and Drew Chatt, and Deanna, and great great granddaughters, Emma, Jade, Nash, Sara, and Joey Putt. Also many nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by all of her relatives.

Friends may call on Wednesday at the Kloecker Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc 2502 Sassafras St. Erie, Pa. 16502 from 11 am until 2 pm. Send condolences to

Internment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
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    Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc.
    2502 Sassafras St.
    Erie, PA 16502
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sharon swanseger

Posted at 12:12pm
My Deepest Sympathy is extended to the family of Rachel Holtz, she was a wonderful woman and will be missed.
Sharon Swanseger

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