Ada Marie ‘Ame’ Chrestay Holzman

Sept. 27, 1922 – June 23, 2013 

Ada Marie “Ame” Chrestay Holzman died peacefully and surrounded by family members Sunday, June 23, 2013, after 90 years of well-spent life, 71 years of loving marriage and 70 years of nurturing motherhood. Adaline Marie was born on Sept. 27, 1922, in Duquense, Pa., to Andrew Albert Chrestay and Erma Blanche Williams Chrestay.

She is survived by the love of her life, Martin E. Holzman Sr. of Eagle Spring Lake, as well as her children: Christie Wagar of Medford Lakes, N.J., Martin (Rosalie) Holzman Jr. of Julian, Calif., Daniel (Catherine) Holzman of Baraboo, Patty Holzman of Mukwonago, Diana (Jeff) Brower of Walworth, Kathleen Holzman-Henry (Tim) Henry of Marlinton, W.V., and Jeannine Holzman; her grandchildren, Vern (Denise), Blake (Monica), Jonathan (Jenn), Jeffrey, Jason, Beth (Gary), Lowell (Elizabeth), Ginger, Amy (Larry) and Daniel; her great-grandchildren, Jenny (Kevin), Matthew, Katie (Tyler), Joshua, Lauren, Rachel, Justin, Ada Rose, Samantha and Ruby; and her great-great-grandchildren, Mia, Easton and Liam.

She was preceded in death by two siblings, Virginia Starr and Andrew Chrestay Jr., and survived by two siblings, David (Charlotte) Chrestay and Carol (Cornelius) Spontak, as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Ada’s passing leaves the many who loved her in a wake of sorrow, but also gives us reason to celebrate the wonderful, quick-witted, warm-hearted woman that she was.

Married on March 17, 1942, Ada and Martin embarked upon a full, exciting life together, traveling the world with the Air Force, making lifelong friends everywhere they went. She dedicated her time to teaching Sunday school, sewing, quilting, gardening and painting ceramics. Whether in Japan, Panama, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, or “up the hill” in Eagle, Ada made a warm, joyful home wherever she happened to be. There was nobody better with a welcoming hug, a potato-masher, or a Sequence chip. We are lucky beyond measure to have had Ada Marie Holzman in our lives: a dear wife, a cherished friend, a loving mother, grandmother, great- and great-great-grandmother, a sweetheart.

Ada’s visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service today, June 26, at Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church, S90W27550 National Ave., Vernon.

In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make a donation to the African Mercy Ships.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.