Ethel “Peggy” Holz

Ethel “Peggy” Holz, age 94, was called home by her Lord and Savior on August 18, 2021, following a short illness.

Peggy was born in Onarga, IL, November 19, 1926, to Florence T. and Cecil R. Strayer. She chose to be baptized into the Christian Church in Kankakee at the age of 12. Peggy talked about this with great pride and was a strong Christian lady.

She spent most of her childhood in the Kankakee, IL area until moving to Michigan in high school. Peg attended Grand Ledge High School, Lansing Central and proudly walked to the brand new J.W. Sexton High School from Old Central in the opening ceremony. Peggy got her diploma from Old Everett High School in 1944. She went on to Lansing Business College and studied stenography. She then went to work for the Federal Social Security Office in its infancy, where she loved her job.

She met Eric Holz on a blind date. They married Dec. 1, 1951 at Main Street Methodist Church. After marriage she took the lessons and was confirmed a Lutheran, joining Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church so that she and Eric could attend church together.

Peggy and Eric had two children, daughter Nancy and son Kenneth. They were her pride and joy. She left the work force when she had the children. She was an excellent homemaker, baker, cook and entertainer. She cheerfully shared all of her skills in the Ladies Aid and Morning Circle groups at Trinity. Chairing many large dinners including Sauerkraut Suppers, innumerable parties where she designed and crafted favors, decorations, meals, she immersed herself in the joyful service of her congregation, friends and family. One of her favorite things was to have a party with a coordinating theme, down to writing and helping to perform skits! Peggy also shared her love of the Lord by teaching both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.

She and Eric, along with their children, built a cottage on Round Lake, Mecosta, MI. They spent most summer weekends and the month of August there. Peggy was a gracious hostess there too, inviting many people to share in the water sports and meals she’d prepare. She never shied from a challenge or hard work.

She had many interests including cooking, entertaining, knitting, crocheting, writing scripts and enjoying time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, Florence and Cecil Strayer, brothers Merwin and Robert Strayer, sisters Fran Coates and Ruth Rademaker, and husband Eric E. Holz.

Left to mourn her loss are daughter Nancy (Rich) Jenkins, son Ken (Barb) Holz, grandchildren Nick (Joan) Jenkins, Eric (Tiffany) Holz, Krista Holz and fiancé Jason Vera along with one great-granddaughter, Giana Garcia.

The funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7740 W. St. Joseph Hwy., Lansing. Interment will follow in Delta Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Building Fund. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Connie Swix
August 19, 2021 at 10:11 am

Peggy was a bright light in my life, She was a customer of my stained glass studio, and then we became friends, (where I unknowingly met my Nancy at 7am at the allergist’s office over 40 years ago), then I had two wonderful friends. Peggy knew and loved everyone, my neighbor Florence Hill, and she went to the same church, so we’d all have fun lunches together. I am so fortunate to have been included in many family activities with the Holz family. She was happy at her room in Grand Haven Living Center, but with covid 19 I could not visit her and had to stay away, and will not be at the funeral either. am grateful her long struggle is over and she’s in a better peaceful place. Her memory and her purchasing stained glass frogs will be with me forever. Pease and Comfort to her family. Peggy was a good woman.

Nancy R Jenkins
August 19, 2021 at 9:17 pm

Thank you for all your kindness!

Nick Jenkins
August 19, 2021 at 9:36 pm

I’m eternally grateful for the many years I got to spend with my grandma when I was growing up. She was one of the most genuine, loving and kind people this world has ever seen. She was strong, she was opinionated, and she was so very, very considerate of the unique circumstances of others.

She was one of the best friends I ever had. She taught me a ton about living life, and she never, ever skirted around the truth with me, or with anybody who valued her perspective.

I pray that I may never forget the sound of her voice as long as I live. I’m so very grateful that she heard mine one last time before she passed through the veil, which was no small miracle to say the least.

Richard Lee Jenkins
August 20, 2021 at 7:32 am

My Mother(in law was a great lady! The first time I met her and Pa she made me feel very wanted in their house. I would bring Nancy home from school and she would have a lunch waiting for us so we both could go to work. Mother was one of the most generous people I have ever known! When Nancy and I decided to get married I had to go to her house and ask if I could marry their daughter. When I got there mother asked me to sit down. Pa was very gruff but I looked over at Mother and she had a big smile on her face. That’s the way she always was. She was my favorite mother in law!! When Nancy and I had our first fight as a married couple Nancy called her Mom and wanted to come back home. Mother said, “NO work it out together.” So we always have for 45 years!! I will always miss her in my life. Heaven just received one of God’s finest people. I love you, Mother.

George and Judi Coates
August 20, 2021 at 9:47 am

How we always looked forward to our Michigan trips and visits with Aunt Peg and Uncle Eric.
Sitting around the living room reminiscing and solving all the worlds problems while laughs abound. These times will surely be missed.
She will be missed by all who’s lives she touched.

Frederick Lynch
August 31, 2021 at 2:58 pm

Peggy and Eric were strong Christian friends and they will be missed.


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