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Arthur F. “Skip” Holzerland

Arthur F. “Skip” Holzerland

Arthur F. “Skip” Holzerland, 73, of Dunkirk passed away Sunday morning May 21, 2023.

Skip was born July 13, 1949, in Buffalo, NY, the fourth son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Monaghan) Holzerland, and was raised in the Town of Tonawanda.

He was a 50-year resident of Dunkirk/Fredonia following his marriage to Patsy Miller. After graduating from Kenmore East High School in Tonawanda, NY he enlisted in the United States Navy where he was a signalman on the USS Truckee. There, he served our country for four years and two additional years in the United States Reserves.

He worked at the M&T Bank in Dunkirk/Fredonia for 46 years as a Universal Banker. In addition, he volunteered for the Red Cross, worked at Sidey’s in Dunkirk and JC Penney’s for 20 years, was an active member of the Kiwanis Club, served as a Eucharistic Minister for St. Joseph’s Church in Fredonia, enjoyed playing cards and visiting Ted’s Hot Dogs in Tonawanda for his favorite hotdog.

Survivors include his spouse of 51 years, Patsy (Miller) Holzerland; son Paul Holzerland (Christine), son Eric Holzerland, and granddaughter Anna Rae Holzerland. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Zimmerman, brother Gary (Mary) Holzerland, sister-in-law Linda (Keith) Francis, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers John (Marie), Richard (Barbara) and Robert (Carol).

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church. There will be no prior visitation. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 786 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, or Western New York Heart Association, 25 Hazelwood Dr., Buffalo, NY 14228.

Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.

1 Comment

  • Terry Byrd Posted May 31, 2023 8:41 pm

    To the family of by big brother SKIP- i had the honor of serving with him on the USS Truckee in the early 70s , We made 2 trips to the Med and along with Ed, Tommy, Donald
    Dale it was a wonderful cruise. I can remember one time when we came back from a Med cruse the OOD said “” all signalmen report to the barbershop before you can leave the ship to get a Hair cut- we all thought OK we will just stay aboard znd let our hair grow-Little did we realize SKIP WAS the ONLY MARRIED SIGNALMEN. We went DOWN to get our haircuts so Skip to go home to be with hia wife. Going to miss you ole friend- hope to see you soon!!!!!!

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