Russell D. Holzer

Date of Death: 7/14/2019

Russell D. Holzer

February 11, 1944 – July 14, 2019

Russell D. Holzer, 75, Altoona, passed away Sunday at UPMC Altoona, unexpectedly.

Russ was born in Altoona, son of the late Anna Marie Holzer.  On August 24, 1980, he married Susan L. Sevel.

Surviving are his wife; two sons: Michael (Heather) Holzer and Daniel (Elyse) Holzer all of Altoona; and three grandchildren: Ari, Ethan and Maddox.

Russ was a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and Penn State University and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He retired from the PA Department of Corrections as a counselor.

Russ was a member of Temple Beth Israel.

He enjoyed gardening, leathercraft, stained glass, woodworking, reading, traveling and photography, where he was a member of the ASA 80’s Photography Club.

Friends will be received from 10 to Noon, Wednesday, July 17, 2019 followed by a funeral service at Noon at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, Inc., 2309 Broad Avenue, Altoona, by Rabbi Audrey Korotkin.  Interment will be at Mt. Sinai Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to:  Central PA Humane Society, 1837 Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602, Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., Altoona, PA 16602 or Monica’s Heart,C/O Peg O’Brien, 1887 Bellemead Dr., Altoona, PA  16602.


Dedicated dad

Russ always had a smile and a greeting for me. I've been close with his son Mike for 20+ years. Though I didn't know him very well, Russ and Susie were always kind to me when I was growing up, treating me like family. The most frequently I saw Russ was in Mike's photos because he was so proud of the projects they worked on together. It was heartwarming to see--I wish everybody had a dad who taught them leather craft! I think the last time I had a conversation with Russ was on the way to a Humane Society Pints for Pets event. I remember thinking that I hope to be attending outdoor events with friends like Russ at age 72. He was a great dad and grandfather who maintained a life rich with hobbies and friendships.

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