Kathryn K. Holzhauer, 65, of Pocahontas died on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, surrounded by loved ones after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at First Christian Church of Greenville, with the Rev. Tyson Graber officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Greenville. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the church. Assalley-Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Holzhauer was born to Aaron and Delores Collier of Greenville on Oct. 2, 1955. She spent her childhood on the family dairy farm, and had many great adventures with her five sisters. After graduating from Greenville High School, she attended Kaskaskia College where she received an associate’s degree in office management. Throughout her career she worked in the medical office field, most recently retiring from the Bond County Health Department after 18 years of service.
She was an avid water skier and loved to bowl and golf. Her creative and artistic mind was displayed in everything around her, from her love of fashion to her landscaping ideas, home and holiday decorations, and her intricate baked goods. She loved to craft and coordinate project ideas, including the yearly Tree of Hope for Breast Cancer Awareness. She was also a member of the Greenville Optimist Club.
Her family was the center of her world. She looked forward to attending events for her grandchildren and supported everything they wanted to do. She would take any opportunity to travel, whether it was country cruising in her ’70 Mustang convertible, a road trip with her husband Gary in the ’35 Ford pickup, a visit to the Lake of the Ozarks, a cruise to the Caribbean or any vacation near the beach. Hosting family and holiday gatherings meant a great deal to her. She enjoyed her music and she loved to dance.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Holzhauer of Pocahontas; mother, Delores Collier of Greenville; daughter, Aundrea (husband Andrew) Mergner of Greenville; son, Michael (wife Haley) Schildknecht of Osage Beach, MO; step-son, Michael (wife Samantha) Holzhauer of Fenton, MO; grandchildren, Taylor Bailey, Ethan Mergner, Mikaley and Nelson Schildknecht; and sisters, Carolyn Hopkins of Lawrenceville, GA, Janet (husband John) Guetterman of Knightdale, NC, Loretta Summers of Lebanon, IN, Cheryl (husband Robert) Foehner of Greenville, and Nancy (husband, Jeff) Tischhauser of Pocahontas.
She was preceded in death by her father, Aaron Collier.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to Bond County Hospice or the Greenville Optimists Club is suggested. Visit www.youngfh.net to share memories or offer condolences.