Barbara A. Holtz

March 31, 2023
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Rushville/Shortsville – Barbara A. Holtz, age 81, passed away at M.M. Ewing CCC, on March 31, 2023, after a brief illness.

There will be a private graveside service for family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Happy Tails, 2976 Co. Rd. 48, Canandaigua, NY 14424.

Barbara was born Oct. 20, 1941 in Canandaigua, NY. She was the daughter of the late Vance E. Pulsipher, Jr. and Barbara Jane Brahm Pulsipher. She married Norman C. Holtz on January 7, 1961 in the Presbyterian Church in Shortsville, NY.

Barbara was retired from G.W. Lisk. She also tied grapes at a family vineyard in Naples for many years.

Barbara and Norman enjoyed camping. They took their family to many campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Allegheny State Park, tent camping for many years, and later camping in a comfortable trailer.

Barbara loved to do crafts and sewing. She enjoyed selling her handiwork at area craft fairs, with the help of her daughters.

She was an extraordinary baker, who gifted her family with trays of assorted cut-out cookies for every holiday. She made sure to pass on her baking tips to her family.

Barbara was also an animal lover. She enjoyed feeding and watching birds. Barbara loved to raise chickens for eggs. Her last chicken passed away recently at the age of 16. She had 2 cats, that survive her.

Barbara is survived by 3 children, Norma (Kevin) Clark, Wayne (Stephanie) Holtz and Kimberly (Matthew) Hyde; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Julie Harris and several nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful to the staff at M.M.  Ewing for their kind care of Barbara.

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Mark Broderick from Shortsville. NY on Apr. 2, 2023

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, it's always a struggle when you lose a loved one. Sending my thoughts and prayers!

Kim Williamson from Shortsville on Apr. 2, 2023

Terry and I are so sorry for your loss! Norm and Barb were great neighbors!! They are back together again! Prayers and hugs!

Sharon and Pete Cornelius from Rushville, New York on Apr. 3, 2023

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Your mother was always the one I called when a stray cat or dog showed up to tell me who might be the owner of the animal or perhaps it was one that she had been taking care of. She had a great heart for animals. I enjoyed her and your Dad when they used to come to the Congregational Church. She was friendly and loving and always willing to make and bring cookies to events. We will miss her. You are all in my prayers. Sharon and Pete Cornelius

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