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Linda E. Holman

March 12, 1943 - June 10, 2023

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Linda Ellen Gratz Holman, 80 of Elida, Ohio passed away on June 10, 2023, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Lima, Ohio on March 12, 1943, to Winifred Ellen Mack Gratz and Kenneth Eugene Gratz. She married Arthur Holman on June 17th, 1967, and was looking forward to celebrating their 56th year of marriage.
Family includes daughters Kara (Rick) Woeller of West Chester, Ohio, Krista (Caleb) Slemmons of Presque Isle, Wisconsin, and Kate (Chris) Stengel of Worthington, Ohio; siblings: Carol (Roger) Graber, Diana Miller, and Dave (Donna) Gratz, a beloved Aunt Mary Kathryn Mack, grandchildren: Gwyn and Gretchen Woeller, Oren, Ira and Adia Slemmons, and Cameron, Cora and Caroline Stengel, and numerous nieces, nephews, and treasured friends.
She was a graduate of Bath Local Schools and earned her bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University and a master’s degree from Toledo University. She started her teaching career at Sylvania Local Schools in Toledo, Ohio where she met Art while he was visiting her roommate. They began their life adventure together teaching first at Wethersfield AFB in England and then at Wiesbaden AFB in Germany. This afforded them the chance to travel throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. Upon returning to the states, she embarked on a 28-year teaching career first at Gomer Elementary and later at Elida Local Schools. A devoted and patient teacher, she saw the potential in all her students and their limitless possibilities.
Linda was a passionate musician of piano, flute, piccolo, organ, and voice, who perfected her craft not through raw talent but through hard work and the desire to share her love of music with others. She was a member of St. Paul’s UMC Church in Elida where for over 30 years, she sang in the choir and served as organist, a skill she cultivated later in life. She also was a member of the Lima Concert Band and Flute Choir, the Hallelujah Saints Band, Lima Symphony Chorus, and the American Guild of Organists.
Giving to others without expecting reward, Linda was a devoted member of the Elida community, volunteering numerous hours at the election polls, organizing Senior Day Out luncheons, and serving as a volunteer at the Covid clinic, the American Association of University Women Book Fair, and for the Elida Schools’ Quiz Bowl team as a question reader. Her compassionate service to others extended past the local community through her participation as a National Institute of Health and Sarcoma Cancer Research study volunteer and through her organization of Relay for Life walks. As a master cherry pie maker, she shared her talents for cooking dinners and baking at family gatherings and numerous church funerals.

Full of adventure, Linda was an avid traveler and along with her husband, visited all 50 states, 61 countries and 6 continents. She always ended each trip with plans for the next one. While passionate about experiencing new cultures and places, she felt most at home with her family in her cottage at Bear Lake, Michigan. One of her joys was sharing the love of travel with her grandkids, taking each of them on an adventure for their 10th birthday along with many, many cross-country family adventures – never was a National Park Visitor Center missed and ice cream was a good enough reason for a long drive.
She was an ace of cards and never missed an opportunity to play bridge, bunco, euchre or board games with her friends and grandchildren. She was a friend to many, spending time laughing with groups of women from church, work, the neighborhood, high school, and college – many of these occasions ending with one of her famous cherry pies.
She believed in and supported her children unconditionally, encouraging them to value intellect, hard work, and independence, not through preaching but leading by example. Never a harsh word, she was instrumental in teaching them to be open-minded, see the positive in life and believe in themselves.
She fought her battle with cancer like she lived her life with class, optimism, grit, and determination. She lived her life to the fullest and was an anchor in the lives of her husband, children, and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.
There will be a Celebration of Life held on Friday, June 16, 2023 at 11:00 am at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Elida, OH. Officiating the service will be Rev. Paul Scannell. Burial of cremated remains will be held privately at a later date.
Friends may visit on Thursday from 4-8 pm at the CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.


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