Martha J. Holder

Martha J. Holder, age 80, of Erie, was lovingly surrounded by her family when she passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017. She was born in Union City, PA on March 28, 1937, daughter of the late Daniel and Irma Holder.

Martha enjoyed watching TV, especially Westerns, anything tying into Elvis Presley, including his music, but she especially loved time with her grandchildren. Martha had a big heart and always had a house full of kids.

Martha was the mother of six children, Violet Holder, William Swan, Karen Fetzner, David Holder, Sandra Stroup, and Jodi Turben; and two whom she raised as her own, Angela Counsasse, and Jennifer Bemis. Martha is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Martha is further survived by her long-time partner of 35 years, George Swan. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita Fassett, and Kate Hamrick.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 2607 Buffalo Rd.

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