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October 18, 2023
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Maria Theresia Holzer (nee Kogelbauer), age 88, of Long Branch, NJ, passed away on October 18, 2023 after a brief hospitalization with her loving family at her side. Maria was born on June 25, 1935, in Vienna, Austria. She apprenticed as a seamstress in Vienna until her marriage to Johann Holzer, whom she met at an Austrian folk dancing youth club. In 1954, Maria and Johann immigrated to the United States and settled in Long Branch, where they raised their four children.
Maria was an active member of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church and took great pleasure in her involvement in the church community. She was known for her love of gardening and baking delicious Viennese pastries for her loved ones. Maria also enjoyed traveling and sewing. Her daily walks on "her" boardwalk brought her immense joy.
Maria was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Johann Holzer in 2003, and her son-in-law, David Perlstein in 2021.
Maria will be remembered as a proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her children, Tom Holzer (Marita), Brigitte Holzer-Perlstein, Ingrid Holzer, and Chris Holzer (Kathy). Maria's legacy also includes her cherished grandchildren: Karl Holzer (Marybeth), Kristin Holzer (Karl Doerrer), Melanie Perlstein, Michael Perlstein (Emily Merrick), Jesse Perlstein, CJ Holzer, Billy Holzer, and Samantha Holzer. Additionally, Maria leaves behind her adored great-grandchildren: Oliver Perlstein, Henry Holzer, and Natalie Holzer. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in the Vienna, Austria area.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Damiano Funeral Home, located at 191 Franklin Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 11:30 AM at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 800 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery, 1173 Eatontown Blvd., Oceanport, NJ 07757.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Maria's memory to the Alzheimer's Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at https://www.alz.org. Donations can also be made to St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 800 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
Maria Holzer will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. May she rest in peace.