Millicent Brott Holzinger
April 29, 1918 - July 17, 2010
Millicent Brott Holzinger died on July 17 at the age of 92 after a life well-lived, filled with the love of her children and grandchildren and dedicated to peace-making. She was born in Hartford, CT in 1918 and went to schools in Buffalo, NY, then to Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA, where she graduated cum laude. She worked in Washington, D.C. for the National Committee to Abolish the Poll Tax and then enlisted with the American Red Cross for service in WWII, where she served in field offices in New Caledonia and in Guadalcanal.
Following the end of the war, she married Capt. Charles Holzinger. They spend several years at the University of Chicago, where Milly studied Social Work Administration. They then moved to Lancaster, where they raised their 5 children and Milly briefly worked as secretary to the Dean of Franklin and Marshall. Believing passionately in peace and social justice issues, she was a committed community volunteer and peace activist. A member of the Lancaster Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) for over 50 years, she served her Quaker community in many ways, including serving as a clerk. She helped start in 1967 a weekly silent vigil in Penn Square against the Vietnam War that continued until 1971, and she was a faithful witness for peace until the time of her death. In her later years she particularly enjoyed travel and gardening with Charles.
She is survived by Charles, daughters Emily Hausman of So. Ryegate, VT (Rick), Anne of Minneapolis, MN and Becky of Philadelphia, and sons Tom of Montreal, Quebec (Angela Mackay) and Steve of Sharon, MA (Donna) and 8 grandchildren. She is also survived by a foster son Quyen Van Nguyen, sponsored by Milly and Charles in 1975, of Clifton, VA (Mai Huong Tran).
In addition, she is survived by one sister, Cynthia Biasca of Los Gatos, CA (Frank) and three half-siblings: Irving Brott of Orchard Park (Donna), NY, Barbara Myers of Orchard Park, NY (Jerry), and Harriet Wenger of Sarasota, FL.
Memorial contributions in Milly's memory can be made to the Lancaster County Conservancy or to the American Red Cross, Southeastern PA chapter. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 1, at 4 pm at the Lancaster Friends Meeting.
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