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The Rev. Howard F. Holtz, 89, founder and former pastor of Christ Temple Assembly Church, Cheektowaga, died Sunday (Sept. 19, 1999) in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, after a long illness.

He was born in Buffalo and lived in the area all his life.

Mr. Holtz was a bus driver for Niagara Frontier Transit Co. and then for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority from the 1940s until he retired in 1972.

He founded Christ Temple Assembly Church, a Pentecostal congregation, in 1949. He retired as pastor several years ago but continued to teach Sunday school until the mid-1990s.

Mr. Holtz enjoyed printing as a hobby.

He and Amelia Nieman were married in 1930. She died in 1975.

Survivors include two sons, James of Kenmore and Elmer of Randolph; two daughters, Ruth Monteith of Amherst and Ethel Dibble of Waterbury, Conn.; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Christ Temple Assembly Church, 97 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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