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REV. HOWARD F. HOLTZ, FOUNDER OF CHURCH

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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