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Joan K. Holzman, founder of local publications, dies at 82

July 17, 1932 – Jan. 20, 2015

Joan K. Holzman, chairwoman of Buffalo Publishing Corp. and Print Plus, died Jan. 20 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year and a half ago. She was 82.

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, the former Joan K. Kohl earned bachelor and master degrees from the University at Buffalo. She began her career as an English teacher and guidance counselor in the Kenmore School District.

Returning to UB to earn a juris doctor degree, she partnered in the purchase of the Buffalo Law Journal rather than practicing law. She ran the daily operation of the Law Journal for 13 years while simultaneously founding other publications including Buffalo Downtown, Buffalo Business Journal and Rochester Business Journal.

Mrs. Holzman was co-founder of Buffalo Newspress Inc., a full service web printer in downtown Buffalo. She was still actively involved with Print Plus, a division of Buffalo Publishing Corp., a commercial printing and direct mail company she founded over 40 years ago.

She served on the board of Beechwood Continuing Care for many years and enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Donald J.; a daughter, Annette H. Fitch; two sisters, Donna Brott and Cynthia Karakas; a brother, Ronald Kohl; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services are private.

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