Leokadia “Lilly” Holly, age 96 of Sidney, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Ohio Living Dorothy Love. She was born February 2, 1926, in Pinsk, Poland, to the late Spiridon and Irena Gorbaewiez Wolozkowna On September 20,1948, she married Joseph Leroy Holly who died on June 28, 2013.
Survivors include a son, Richard Leroy (Mary Lou) Holly of Sidney; a daughter, Barbara Ann (Warren) Felder of Troy; one grandson, David Sullenberger; and two great grandchildren, Emileigh Sullenberger and Addison Sullenberger; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews some of whom reside in Belarus and Lithuania.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Alexander Wolozkowna and George Wolozkowna, and two sisters, Weronika Wolodkowna Kulikowa and Nadezda Wolozkowna Isajewa.
Leokadia was a Holocaust survivor who spent time in a concentration camp during WWII. She met and married her husband while he was serving in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. She came to the United States in 1948 and became a citizen in 1953. She proudly proclaimed she was “Polish by birth, American by choice.”
Lilly enjoyed traveling and made many trips Poland and Belarus to visit family. She also spent her time and resources to send humanitarian supplies to her homeland. She was fluent in five different languages. Recently, Lilly spent her mornings reading the English Bible as well as her Polish and Russian Bibles.
Because she was married to a soldier who spent 22 years in the military, she and her children lived on several Army bases around the country. Once settled in Sidney, Ohio, Lilly worked for the Copeland Corporation and Airstream as well as being a homemaker. She was a member of the North Broadway Church of Christ in Sidney.
Playing cards and going to casinos gave her great joy. While a resident of Dorothy Love, she enjoyed playing cards with other residents and, of course, enjoyed BINGO.
The family would like to sincerely thank the nurses, and the entire staff of Ohio Living Dorothy Love and Hospice of Miami County for the kindness, service, and quality care they provided Lilly.
A memorial service will be held 11:00AM on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at the Amos Chapel, Ohio Living Dorothy Love. A private burial at the Dayton National Cemetery will be held at a later date when she will be laid to rest with her late husband.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio Living Dorothy Love Employee Christmas Fund.