Henry 'Harry' J. Holtje Jr.
COOPERSTOWN — Henry “Harry” J. Holtje Jr., 83, of Cooperstown, died Monday evening, April 21, 2014, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, surrounded by his loving family.
Born Dec. 4, 1930, in Union City, N.J., he was the son of the late Henry J. and Cora (Terry) Holtje.
On Feb. 3, 1951, he married Amelia “Molly” Caparelli; they recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
A decorated plain clothes detective in Ft. Lee, N.J., Harry retired early and moved to the Cooperstown area with his family because of his love for the rural “out-of-doors.” Soon after arriving in Cooperstown, he accepted employment as the boiler operator at Bassett Hospital and remained there for 25 years.
Harry was well-known for his never ending generosity to virtually anyone and everyone. He would do “anything for anybody.” He loved Otsego Lake, the out-of-doors, was an inveterate “putterer” and enjoyed watching nature. For a number of years he raised homing and racing pigeons.
He is survived by his wife, Molly; his son, Thomas Holtje (Melinda Brown) of Rochester; his daughter, Susan Holtje and her children, Jeremey and Zuri Ryan, and her granddaughter, Lillyonna Ryan, all of Rochester; and his son, Daniel (Julie) Holtje and their children, Jess, Madeline, Ellie and Noah, all of Lima. He is also survived by his sister, Corrine Pollak and her children, Andy, Mark and Wendy, all of Milford; his brothers, Terry (Maureen) Holtje of Ft. Lee, N.J., and Bruce (Regina) Holtje and his children, Keith and Loren of Franklin, Tenn. He was predeceased by his brother, Ned; and is survived by Ned’s wife, Judy and their three children, Danielle, Michael and Dawn, all of New Jersey.
In accordance with Harry’s wishes services will be private.
The family suggests, for those who so desire, that donations in Harry’s memory be made to one of the following: The Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, The Cooperstown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, or Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, all of Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.