OBITUARY

Dana J. Holzapfel

March 16, 1957February 19, 2021
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Dana Jo Holzapfel, age 63, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away peacefully, with her husband by her side, on Friday, February 19, 2021.

She was born on March 16, 1957, in Greenville, Ohio, to Lowell (Bud) and Janice (Krick) House.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Michael James Holzapfel whom she married June 24, 1978; children, Ryan (Betsy) Holzapfel, of Centerville, Ohio, Brad (Holly) Holzapfel of Versailles, Ohio, and Scott Holzapfel of Greenville, Ohio; her grandchildren, Chase, Carson, and Parker Holzapfel, Madelyn, Paige, Carley, Claire, and Josie Holzapfel, Bryson Sharp, Graham, Max, Eli, and Trey Holzapfel. Additionally, she is survived by her brothers, Ty (Lita) House of Greenville, Ohio, and Terry (Kim) House of Arcanum, Ohio, along with many nieces and nephews.

Dana graduated in 1975 from Greenville High School, Greenville, Ohio. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Dana stayed home to raise her three boys. She later worked at Greenville High School as a secretary. She was also a cheerleading advisor. Dana was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter. She was energetic and determined enough to do anything she set her mind to. She fought a long, courageous battle with cancer and kept an upbeat and positive attitude through it all.

In her spare time, she enjoyed many aspects of life. You would find her playing with her grandchildren and attending all of their sporting events, baking, camping, and taking family vacations to the beach. Dana didn't know a stranger and touched the lives of everyone she met. Her sweet smile, spunky attitude, kind spirit, and good sense of humor made her a beloved friend too many. She will be dearly missed by all of her friends and family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday February 26, 2021 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Gary Cloyd officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery Ft. Jefferson, Ohio. The funeral service will be Streamed Live on Zechar Bailey Funeral Home’s Facebook page. The family will be receiving family and friends on Thursday February 25, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions for Dana may be given to the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund in care of the Darke County Foundation.

Services

  • Family will receive friends

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Burial

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Fred Slagle

February 27, 2021

I knew Dana but not well. My sincerest condolences to Mike and the Holzafel and Lowell families for your loss.

Lindsey Williams (Collins)

February 26, 2021

My senior year in highschool I had the pleasure of being an office aide with Dana. It was nothing special, just helping answer phones and taking messages. Dana made it feel like such an important task and there was never a dull day with her in the office. She filled the office with constant smiles and laughter. She will be dearly missed.

Sending lots of love to the family,
Lindsey Williams (Collins)

Pam Cole (Shiverdecker

February 25, 2021

Memories of Dana come easily - she was a beloved classmate to the class of 1975 - beautiful eyes, chuckling-speak, easy smile - a graceful bounce then touching her toes - our beautiful Homecoming Queen. Time has slipped away and it is such a heartbreak that she is gone. May she rest in peace - Our Deepest Sympathy to her family. Pam and Alan Cole


Tess Osborne

February 25, 2021

I met Dana as an incoming freshmen and she was a senior. It was first day of school & was not really sure of where class rooms were or the best way to get to them. My lost look prompted her to stop and help me, showing me the way to freshman English. The infectious grin, her giggle, the way she navigated us thru the halls, she was a force to be reckoned with. She checked on me from time to time, always a ready smile and hello. She had such a way of making you feel special. We reconnected again at our grandkids baseball games 2 years ago and even though she had health challenges, she still greeted me with her same infectious grin. She was a class act on earth and now I'm sure in heaven as well. May your wonderful memories help you thru the dark days, prayers of peace and comfort being said for the whole family.

Jennifer Amick

February 25, 2021

It's hard to find the right words
at a time like this.
May you find all the love
you need in the days to come.
Sending all my love,
Jennifer Amick

Joe Spurlock

February 24, 2021

One of the nicest people I’ve ever known. Always took the time to say hello & it never went unappreciated , no not once.
God bless her family & let it be known she will always be missed.

Debbie Csaplik (Karn)

February 24, 2021

I met Dana when we came back to Greenville in 1972. She was always smiling and so happy. We graduated together and visited at many reunions. She never changed. I met up with her during visits with the grandsons at Versailles Elementary. I will miss your smiling face at our future reunions. My condolences to Mike and the family. Fly high❤

Phyllis Crawford

February 23, 2021

For all the fun family times we enjoyed together with Dana for
so many years, she is the person we will miss, her smiles, the
grandma roses she showed us when we visited her. She was so upbeat with her condition with smiles and knew the good Lord was
going to keep her going.
Jim and Phyllis Crawford and family

Judi Peters

February 23, 2021

Mike & Family:

Extending our deepest sympathy to each of you, at this very difficult time!! May God bless each of you with peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead.

Will miss Dana & her beautiful smile--a true lady of strength and determination!!

Hugs & prayers

Marvin & Judi

Dianna Wilson

February 23, 2021

Dana and I became friends in 7th grade. As the years pasted, our friendship became close as sisters. We went on girl trips and camped together for many years. Always there for each other in good times as well as bad. She always was upbeat throughout her battle with cancer; taking each struggle and tackling it head on. She was an inspiration to many. I will always cherish our friendship and the years we had together.
Gailen and Dianna Wilson

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