Penfield: Hazel Margaret Kane Holtman, age 73, died at home in Penfield, New York, on April 11, 2014.
Margaret was born on March 16, 1941 in Glen Ridge, NJ. She was pre-deceased by her loving parents and step-father, Hazel Marie Kane, George E. Tubb, and Charles B. Kane, her step-father, and her loving step-brother Charles Kane.
She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from St Lawrence University, NY and her graduate degree from the University of Rochester, NY. Beginning in 1971, Margaret taught biology in the Pittsford New York Public Elementary School System.
Margaret lived in Spain, Portugal, Australia, and Mexico before settling in Penfield, a suburb of Rochester, NY.
An accomplished horsewoman, Margaret was a member of the collegiate riding team at St. Lawrence University. During the years she lived in Mexico, she was a volunteer trainer to Mexico's fledgling Olympic
dressage team. She also served as a volunteer in the development of Mexico's first educational programs for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Margaret entered a rewarding career in the late 1990s as an educator in the Foreign Languages Department at Nazareth College in Penfield, NY; While there she taught Continuing Education courses in Spanish; and, as well, developed a Spanish course designed for those working in the professional health and human services fields. She later went on to teach at Monroe Community College, in Rochester, where she taught Spanish For Health Professionals.
Margaret began volunteering at George Eastman House in the summer of 1994. She went through an extensive docent training program and started doing public tours at the museum in the Winter of 1995. Her tours of the landmark Colonial Revival mansion and gardens were stately. She especially liked touring visitors from around the world. Margaret also volunteered at the museum's Academy Awards party and the George Eastman Award for many years. Her nineteen years of dedicated service and her welcome smile will be truly missed wrote Joan VanNess, a GEH docent, and Steve Piper, who partnered the Friday 2:00 tours with Margaret. She was such a good friend to the museum wrote Heather Gray, Visitor Services Manager.
Margaret devoted significant time to the adoption programs in the Finger Lakes area for horses in need of a 'forever home' and the need for volunteers to assist in caring for them and fund raising. A friend, Jan Howe, told of Margaret giving riding lessons to her daughter, Jessica, at the age of twelve. Jessica now has a career as a Ferrier and is known for her love and respect of horses.
Margaret will be missed by her family: sisters Carol Malt, Barbara Namon and Melanie Tubb; step-brother John Kane; nieces Christine Kane, Lisa Soo Kane, Melanie Altman, Nora Hashem, and Stephanie Kane; and, nephew Jeffrey Lee Kane and by her dear friends, Sue Hopf, Pat Harrington, Holly Simon, Marilyn Dysinger, Bonnie Denison, Kathy Conner, Jan Howe, Joan Micha, Barbara Eichner, Reen Wickett, and so many others.
Friends who wish to honor Margaret's memory can make a memorial donation to a rescue organization that will help a horse in need, to the George Eastman International Museum in Rochester, NY or to Nazareth College Casa Hispana.