HANOVER — William S. "Bill" Holland, 87, formerly of Shamokin, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Columbia Cottage, Hanover.
Born in Shamokin, April 19, 1926, he was a son of the late Richard F. and T. Clare (Morey) Holland.
Bill attended St. Joseph Grammar School and was the valedictorian of the Class of 1944 of St. Edward's Catholic School. He later received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University.
After receiving his degree, Bill served in the U.S. Army and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. He then gained employment as a civil servant at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, with the title of supervisory inventory management specialist. He retired after 46 years of service. During this time Bill received many awards, among them were 18 awards of Exceptional Performance and two Superior Civil Service Awards.
He was a member of The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) and was also a member of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) until 1951. He volunteered several years with Meals on Wheels of Carroll County, Md.
Bill is survived by his three siblings, James R. Holland, of Shamokin, John F. Holland, of Elysburg, and Ann M. Slodysko and her husband, Andrew, of Paxinos; two nieces, Mary Ann Randall and her husband, George, and their children Elise and Jillian, and Jacquelyn Basso and her husband, Thomas, and their daughter, Cara Marie; a nephew, Christopher Holland and his wife, Shannon, and their children Michael, Timothy and Riley Anne.
He also is survived by Martin and Carolyn Rock; Marc and Debbie Rock and their children Ryan Patrick and Meghan Elizabeth; Anne (Rock) and R. Curtis Jester and their children Margaret Anne "Maggie" and Brian Curtis; and longtime friends Bertha (Rock) Richards, Jean (Rock) Vinciguerra, Jean's daughter, Gina, and grandchildren Sara, Justin, Nicholas and Vincent.
HOLLAND — William S. "Bill" Holland, formerly of Shamokin. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Hope Church, First and Chestnut streets, Coal Township, with the Rev. Daniel Fink officiating. A visitation will be held for family and friends at the church from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow Mass in St. Edward Cemetery, Coal Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Bartholomew Religious Education Program, Parish Center, 3071 Park Ave., Box 448, Manchester, MD 21102 or to Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, 2001 Clinton Ave., Coal Township, PA 17866. The family is being assisted by James Kelley Funeral Home, James F. Kelley, director, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township.