Catherine Hickey Holland Obit.
Fillmore, New York Newspaper
Death of Mrs. Edmund Holland. The death of Mrs. Edmund Holland occurred on July 10 1911 at the old homestead on Rush Creek, which has been her home for more than 47 years, and where in recent years she had lived with her daughter, Mrs. Gerrit Rice.
The funeral was held from St. Patrick's Church on Wednesday morning at 9:00am. Soleman High Mass was celebrated by former pastors of the church, Rev. J. McGrath of Buffalo, NY acted as celebrant, assisted by Rev. J. J. Daly of Belfast, Ireland, Deacon Rev. John C. Carr of Boston, NY, sub-deacon and Father Harrigan, Master of Ceremonies. Father McGrath preached the funeral sermon, using her life as a text and an example of love and service to God and man. He spoke feelingly of her service to her religion in the days before St. Patrick's church was established at Fillmore and of the aid which she gave in her work. She was laid to rest beside her husband and children in Holy Cross Cemetery. Mrs. Holland wa born in Cork, Ireland, June 24, 1824. Her maiden name was Catherine Hickey. At the age of 12, she came to this country with her mother. She was the pioneer of her family, most of whom followed later to seek this land of promise and among the first of the Irish immigrants to come. They first settled in Rochester, NY where a few years later, she married Edmund Holland and came with him to Fillmore, NY. She survived him for nearly 31 years, he having died in 1880.
All of her life for 71 years, has been spent in this town. During this time, she has been quite a familiar figure in the quiet life of the community and was loved by all who came within her circle. Three children survive her - Michael Holland, Mrs. Fred Lapp, and Mrs. Gerrit Rice. One daughter, Mrs. James Rotchford died in 1895. There are 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren to honor her and mourn her loss. It would be difficult to place an estimate upon the service and worth of such a person as Catherine Holland. Hers were the simple quiet virtues. She loved her home, she loved her family and all mankind. She was true to her religious belief and she set an example of splendid Christian devotion with ostentation. She loved simple justice, kindly administered. Her sympathy for the unfortunate knew no bounds of race or creed. In her quiet way, she was always doing for others and she was always distressed at the misfortunates of the distant stranger. As a fitting reward for her life, it was given to her to die a peaceful death. Disease did not come to plague her. She suffered no bodily pain. Death came in the natural course of old age and exhausted powers. She merely faded into another world. "Like one who wraps the drapery of is couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams". Surrounded by her children and strong in her faith in God and her hope in heaven and fortified by all the rights of the Catholic Church, she awaited death as a reward for a life fruitful in service and love. She has gone but her quiet influence lives and will always live to bless her memory.