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 Steven Hollenczer, Sr

Steven Hollenczer, Sr

Birth
Death 29 Sep 1998 (aged 89)
Burial Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 5
Memorial ID 21344338 · View Source
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Newsday of LI NY printed a special obituary for Pop since he worked for Abe Levitt starting in 1932; they got most of the details correct, except the major one: the reporter had Dad's age as 90.
OBITUARIES: Steven Hollenczer, 90 (sic), Helped Build Original Levittown
By Jerry Markon. Staff Writer
Steven Hollenczer, a Long Island native who spent decades working for William Levitt and helped build the original Levittown, died Tuesday. He was (90) 89.
Mr. Hollenczer, who lived in Levittown, PA, died of lung cancer at Lower Buck Hospital in Bristol Township, PA, said his daughter, Janice Weeks Bernath, of Bordentown, NJ.
"He was a great family man. He cared about everyone and everything", she said.
Mr. Hollenczer, who was born in Greenvale (Bull's Head), had his first brush with famous people during his childhood, growing up on a spacious Roslyn estate owned by Clarence Mackay, the father-in-law of songwriter Irving Berlin. Mr. Hollenczer's father, Peter, was a groundskeeper on the estate.
"They would let him run around the grounds and play. He had free run of the estate, unless there were guests. Then he had to stay in the background", Bernath said.
After his father triggered Mr. Hollenczer's interest in carpentry by putting him to work around the house, Mr. Hollenczer went to work before World War II for Abraham Levitt. During the construction of the original Levittown on Long Island, starting in 1947, Mr. Hollenczer worked as a foreman overseeing construction crews.
"He liked (William) Levitt, never had a negative thing to say about him", Bernath recalled. "He was always bringing blueprints home from the office."
Mr. Hollenczer lived in Roslyn until 1954, when he moved to Levittown, PA, which he helped build. He continued working for Levitt, helping the master builder construct homes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey, before he retired in 1976.
Even in his later years, Mr. Hollenczer remained active, building furniture and more than 10 additions to his Pennsylvania home.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Hollenczer is survived by his wife, Helen Daly Weeks Hollenczer, of Levittown, PA; another daughter, Margaret Spatafore, of Bristol, PA; sons Steven and Peter Hollenczer, both of Levittown, PA; sisters Agnes Kehoe of Scottsdale, AZ; and Anna Whitlow of Charlottesville, VA; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
A Funeral Mass is scheduled for tonight at 8 at Immaculate Conception Church in Levittown, PA, with burial to follow Friday morning at Resurrection Cemetery in Bensalem, PA.
(C) 1998, Newsday, Inc.
1 October 1998
The obituary from the Levittown Courier: Steven Hollenczer Levittown Resident
Steven Hollenczer, age 89, of Levittown, died on Tuesday, September 28, 1998, at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol Township.
Mr. Hollenczer was born on September 5, 1909, in Greenvale, Long Island, NY, which was then known as Bulls Head. He was raised at Redgrounds in Roslyn, LI, NY, on the estate of Clarence Mackay, owner of ITT and who was the father-in-law of Irving Berlin. He has been a resident of Levittown since 1954. Mr. Hollenczer served in the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion (SeaBees) during World War II building roads for the Landing Troops throughout the Pacific and Alaska. He was employed with Abraham Levitt before the war and was employed after the war with Levitt & Sons as a foreman building homes in NY, PA, NJ, and MD. He has been a member of Immaculate Conception Parish since its establishment 43 years ago.
Mr. Hollenczer is the beloved husband of 54 years to Helen Daly (nee Weeks) Hollenczer. He is the loving father and father-in-law of Janice Weeks and Steven R. Bernath of Bordentown, NJ; Margaret Spatafore of Bristol; Steven and Helene Hollenczer, Jr., and Peter and Barbara Hollenczer all of Levittown.
He will also be sadly missed by two sisters, Agnes Kehoe of Scottsdale, AZ, and Anne Whitlow of Charlottesville, VA; his grandchildren: Jennifer Sweeney and her husband Christopher of Philadelphia; Mary Rachel and Salvatore Spatafore III, at home; and Dana-Marie and Steven Hollenczer III, at home; 1 great grandson, Caedan Manus Sweeney; and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass on Thursday evening at 8 P.M. at Immaculate Conception Church, 5201 Bristol-Emilie Road, Levittown, where friends may call from 6 P.M. until the time of Mass. Family and friends are also invited to assemble on the Church parking lot on Friday morning, at 10:30, for a procession to Resurrection Cemetery. there will be no calling hours at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Levittown.
Father Bones, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, celebrated the Mass, and was assisted by Father John of St. Thomas Aquinas, Croydon, and Father Frank Gallagher, a family friend for over 30 years, pastor of St. Thomas, Croydon.
On Friday, after the grave-site service, a kind of funny thing happened. I was talking to Father G., and he was very upset and crying; I was comforting him. I asked him to come to a luncheon with us, but he declined. At that point, I said good-bye to him and gave him a kiss on the cheek, only to notice I'd left my red lipstick mark! Mary and the others walked by a moment later, and said, "Well, Aunt Jan's been here!".
About seven months after Pop died, Lady, Pete and Barb's dog, started acting in a very peculiar manner.
She would sit in the back yard, and bark at the house, looking just above the window where Pop's chair was in the winter, sort of at the edge of the roof. When inside, she'd sit looking out that window towards the window of the workshop, and bark and bark, and run back and forth from the front room to the back room window. Then, about a week later, she sat on the living room floor and just barked at the mirror, which reflects the stairs to the second floor, where Mom and Pop's room is. The next night, she sat looking at the staircase, and just sat barking at the ceiling where it cuts away to go up the stairs. We all said the same thing, though not at first. Mom said "Could it be a ghost?" after the first occurrence; then Pete and I both said maybe it's Daddy. Right after Pop died, Lady's behavior was somewhat similar, but it was as though she was questioning where Dad was; she'd run from his bed to his chair, back and forth, then jump up on the chair or bed and just sit there, head tilted, just looking at whoever happened to be there.


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Gravesite Details This is a military grave.

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  • Originally Created by: Michael Couch
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 21344338
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Steven Hollenczer, Sr (5 Sep 1909–29 Sep 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21344338, citing Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by jannetie (contributor 47543025) .