Audrey Rothschild Holzman

Audrey Rothschild Holzman

Audrey Rothschild Holzman, September 26, 1933- February 23, 2018.

Audrey Rothschild Holzman passed away peacefully on Feb 23, 2018 in St. Louis from a recently diagnosed stomach cancer. She was born in Elizabeth, N.J. on September 26, 1933 to Jacob Rothschild and Rose Levine Rothschild who were 1st generation Americans. She grew up much loved in an extended family household with her grandparents the Levines, her parents, a maternal aunt and uncle the Golls, and a border named Silver. She called them the Seven Dwarfs.

She graduated from Battain High School in Elizabeth, N.J. and after a year at University of Pennsylvania, she transferred to NYU, where she graduated with degree in English. She briefly dated a man (Lew Azaroff) that remained her dear friend. Lew began to date another woman named Irma; fortunately this woman had a twin brother and a match was made. This man was Arthur Holzman and they were married in 1956. Together they lived during his service in the Air Force and lived in Sumter, S.C., Biloxi, Miss., and eventually Harlingen, Texas, which led to some adventures in Houston. After a short stint back in New Jersey, the couple emigrated back to Texas in 1959 where they developed many friendships with other Yankees and new Texas couples as they set up roots in Houston. They started a family and eventually a business called The Fabric Mart. Unfortunately, Audrey’s life would change dramatically when her husband passed away at a young age leaving her with the responsibility of raising three kids alone. Rise to the task she did as the business flourished under her direction, and all three children were able to attend and finish college and graduate schools.

Audrey is survived by her children Madelyn, Steven, and Lainie, son-in-law Miguel Puig, daughter-in-law Grace, as well as five grandchildren- Hannah, Sarah, and Michael Puig-Holzman, and Arthur and Edith Holzman. She also leaves behind a brother and sister-in-law Herman (Butch) and Jeanette Rothschild, and many nieces and nephews and cousins in the Rothschild, Azaroff, and the Spinowitz families.

She was interred next to her husband at the Beth Yeshurun Allan Parkway Cemetery in Houston, TX where Rabbi Steve Morgen officiated at a gravesite ceremony on Sunday, February 25. There was a minyan service that followed. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to The American Cancer Society which has affected the Holzman and Rothschild families so significantly.