Elizabeth Holtz

Beth Holtz

March 29, 1938 June 30, 2020

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Obituary for Beth Holtz

Beth Barcus Holtz

LAKE NONA, FL - Beth Barcus Holtz, devoted wife and best friend of collegiate football coach, Lou Holtz, has passed away following an extended illness. She was 82.

Born on March 29, 1938, in East Liverpool, Ohio, Beth was the daughter of the late John “Bus” Barcus and Eleanor Czech Barcus. She was a bright student in school and graduated from East Liverpool High School as a member of the National Honor Society with the class of 1956. Beth studied radiology at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Beth and Lou met during high school and were married on July 22, 1961 as they commenced a Hall of Fame football coaching career that took Beth and him to Virginia, Connecticut, South Carolina, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Arkansas, Minnesota and Indiana making good friends and impacting lives along the way.

An entrepreneur and founded The Tennis Hog Shop in Arkansas, Beth also took business classes at the University of Arkansas. After several years of successfully growing the business to three locations, she sold the Tennis Hog Shop.

Charity work was one of Beth’s callings. She tended to be behind the scenes and give anonymously with some of her work which included volunteering at the No-One Dies Alone program at the Orlando Regional Hospital. In 1998, Beth and Lou founded the Holtz Family Foundation which promotes education, religion, and charity. At that time, Notre Dame recognized her love and attention that she showed to Lou’s players by awarding her an honorary Monogram.

The couple currently resides in Lake Nona, Florida where Beth was a member of the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church and The Lake Nona Ladies Bible Study Group where she was the founder and a leader of the group, for fifteen years.

In addition to Lou, Beth’s family includes two sisters, Brenda (Ralph) Harker and Jonna Haley who reside in Norfolk, Virginia; a daughter Luanne (Terry) Altenbaumer of Houston, Texas; their daughter, Lindsay (Raul) Altenbaumer-Ganzalez, who is expecting Beth’s first great grandchild; a son, Louis L. “Skip” (Jennifer) Holtz, Jr. of Ruston, Louisiana; their children: Trey, Chad and Hailey; a son Kevin (Kelly) Holtz of Port Orange, Florida, their children Aaron and Katherine; and a daughter Elizabeth “Liz” (Mike) Messaglia of Brownsburg, Indiana; their children Zachary, Beth and Jacob.

A Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 5, from 6 to 9 pm at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 North Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 6, at 9:30 am, at the Basilica of Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame with burial to follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame, Indiana.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be live-streamed at or by clicking "watch mass" link on

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Holtz’s Heroes Foundation, Inc.
Attn: Brian Baker: 9630 Claymount Lane Fishers, Indiana 46037 or at

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Kaniewski Funeral Home
    3545 North Bendix Drive
    South Bend, IN
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    Sunday, July 5th, 2020
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Service

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Holy Cross Catholic Parish
    1050 Wilber Street
    South Bend, IN
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    Monday, July 6th, 2020
    Fr. Brian Chang
  • Interment

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 |
    Cedar Grove Cemetery
    100 Cedar Grove Cottage
    Notre Dame, Indiana
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    Monday, July 6th, 2020

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Ted Black

I had the pleasure of spending time with Lou & Beth Holtz in 2005 when Amy and I were at Mario Lemieux’s house (Mario hosted a celebrity golf outing & party at his home). As I was returning from getting a drink for us, Amy said, “I want to introduce you to a lovely couple I have been talking to.” She did not know who Lou Holtz was (Amy asked him to repeat his name when she introduced us). Coach was much more interested learning about us, our kids and how I came to work for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Eventually, I was able to get him to discuss his coaching days. It struck me that he kept saying “when WE were coaching at Minnesota” and “when WE were coaching at Notre Dame” and so on. I assumed the “we” he was talking about were his assistant coaches. I thought how interesting that he was able to keep a staff together all those years. I was wrong. Upon witnessing the respect and love he demonstrated toward his wife, Beth, I realized the “we” was he AND Beth. It was the two of them that made up the successful coaching team, not he and his staff. When we parted, he said “always show your boys how much you love their mother.” A week later, I received this wonderful letter from him. Such a gentle man and gentleman. A beautiful team that will someday be reunited. RIP Beth Holtz
Comment | Posted at 09:13am via Condolence

Aileen Zofcin

Dear Lou and family, It saddened me greatly to hear of Beth's passing. She babysat for me and my sister when we lived above our store Martin's Market, which Beth's parents purchased from my dad Marty Silverman. Lou, you've both been inspirations to me and our family. You were so lucky to have such a wonderful partner in Beth. Praying for you all.
Comment | Posted at 05:39pm via Condolence

joe cunningham

I met Beth just one time it would have been in '62 or '63 as a member of Coach Holtz's William and Mary golf team which was the Coach's first head coach position in a college. The Coach had hit our laconic team like a hurricane and we players, about three of us, were in downtown Williamsburg milling around and killing time and trying to improve ourselves decided to knock on the Coach's apartment door which was downtown near college corner and if he were in we'd hang out with him. Beth answered the door. She was a great looking gal who looked askance at us undergrads standing at her doorstep. We weren't football players it was pretty clear. We said we are on the golf team and is the Coach in? She said, just a moment, I'll check. A minute later she came back and said, the Coach is resting with a headache, perhaps some other time? Case closed. Sweet but firm and protective of her household.
Comment | Posted at 12:06pm via Condolence

Richard Clark

Coach Holtz im so sorry to hear of Beths passing..Wish I could have met the both of you RIP Beth
Comment | Posted at 04:55pm via Condolence

Licinia Lulu Kaliher

So sorry for your loss. Thank you for your service and love
Comment | Posted at 09:00pm via Condolence

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