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In Memoriam: Peg Holdman

May 7, 2018

Peg Holdman

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury notes the death of Marguerite “Peg” S. Holdman, 90, who died on April 10, 2018. Holdman worked at the College from August of 1966 until her retirement in June of 1986. At the time of her retirement, she worked in the Office of the Dean of Students.

“Peggy was a vital member of a small and close-knit group of support staff and three deans. She showed immense pride in her work and her service to the college reflected the highest standards,” said Arlinda Wickland, former Director of Health Professions and STEM at the College. “Peggy’s loyalty and dedication contributed to a warm and collegial working environment—one in which students felt welcomed and at ease. She continued to occupy a special place in the hearts and minds of her colleagues over the many years past her retirement. She will be greatly missed.”

Born in Arlington, VT, Holdman was the daughter of William Oscar and Bessie Louise Labadie Secoy. She grew up in various communities in Vermont and graduated from Middlebury High School. In 1948, she married Maurice “Moose” Provoncha.  She married William P. Holdman in 1972.

Holdman and her husband together developed the William P. Holdman Inc. Trucking Company, a milk transport firm that grew from a single small milk truck to a firm of over 38 trailers and 62 people, serving the milk and dairy business all over the northeast.

Holdman is survived by her daughter, Marcia Provoncha, costume shop director at the Mahaney Center, and daughter Mary Provoncha of Greybull, WY and her son, Charles Provoncha of Minneapolis, MN, and her step-children- Jane Smith of Brandon, VT, Sally Holdman Bellavance of Hardwick, VT, Joan Breen of Ocala, FL, and Susanne Holdman of Bridport, VT, and sister Doris Fisher of Arlington, VT.  She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husbands, as well as her son Joseph Provoncha and step-son Steven Holdman, and her brothers Paul Secoy and Roger Secoy.

A private graveside service and burial will be held in June 2018 in the Seeley District Cemetery.  In lieu of flower's contributions to Addison County Home Health and Hospice Inc. would be welcome.