Reta Jean (Alden) Holinko, 87, passed on Wednesday (Sept. 18, 2019) at Northgate Rehabilitation in North Tonawanda after a period of failing health. She was loved by all of her family.
Reta was born on Jan. 24, 1932 in Wellsville. Her parents were Maude and HartwickGoodridge.After graduating from Andover Central School in 1949, she attended Secretarial School in Hornell. She was employed over a span of 30 years by General Motors, culminating in acquiring the position of executive secretary for the Northeast Control Center in New Jersey.
On March 24, 1956, Reta married Roy D. Alden in Andover. They had four children. Reta's second marriage was to Michael “Bob” Holinko on April 4, 1987 in New Jersey. They enjoyed many adventures in their RV including trips to Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska, to name a few.
Reta is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Alfred) Cetrulo of Albany, Ore. and Eileen M. Alden of Wellsville; two sons, Michael (Laurie) Alden of Salem, Ore. and Roy Alden Jr. of Buffalo. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Jean Goodridge of Rochester; three nephews; a niece; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren and a great-great grandson.
Reta was predeceased by her husband Michael “Bob” Holinko; a brother Gerald “Tony” Goodridge; three sisters, Pearl Snyder, Wilma Horan and Carolyn Lee Goodridge and her nephew John Horan.
Reta enjoyed crocheting and cross stitching for family and community members. She loved keeping up with family and friends on social media. Reta was loving and kind and will live on in our hearts. Her family sends out a grateful thank you to all of mom’s angels.
Per Reta's wishes there will be no visitation or funeral services. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.