Sheila Holzworth Obituary

Sheila M.  Holzworth
Sheila Holzworth
Sheila M. Holzworth

August 28, 1961 - March 28, 2013
Born in Des Moines
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Sheila M. Holzworth, age 51, passed away of cancer on March 29, 2013. Sheila was born on August 28, 1961 to Dr Paul R. Holzworth, M.D. and Martha W. Holzworth.

She attended Holy Trinity Catholic School, Dowling Catholic High School and was a graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa. Sheila was employed by a Fortune 500 Company for 23 years. Since going blind at age 10, she achieved many milestones. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist in snow ski and World Cup water ski competitions representing the United States.Among many various awards and recognition events, Sheila was the first blind woman to reach the summit of Mt Rainier, received the honor of one of the Ten Most
Outstanding Young Americans, was invited to the White House for receptions with President Reagan and President George Bush, was given the First Lady of Iowa Athletics Award, and is in the Dowling Hall of Fame.

Sheila was a long time member and past president of the Saylorville Dam Snowmobile Club as well as a member of the Iowa Thoroughbred Association along with other organizations and non profits. Her motto was "Seize the Moment" which everyone who knew her knows she certainly lived up to. Her remarkable sense of humor and her zest for life was what set her apart from everyone else and she will be sorely missed in the days that follow. Sheila was a true friend in every sense of the word. Sheila thoroughly enjoyed a variety of activities ranging from snowmobiling with friends to riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle. Many friends came and wore their purple as they joined her in watching her horse's race at Prairie Meadows. Visiting friends in South Padre, Texas and traveling to resort beaches in Mexico and the Dominican Republic were special events she remembered fondly. The activity that topped her list was going on their weekly fishing trip with her Dad to their farm pond. Their time together and fishing stories were unsurpassed.

She is survived by her beloved father, Dr. Paul R. Holzworth, M.D., the Gene De Heer family in Pella, many caring and loyal friends and her dogs, Foster and Arther, and her horses Shooter and Punkin. Sheila had five siblings eight nieces and nephews and two great nephews. Preceding her in death was her mother, Martha W. Holzworth, her sister Mary, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Holzworth and Mr. and Mrs. Victor (Bud) Walsh. She will be greeted by her Vizsla dogs and again be riding her horse and best friend, Fargo, as she crosses into Heaven.

Funeral services will be held 10 am Monday, April 1, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Private burial of the cremated remains be will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Sheila asked that any memorials you choose to present be sent to: Iowa Vizsla Rescue %Leanne Lauber, 923 Arkansas Avenue, Ames Iowa 50014. Online condolences will be welcomed at





St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church
4600 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, April 1, 2013
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church
4600 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, April 1, 2013
10:00 AM
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