Pamela “Sunny” Holtzlander, 60, passed away of natural causes on Friday, March 24, 2017 at her home in Peru, Indiana.

She was born January 29, 1957 in Peru to John Joseph and Clarabel (Chester) Swantner of Chili, Indiana.

Sunny was married to Robert Holtzlander of Grand Rapids, Michigan May, 19, 1990.

Her husband and father survive along with her siblings, Lawrence Swantner (Dale), Cape Town, South Africa, and Leslie Swantner of Chili.

She is also survived by her children Kenneth Comerford (Ryanne) of Doyline, La; Christina Comerford (Peter Debruyn) of Lakewood, Co; Jace Holtzlander (Rebecca) of Wabash, In., and Sarah Holtzlander (Kristopher Kraning) of Peru, In., as well as many cousins and other extended family.

Her grandchildren include: Jakob Comerford, Joey Neill, Ian Neill, Josephine Comerford, Bobby-Gus Comerford, Gideon Comerford and Jordan Holtzlander.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Clarabel, and her brother Steve Swantner.  She is also survived by her many, many close friends.

Throughout her life, Sunny had many different occupations and passions.  Most recently, she was most passionate about her work with Fitteam Global and volunteering at Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre, where she had been a performer, officer, director, and had even written an original Cole Porter Revue, “Kountry Fried Cole” in 2014.

To all who knew Sunny, she was more than the sum of her history. She was a constant light full of love, encouragement and acceptance. She had a passion for music that matched her passion and acceptance of other people. And she was that rare type of person who would offer to help others not with any hesitation, but with a smile, joke and hug instead. Her presence was as constant and steady as her love for others, and she will be deeply, deeply missed.

An open visitation with the family will be held on Friday, March 31st, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Peru Depot at 151 S. Broadway, Peru, Indiana. 

There will be a Tribute to Sunny held at the Peru Depot on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at noon, hosted by Ole Olsen Memorial Theater.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home.  Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at



0 #1 ETHAN GOLDSTEIN 2017-06-30 19:59
I just can not believe this. I am so sorry to hear of Sunny's passing. :(

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