Winfried Holderied died Wednesday at the age of 90 in his home, surrounded by his family. Although a
humble cabinet maker by trade, in his soul, Wini was a builder. He built houses, fountains, stone walls
and waterfalls, a car wash, motels, resorts and even a shopping mall. He created businesses and helped
shape communities. He built a wonderful family that is strong and fueled by a million memories, endless
laughter, beer and schnapps.
Of course, he could not have accomplished any of this without his magnificent wife of 64 years, Stefanie
Holderied. Her intelligence and devotion combined with his big dreams created a legacy in Lake Placid
that we can only hope to live up to.
Builders are inherently optimistic, creative; they are dreamers. In the early years, his greatest
achievement was the ability to view any failures as steps to success, with no loss of enthusiasm. Wini
saw possibility everywhere he looked. Whether he was looking at a person or building, he saw the
potential of what it could be. He left every place he ever lived a little more beautiful than it was when he
arrived, whether in his birth country of Germany or here in United States. He made you believe you
could live your impossible dreams, because he and Stefy have done it.
Besides his “so-o-o beautiful” wife, “our Opa” leaves behind three children, eight grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren. A life is built upon the foundation of the ones who came before. Wini built
us the strongest foundation you can imagine. We promise to create beauty and potential on top of it
and above all, like he so often told us when we were arguing; “liebet Euch”, which means love one
another. Some fires are never extinguished, just passed to another torch.
A celebration of life will be held for Wini at Generations Restaurant, Main St. Lake Placid starting at
5:00PM on Wednesday June 22 nd . We invite anyone who he ever made smile to attend and raise your
glass one last time to Opa.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to High Peaks Hospice, 454 Glen St., Glens Falls NY 12801.