September 19, 2003
We are the children of Charles and Millicent Holzinger. All of us grew up in the nurture of Lancaster Monthly Meeting.
In love and sadness we wish to speak briefly of the illness of our youngest sister, Rebecca Holzinger. Long-standing members of Meeting will remember her.
For nearly three years Becky has been struggling with frustrations and fantasies, many of which concern persons and situations of the early 1970's. She has become confused, and she no longer distinguishes between past events and her imagination of them. She believes that members of her family committed a variety of crimes during those years. Communication with friends and family has broken down, and our previously vivacious sister now faces the world with suspicion and hostility. She has refused many offers of help and therapy.
We know that in the past week many of you received a disturbing flyer from Becky. This flyer, filled with accusations and innuendos, has hurt and bewildered us, especially our mother and father. And we are sorry that our family's distress has spilled over into the life of the Meeting.
But Becky remains a member of our family and our beloved sister. "Every attack is a cry for help." Becky has been crying for help. It saddens us that we have been unable to reach her.
We grew up as Friends. We know that you embrace our family in your concern. May we continue to hold Becky in the light, to aid her to return to her community, family, and inner serenity.
Emily Holzinger Hausman