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Arlene Holthaus

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Arlene Holthaus age 82 of New Hampton, Iowa died Monday, May 2, 2016, at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by Arlene's children. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Abigail Gossling, Britney Holthaus, Becca Dunahoo, Morgan Dunahoo, Amber House, Emily House and Hannah Holthaus. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Hampton with Spencer Gossling, Adrian Martin, Alex Dunahoo, Zach Holthaus, James House, Jayson Holthaus, Joshua Holthaus and Evan Gossling as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 6:30 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arlene Marie Holthaus was born April 5, 1934, in Lawler, IA, the daughter of Hugo and Hildegard (Bucheit) Rosenbaum. She received her education in Lawler and graduated from the Mt. Carmel High School in 1952. While at a local dance she met her future husband and on September 14, 1954, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, she married James Herman Holthaus. To this union nine children were born. Arlene was a farmwife and housewife raising her children and working side-by-side with her husband on the farm. Arlene was always the first one to the dairy barn around 5:00 a.m. to feed the cows and get everything ready for the milking. She enjoyed her miniature cow collection, embroidering, flowers, gardening, playing cards and bingo. She will certainly be remembered for the pies she made and the hours she worked for the many funeral luncheons. Arlene especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include two sons, Richard (Cindy) Holthaus of Alta Vista and Randy (Melissa) Holthaus of Plainfield; six daughters, Glenda Holthaus of New Hampton, Gladys (Gary) Martin of Waucoma, Barbara Holthaus of Marshalltown, Susan (LeRoy) Gossling of New Hampton, Nancy (Bruce) Dunahoo of Zearing and Amy (Dale) House of Sioux Falls, SD; twenty-six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Luella Junko of Lawler, Phyllis (Tom) Mitchell of Hawkeye and Grace (Don) Arens of Lawler; a special aunt, Sister Marie Bohr O.S.F. of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim on January 16, 2015; her son, Roger Holthaus, on September 23, 2014; her parents; a brother, Eugene Rosenbaum; her mother and father-in-law, Herman and Pauline Holthaus; sisters-in-law, Clarice Glaser and Donna Mae Holthaus.

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  1. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Arlene Holthaus

  2. To all of Arlene & James’ children. So very sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. I feel so fortunate that she & James entered my life. They are the only people I ever met that knew my Grandma Bengfort who was James’ Aunt. She had passed when I was 2 yrs. old so was so awesome to hear their stories. I feel very privileged to have created that bond that led to many great memories with your parents. Please know that they loved every single one of you so very much & had such a proud look on their faces when they talked of each of you. God Bless You All. Mary Kay Stee

  3. For the Family of Arlene; Our prayers and sympathy go to you during this time of your loss Dan & Jean Scott

  4. Dear to the family You have my sympathy for the loss of your mother, grandmother.We really enjoyed all the visit at the nursing home and from the past years.She will be missed by all. God Bless you all Gloria &Brenda Parks Rick Kobliska

  5. I did not know Arlene, but she had to be a great lady. She certainly raised a responsible, dedicated son in Rick. I know him through county supervisors meetings, and I am always impressed with his quiet, sincere leadership. I do not know other family members, but I trust that her influence rubbed off on each of you, too. God Bless her memory. Vicki Rowland Fayette County Supervisor

  6. Arlene was a wonderful woman I always enjoyed talking to her when I was at nhnrc her and Jim was great your family is in my prayers

  7. I hope you guys like this pic, if you would like a copy for each of you I will get them printed. <3 Rosie (Diane) Bruess

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss. She was always smiling when I saw her, and my Mom especially enjoyed visiting with her at the table at NHNR. May your memories help you through this difficult time. Marj & Dennis Troyna

  9. I enjoyed visiting with Arlene at the nursing home. When my dad pasted away in November, Arlene gave me a big hug. She was quite the lady. I will miss not seeing her there. Bob Reicks

  10. So sorry to hear about your mother. Always enjoyed visiting with Jim & Arlene at the nursing home. Our deepest condolences to all of the family.

  11. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of Arlene’s family. We will always remember her smile and how she loved to visit. Thank you for allowing her to become a special part of my Mom’s life the past year. My Mom thought the world of her. They had become good friends. She will be greatly missed. God Bless

  12. Sending hugs & prayers to the Holthaus Family @ the loss of Arlene. She was such a neat lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her.

  13. Rick & Cindy and Gladys – I’m so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I’m sure your dad welcomed her with open arms. Treasure your memories and please accept my deepest sympathy.

  14. We offer our sympathy and prayers to Rick and Cindy and the entire Holthaus family on the loss of your mother and grandmother. May she rest in peace. Nick and Kendra Leibold

  15. My sincere sympathy to the Holthaus Clan. Arlene was a lovely lady. She will be missed! Sending hugs and prayers…

  16. Our sympathy to all the family may the comforter come and be with you on these days and bring peace to all the hearts of the family that are hurting. Gerald and Judy Eichenberger

  17. Our sympathy and prayers to all of the Holthaus family. Arlene always had a smile and a ‘hi’ for us at NH Rehab.

  18. Our Deepest Sympathy goes to the entire family of Arlene. She was a wonderful lady. Know your in Our Prayers and Thoughts during this time of Loss of Loved One! May she rest in peace! Lyn and Chris Bruns And Jack Meissen

  19. Our sympathy to all of the family on the loss of Arlene. We hope your days are filled with wonderful memories. Kelvin and Kristie Leibold

  20. Hi! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

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