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James Holthaus

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James H. Holthaus age 82 of New Hampton, died Friday, January 16, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 19, 2015, at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by James’ children. Lectors for the Mass will be Miranda Eichenberger, Jenna Martin, and Sarah House. Presenting the offertory gifts will be grandchildren Justina Brown, Becca Dunahoo, Hannah Holthaus, Stephanie Martin, Britney Holthaus, Evan Gossling, Amber House, and Emily House. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Hampton with grandsons Joshua Holthaus, Jarrett Holthaus, Spencer Gossling, Jayson Holthaus, Adrian Martin, Zach Holthaus, James House, and Alex Dunahoo serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 2:00 p.m. Rosary and a 4:30 p.m. Scripture Service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Monday. James Herman Holthaus was born July 21, 1932, in Ossian, Iowa, the son of Herman and Pauline (Bohr) Holthaus. James’ family moved to a farm northwest of New Hampton in March of 1942 where he attended country school and St. Mary’s Catholic School through the 8th grade. James and his father farmed together until his father’s death. He met Arlene Rosenbaum and the couple were married on September 14, 1954, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler. To this union, nine children were born. James was very dedicated to his farm. James spent his life dairying, raising hogs and crops. James took pride in having straight rows while planting his crops. He was a perfectionist pouring concrete for cattle yards and hog floors . He enjoyed his time helping out family and neighbors. James had a strong passion for his faith and his family. He adored all of his grandchildren. He was a longtime member of the Holy Family Parish. James was an avid collector of all things John Deere, especially his John Deere tractors. He enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. Driving around was another passion, whether it be a Sunday afternoon drive, going for ice cream cones at the Dairy Crme, or checking out the crops, weather, and neighbors. James is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlene Holthaus of New Hampton, IA; two sons, Richard (Cindy) Holthaus of Alta Vista, Randy (Melissa) Holthaus of Plainfield; six daughters, Glenda Holthaus of Cedar Rapids, Gladys (Gary) Martin of Waucoma, Barbara Holthaus of Marshalltown, Susan (LeRoy) Gossling of New Hampton, Nancy (Bruce) Dunahoo of Zearing, Amy (Dale) House of Sioux Falls, SD; twenty-six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Phyllis (Tom) Mitchell of Hawkeye, IA, Grace (Don) Arens of Lawler, IA; aunt, Sister Marie Bohr, OSF of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Roger Holthaus, on September 23, 2014; his parents, Herman and Pauline Holthaus; in-laws, Hugo and Hildegard Rosenbaum, three sisters; Clarice Glaser, Donna Mae Holthaus, and Bernice in infancy; and brother-in-law, Eugene Rosenbaum.

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

  2. Gladys, Gary, Jenna, Adrian, & Stephanie lit a candle in memory of James H Holthaus

  3. My sincere condolences to the entire Holthaus Clan. James will be missed! Love and prayers to all of you.

  4. Holthaus family, I am very sorry for your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy and God Bless, Genie (Schwickerath) Clemens

  5. Arlene and family- We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a great person to visit with. I went to school at St. Mary’s with his sister, Donna and he & I talked about that from time to time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Duane & Pat Lynch

  6. Gladys and the Holthaus family – I’m sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ann Grober

  7. Arlene and Family. We send our sympathy and prayers to all of the family. Over the years when Jim and I visited, we would always share a laugh about the time I was hauling milk in the early 60’s, was trying to pick up Jim’s can milk and got stuck in the snow going up his driveway – turned around and got stuck in the snow going out of the driveway. Our thoughts are with the family. Dan & Jean Scott

  8. To the Holthaus family: We are saddened to learn of Jim’s death. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Pat & Carol Brickley

  9. So sorry for your loss Rick, Cindy and Family.Prayer and thoughts are with you. Roger Paulus and Nancy Worple

  10. Our prayers are with your Family may the arms of Jesus wrap around all of you We embrace your pain of Jim’s loss and will remember him.

  11. Dear Arlene and family, My prayers and sympathy are with all of you. Jim always had a smile and kind word whenever I spoke to him. May he rest in peace now in his heavenly home.

  12. Rick and Cindy, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Your family has had to endure so much in the last 6 months. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ellen Mueller

  13. My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the entire family for the Loss of Your Loved One! Prayers and Thoughts are with you!

  14. Arlene & family, Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family. I just talked to Jim on Wednesday–he always was smiling and said a friendly ‘hello’ whenever seeing him. Cherish all of the memories close to your hearts. May Jim rest in peace and be welcomed to his heavenly banquet.

  15. Truly saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face & a twinkle in his eye & a joy to visit with. Sending hugs & prayers to the entire Holthaus Family.

  16. The Holthaus family are in our thoughts and prayers. May his memories ease your sorrow now and in the days to come. David and Jeanne Roder

  17. Jim was a great friend and a great person I missed talking to him after I left nhnrc he will be greatly missed by all who knew him

  18. Sorry to hear of James’ passing. Sorry we can’t be there to offer our sympathy in person. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. I am so sorry to hear of James’ passing. I cherished the times he would tell me about my Grandma (Holthaus) Bengfort whom I never got to meer. Through him, I felt like I knew her. God Bless the entire family, you all have my deepest sympathy. Mary Kay Stee

  20. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I’ll forever cherish all our wonderful visits at the pharmacy with you dad. He sure spoke highly of all you kids and got pretty emotional at times. Remember all the great fun times you shared with him. May God hold you all extra close in the days ahead. With my deepest sympathy. .shellie galligan boos

  21. here is sending our sympthay to all the Holthaus family. You are in our prayers and he is at peace now in heaven Fran/Jerome

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