Dorothy Holthaus, age 95

June 12, 1923 —
Jan. 30, 2019
CRESCO - Dorothy L. Holthaus, age 95, of Cresco, Iowa died after a brief illness on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco, surrounded by her loving family. 
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Feb. 4, 2019, with Father Dennis Cain officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home is assisting the family. 
Dorothy Ludmilla Winter was born on June 12, 1923, to Louis and Johanna (Balk) Winter on a farm by St. Lucas, Iowa. She attended school up to eighth grade. At the age of 13, she worked as a hired girl, taking care of many new moms with their babies.
Dorothy married Severin Holthaus at St. Mary’s in Waucoma, Iowa on Oct. 6, 1947. To this marriage six children were born, Donald, Earl, Shirley, Allen and twins Steven and Sharon. The couple farmed east of Cresco for 35 years. Dorothy worked on the farm and cooked and baked for the family. She was a member of Notre Dame Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary and hospital auxiliary. 
She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Kleve and  Sharon (Kevin) Gerleman; two sons, Allen (Brenda) Holthaus and Steven (Kim) Holthaus; daughter-in-law, Connie Holthaus; grandchildren, Theresa Kleve, Jenny (Ray) Rankin, Rod Kleve, Rachel (Rod) Vsetecka, Sarah (Matt) Halweg, Devin (Alexa) Holthaus, Kyle (Stephanie) Hovden, Chris (Chelsey) Hovden, Paige (Jordan) Schumacher, Lacey Holthaus, Adam Gerleman, Grant Gerleman and Reece Gerleman; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Caroline (Joe) Schildmeyer, Lillian Holthaus and Doris Winter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Severin in 1983; sons, Earl in 1968 and Donald in 2009; son-in-law, Melvin Kleve; in-laws, Felix and Agnes Holthaus; her six sisters and their spouses, Agnes (Lewis) Appleman, Evelyn (Clarence) Schmitt, Veronica (Linus) Schmitt, Marie (Merle) Schissel, Helen (Greg) Heying and Irene (Roger) Moellers; her five brothers and their spouses, Leonard (Nadine) Winter, Clarence (Leona) Winter, Leo Winter, Don (Carol) Winter and Linus Winter; brothers and sisters-in-law and their spouses, Augustine (Ethel) Holthaus, Ralph (Olivia) Holthaus, Rudy (Germaine) Holthaus, Francis (Luella) Holthaus, Joe Schieldmeyer, Rosemary Holthaus and Agnes (Ed) Riha; and a great-grandson, Bryson Holthaus. 
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