Maudie A. Holthaus

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Maudie Agnes (Oldham) Holthaus, 98, of Edgewood, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Edgewood, conducted by Pastor Mike Jackson.

Interment will be at Zion Cemetery, Colesburg.

Maudie was born on July 14, 1916, near Garber, the daughter of Cuthbert G. and Laura A. (Hansel) Oldham. Maudie attended Studebaker Country School until she transferred to Colesburg High School, graduating in 1933 as a 16 year old. After graduation she worked for one year at the Barnhart Restaurant until she was old enough to teach country school. She taught in Clayton County at Ruegnitz School, Studebaker School, and Cox Creek #1 School.

On June 30, 1940, Maudie was united in marriage to Ray Holthaus. Together they farmed throughout their married life three miles south of Colesburg. Maudie also worked as a secretary at Henderson Manufacturing Company in Manchester for some years.

Maudie enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and oil painting. She made wonderful pies, doughnuts, and home-baked bread. Maudie did lots of canning and freezing of food in the fall. She loved music and reading. She was an active 4-H leader, and was a member of Eastern Star, United Methodist Women’s Circle, and became a member of the Mary Knight Chapter of D.A.R. In her later years she enjoyed playing computer games, doing word puzzles, and reading. It was a real challenge to keep her supplied with books to read!

Survivors include her five children, Janice (Jahn) Witzel of Stoughton, Wis., Lyle (Naomi) Holthaus of Racine, Wis., Mary Ann Shimkus of Ames, Carol (Robert) Buth of Oconomowoc, Wis., and Steven (Diane) Holthaus of Parkville, Mo.; sister-in-law, Letha (Milton) Moon of Haymarket, Va.; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Maudie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray in 2007; her two sisters, Beulah and Doris; her brother, Omar Oldham; and her son-in-law, Ronald Shimkus.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Methodist Church, Edgewood, or give to your favorite charity in memory of Maudie Holthaus.

Online condolences may be sent through www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

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