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Alma J. (Haverkamp) Holthaus

Kelly, Kansas

08/03/1921 - 02/19/2020

            Alma J. Holthaus, 98, Kelly, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Life Care Center in Seneca.

Alma was born on August 3, 1921, the daughter of Frank and Mary Stegeman Haverkamp, on the family farm ½ mile west of Kelly. She was the youngest of twelve children. She attended St. Bede’s Catholic School in Kelly, graduating from Kelly High School in 1940.

With her parents being German immigrants, the family spoke German in the home before English. When Alma was five years old, her parents went on a month-long trip to Germany and she was left in the care of her older sister Josepha Steinlage. As a child, Alma remembered praying the rosary in German at church with fellow classmates. She walked to and from school. During her teens and early twenties, time was spent visiting relatives, going to family reunions, wedding dances, making home-made ice cream and butter and attending church activities. Work she did at that time was gardening, housework, making meals and she helped with the canning of the fruits and vegetables and the milking of the cows.

Alma met Fred Holthaus, a World War II veteran at a wedding dance in 1946 at the city hall on Main Street in Seneca. They were married in St. Bede’s Catholic Church on April 15, 1947. She and Fred lived and farmed one and one half miles west of Kelly where they farmed and raised cattle and hogs. Fred died October 22, 1998. Alma’s survivors are her five children: Leonard (Len) and (Debi), Lee’s Summit, MO; Marlene (Dennis) Handke , Topeka; Steve (Cheryl) Holthaus, Seneca; Clarence Holthaus, Centralia; Alda (Jeff) LaCrone, Topeka; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Alma was a member of St. Bede’s Catholic Church and the St. Ann’s Altar Society at Kelly. She enjoyed gardening, canning and baking (especially pies) and making comforters for her children. When she was younger, she ran errands for her husband and sons at planting and harvest time. Fred and Alma traveled to Colorado, St. Louis, Florida, Wisconsin and Hawaii. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 15, 1997. Later Alma enjoyed visiting relatives and others in the nursing homes and e-mailing her family on her computer, not even having taken typing in high school. She enjoyed going to church picnics and was on the prayer chain at church. Alma was a kind and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred; six brothers, George, Lawrence, Frank, Ed, Joe, and Al Haverkamp; five sisters, Anna Boeding, Dora Steinlage, Mary Haug, Josepha Steinlage and Rose Bergman.

Visitation

Rosaries will be prayed 2 and 7 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Lauer Funeral Home.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. Bede’s Church in Kelly.

Memorials may be given for Kelly Heritage Fund and sent in care of the family.

Funeral Mass

Rosaries will be prayed 2 and 7 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Lauer Funeral Home.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. Bede’s Church in Kelly.

Memorials may be given for Kelly Heritage Fund and sent in care of the family.

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7 Comments

  1. Arminda and Jim Feldkamp on February 19, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She lived a long and happy life. She knew how to keep herself busy. I know she will be missed.

  2. Connie and Ced Woodard on February 19, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, Steve. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Susan and Daniel Rodenbaugh on February 19, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Alma. Her struggle is over. May she rest in peace.

  4. Carleen and Ken Merritt on February 19, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Alma will be greatly missed.

  5. Coletta Tinley on February 20, 2020 at 3:32 am

    To the Holthaus family, my condolences. Your Mother and I formed a beautiful friendship. She was a wonderful neighbor to my parents. May she Rest In Peace.
    Marlene, I so appreciated your thoughtfulness, always keeping in touch.
    My love and prayers.
    Coletta Hutfles Tinley

  6. Dolores Brokamp Dick on February 20, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Sending condolences to Steve and all the Holthaus family.
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She will be missed, but she will always be in your heart.
    Sending prayers for this difficult time.
    Dolores Brokamp Dick and all the family

  7. Joe Haverkamp on February 20, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    So sorry to hear of the death of Aunt Alma. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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