Esther B. Holtz, age 99, of Litchfield, MN died on Friday January 17, 2020 at the Meeker Manor in Litchfield. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 24, 2020, at the St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Forest City. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Thursday at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service with a prayer service at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be in the Ripley Cemetery, Litchfield, MN.
Esther Blanche Holtz, the daughter of John and Edna (Gundry) Schmidt, was born on November 7, 1920 in Hayward, Wisconsin. She attended School District 15 and was united in marriage to Benjamin Holtz at the Church of Christ in Litchfield on November 24, 1945. Esther lived in Paynesville for 8 years before moving to the Litchfield area. She worked at Bethany Dining for 25 years and was a member of St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ for 67 years. Esther had a caring personality and a fun sense of humor. She enjoyed sewing, bowling, reading, watching the MN Twins, playing cards and bingo and taking trips to the casino. She made quilts for her grandchildren and enjoyed traveling, taking bus trips and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children Gary Holtz and special friend Carol Norman of Winsted, MN, Donald (Barbara) Holtz of Hutchinson, MN, Barbara (James) Eitel of Stewart, MN, Dennis (Konnie) Holtz of Granite Falls, MN and Janet (Randy) Bielke of Darwin, MN; Sandra Holtz; grandchildren Tony (Krissy) Holtz, Tim (Ruchi) Holtz, Mindy (Stephen) Schimmel, Jason (Nicole) Eitel, Alison (Jared) Kadelbach, Janel Zanoth and special friend Chad Skolberg, Ben (Emmeline Erickson) Holtz, Sarah (Jeremy) LeBlanc, Jarod (Linda Costabile) Holtz, Heather (George) Diaz and Amanda Bielke and special friend Brandon Burdick; 27 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Edna; husband Benjamin; and sisters and brothers-in-law Helen and Quantrel Stevens, Ida and Ralph Braatz, Otto (Babe) and Eileen Holtz, Robert and Bernice Holtz, Albert and Irene Holtz and Myrtle and Marvin Mahn.