Alice Marie Holtzmann, age 91, of Milbank, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at St. William’s Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank with Father Gary DeRouchey celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church with a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday for one hour prior to the time of Mass at the church.
Casket bearers will be: Leon Johnson, Tony Costanzo, Dave Pocta, Howard Schwartz, Jim Courtright, and Christian Taillefer. The lectors will be Max Courtright and Bob Holtzmann.
Alice Marie Holtzmann was born October 7, 1924 to Emmet and Margaret McCaffrey in Emmet, NE. She was married to Alphonse Joseph Holtzmann on April 23, 1946. They were blessed to have cared for each other for 70 years of marriage. They made homes in ND and SD and raised 9 children: Mary Jo (Taillefer), Larry, Jeannie (Schwartz), Bob, Roger, Margaret (Costanzo), Barb (Courtright), Susan (Johnson) and Beth (Pocta). Alice will be greatly missed by her husband, her children and their spouses, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Alice found many ways to serve the community, the parish of St. Lawrence, the family at Blue Cloud Abbey, and her many friends and neighbors through numerous organizations and personal acts. She brought beauty to the world as a talented artist and gardener, and enjoyed sharing things she grew or created with others. She was a lifelong learner, always curious and reading. Her faith was central to her life, and she blessed many people with her gentle and compassionate spirit.
“All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.” – James Russell Lowell
Alice was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters, Helen O’Donnell and Rita Richards.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the many friends, neighbors, hospice volunteers and professionals who went above and beyond to care for Alice, especially in her long illness. Every kindness was appreciated.
Memorials can be made to St. Williams Care Center, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, and the Milbank Area Hospice Program.