Florence Buchholtz

florence buchholtz
Florence M. Buchholtz, age 94 of Alta Vista, IA, died on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Colonial Manor in Elma, IA. Florence Marie Buchholtz was born on November 29, 1914 to Rudolph and Celia (Boehmer) Priebe near Alta Vista and was the oldest of five children. She attended Wildwood Country School west of Alta Vista. Florence lived on the family farm until her marriage to Art Buchholtz on September 29, 1936 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Elma. The couple farmed near Alta Vista and later bought a farm southeast of Alta Vista where Florence lived until moving to the Colonial Manor in 2005. Florence was instrumental in beginning the hot lunch program at the Alta Vista School. She also spent many years helping on the family farm, working as a School cook and bartender in Alta Vista and at the Blue Bird in Elma. Florence enjoyed playing cards, visiting with friends and family, and crocheting. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista. Florence is survived by her four children, Mary Ann Haugen of New Hampton, IA, Betty Jensen of Oelwein, IA, William (Mary) Buchholtz of Alta Vista, IA, and Carol Anderson of New Hampton, IA; ten grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild; one brother Leo (Faith) Priebe of Elma, IA; two sister-in-laws Wilma Priebe of Independence, IA and Jeannie Priebe of Evansdale, IA; and several nieces and nephews. Florence was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arthur on January 14, 1987; three brothers Roland, Clifford and Bob Priebe; one grandson David William Haugen; three son-in-laws Bernard Haugen, Wayne Jensen and Jerry Anderson. Cemetery: Burial will be in Howard Cemetery in Elma. Visitation: Visitation will be held 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Service: Funeral services will be at 10:30am on Friday, June 12, 2009 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista with Reverend Matthew Voyer as officiant.

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  1. Carol and family, so sorry to hear about your Mom. What a great lady, I have a lot of great memories of her. She always had time for us kids. We had a nice visit a couple of years ago when we stopped at the nursing home. She knew us and we shared some old times. She will be greatly missed by many people. . Our thought are with you.
    Jim and Helen Eaton

  2. My deepest sympathy to Florence’s family. She was a great lady and I enjoyed listening to her stories of the old days in Alta Vista. She will be missed. Pat Recker

  3. Sorry for your loss Had a lot of great times with Ma over the years and when we worked at the Blue Bird together

  4. I have so many memories of Florence (a.k.a. “Granny”)…her kind heart and warm sense of humor. Deann and I used to ride our bikes out to her farm. Sometimes we would do odd jobs like painting, mowing, etc…but sometimes we would just hang out on the front porch or in the kitchen and visit. Such a wonderful lady…she will be missed!

  5. My deepest sympathy to the family. Just the mention of Florence’s nanme brings back so many wonderful memories of Alta Vista.What a long life she had and she will be missed but the memories will always be there.

  6. MaryAnn
    Who would have thought that when you came to see mother that your would be the next one to leave the neighborhood. Our deepest sympathies to all of the family. May God Help your hearts to heal. Our prayers are with all of you.

  7. My condolences to the family. I met Florence in 2004 when I visited her on the farm (which belonged to my ancestors in years past). She told me many stories about my family. She was a truly great lady and will be missed.

  8. Our sympathy to the Buchhotlz family. Florence was a wonderful lady. I have great memories of working for Florence when she catered weddings. We had fun dancing and enjoying refreshments afterwards. God Bless!

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