Deloris E. Holtz

Monday, May 3, 2004

Deloris E. Holtz, 75, of Merrill, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at a Sioux City hospital from heart failure.

Deloris E. Holtz was born Sept. 24, 1928, at her home in Hinton, the daughter of George and Millie (Church) Richards. She was raised in the Hinton and Merrill areas. She married Arthur N. Holtz on Sept. 10, 1944, in Sioux City.

Deloris worked for Younkers for six years. In 1959, they moved to Mapleton, where she worked for Moore Brothers Grocery Store for 11 years. The family returned to Merrill in 1970. She worked for 15 years for Safeway Food Store in Sioux City, and then for two years at Truck Haven in Sioux City. She then worked for Boulevard Foods in Sioux City for five years, and later for 10 years at Hy-vee, retiring in 2002 due to her health.

She was a member of the HInton United Methodist Church and the Mapleton United Methodist Church, where she taught Bible school and Sunday school for many years. She enjoyed embroidering dish towels. She also enjoyed cooking, playing cards, putting puzzles together and doing crossword puzzles. Most of all, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of over 59 years, Arthur of Merrill; a son, Arthur "Butch" and his wife, Bonnie, of Merrill; four daughters, Sandra Alberts and her husband, Daniel, of Sioux City, Barbara Newton and her husband, Wayne, of Decatur, Texas, Susan Schroeder and her husband, Sam, of Wayne, Neb., and Patty Bengston of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; a sister and her husband, Sharon and Darrell Beck of Sioux City; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Marvin Richards; two sisters, Bertha Tague and Vernice Felton and her husband, Jim; a son-in-law, Roger Bengston; and two grandchildren, Tami Bengston and Suzanne Schroeder.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Merrill United Methodist Church in Merrill with the Rev. Benjamin Meeks officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Merrill. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Monday) with the family present after 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City.

Pallbearers will be Gary Holtz, Scott Holtz, Dennis Holtz, Brent Bengston, Randy Alberts and Billy Hendersen, grandsons of Deloris, and Jerry Armstrong, a special friend of the family. Honorary pallbearers will be Laurie Holtz, Brandye Jumps, Lisa Alberts, Sherry Alberts, Katie Hendersen, Shelli Huggenberger, Shanna Hintz, Shawn Schroeder and Cari Catania, granddaughters of Deloris.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in her name to the Siouxland Regional Cancer Center.