July 29, 1922 - May 21, 1944
WILSONVILLE -- Velma Holtze, 84, died Monday (Sept. 11, 2006) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
She was born July 29, 1922, to Frank and Melissa (Michals) Nicholson of Wilsonville. She graduated from Wilsonville High School in 1939, and taught in rural schools in the Wilsonville and Stamford areas for five years.
On May 21, 1944, she married James R. Holtze. They lived and farmed on the state line south of Wilsonville until 1952 when they moved west of Wilsonville to be closer for their children to attend school. In 1981, they moved to town where she lived until her death.
She was a member of I.H.O., Wilsonville Woman's Club, the United Baptist-Christian Church, and served on state committees of the Christian Church in Nebraska, and many offices in her church.
She also served several years as a 4-H leader, a member of the Wilsonville School board, and the District 5 President of Federated Woman's Club.
In 1982, she started the J.O.Y. Book Nook. She participated one year in the ELM program ( Eduction For Lay Ministry) where she was interested in ministering in rest homes. She provided a monthly inspirational program at the Beaver City Manor until health prohibited her from continuing.
She was also a Wilsonville correspondent for the Cambridge Clarion, Times Tribune and Norton Telegram for more than 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; a son, Rodger; one, son-in-law Doug Simmons; two infant sisters; and foster brother Norman Hosea.
She is survived by her daughters, Margene Holtze of Cambridge and Ivalene Simmons of Holdrege; sons Jim and wife, Becky of Wilsonville and Kenneth and wife, Carla of Cambridge; 10 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the United Baptist Christian Church in Wilsonville with the Rev. Keith Theobald officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilsonville cemetery.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Lockenhour-Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.