July 14, 1929 - Nov. 12, 2006
ATWOOD ?-- Virginia Holthus 77, died Sunday (Nov. 12, 2006) in her home.
She was born in Washington, D.C., on July 14, 1929, daughter of Adolph and Katherine (Massey) Heitmuller. She was baptized at Christ Lutheran and was confirmed in 1947, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Anacostia, Md.
She spent her childhood on her parent's farm near Silesia, Md., and attended high school in Oxon Hill, graduating in 1946. She worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington and later NASA.
On Oct. 26, 1952, she married Elmer Holthus, formerly of Ludell, Kan., an officer in the Marine Corps. They lived in San Clemente, San Diego and Oceanside, Calif., North Carolina, Southern California and Virginia, Subic Bay, Phillippines and Kaheohe, Hawaii. In 1967, they moved to Orange County, Fla., and lived in the City of Orange until her death.
She was active in a Luthern Church women's group that formed a high school, now called Lutheran High School of Orange County. She also organized a thrift shop that has raised more than $1 million for the high school, primarily in tuition-assistance funds.
Survivors include her husband, Elmer Holthus of Orange; two sons, Paul and wife, Bridget of Hawaii and Thomas of Virginia; one daughter, Sharon and husband, Jonathon of Orange; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m., at the Redeemer Evangelical Church in Atwood.
Visitation will be Sunday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. A private family viewing will be Saturday from 4-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in her name to the Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services.
Brantley Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.