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Viola Sheldon Holtz
September 20, 1918 – October 14, 2015
Viola Holtz, 97, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center.
Visitation will be Monday, October 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the Bethlehem Church in Lost Nation followed by a burial in the Busch Cemetery in rural Lost Nation. Lahey Funeral Home in Lost Nation is assisting the family with their arrangements.
Viola was born in rural Oxford Junction, Iowa, September 20, 1918, to Elias and Hattie (Borgert) Sheldon. She attended one-room schools through eighth grade, graduating from the Lost Nation High School in 1935. She married Clyde Holtz in Clinton, Iowa, on March 31, 1939. He preceded her in death in June of 1983.
They farmed most of their married life in rural Lost Nation. She also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for twenty-one years. Viola was a lifelong member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In her later years she joined the quilting group where she like to tie knots and the potluck dinners.
Viola always had a garden and did a lot of canning, especially tomatoes. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, caring for many cats and feeding the birds. She loved having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed all times spent with family and friends.
Viola is survived by one son, James (Teresa) Holtz of Lost Nation; one daughter, Dianne Shea of Maquoketa; four grandchildren, Brian (Debra) Shea of Delmar, James D. (Jody) Holtz of Lost Nation, Suzanne (Kevin) Schrader of DeWitt, Kathleen (Anthony) Wild of North Liberty; eight great-grandchildren, Cassandra and Ian Shea, Joshua and Jenna Holtz, Kyle and Stephanie Schrader, Alex and Evan Wild; one brother, Edmund (Eleanor) Sheldon of Lost Nation; two sisters-in-law, Norma Sheldon of DeWitt and Mickey Sheldon of Lost Nation; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde; two brothers, Lyle and Myron Sheldon; and one son-in-law William Shea.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, Maquoketa, Iowa, October 17, 2015

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