Deacon John G. Holthaus

Born: Thu., Apr. 26, 1945
Died: Mon., May 19, 2014


2:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., May 22, 2014
Location: Holy Angels Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Fri., May 23, 2014
Location: Holy Angels Catholic Church

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Deacon John G. Holthaus, 69, 892 Crescent Dr., Sidney, Ohio passed away at his residence on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM after an extended illness.  He was born April 26, 1945 in Fort Loramie, Ohio, the son of Lawrence and Marietta (Schemmel) Holthaus.  His father is deceased and his mother survives in Fort Loramie.   He was married to Catherine Mertz on June 3, 1972 and she survives in Sidney along with their three children, Adam of Westerville, Ohio, Sarah Holthaus-Montana and husband Heinrich of Seattle, Washington and Drew of Sidney; six grandchildren, James Holthaus, Elijah Ashton, Lukas Holthaus, Jaiden Montana, Cohen Montana and Bentley Montana; four sisters, Karen Anthony and husband Jim of Fort Loramie, Ohio, Arlene Wissman and husband Jerry of Minster, Ohio, Sylvia Grimes and husband Joe of Piqua, Ohio and Jeanette Ranly and husband Dale of Minster, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.   Mr. Holthaus was a 1963 graduate of Fort Loramie High School and a 1971 graduate of the University of Dayton.  He had a Master’s Degree in Education with English and Special Education as his background.  He taught at Fairlawn School for 2 years and Anna for 28 years.  He was also a barber for many years.  He was ordained a deacon in 1998 and was a deacon at Holy Angels Catholic Church where he was a member.  He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and he loved his Gold Wing motorcycle, but, he especially loved his job as deacon at the church.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Rev. Dan Schmitmeyer.  Burial will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Fort Loramie.  Friends may call at Holy Angels Catholic Church on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 2-9 PM.  Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Angels Catholic Church, 324 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, Ohio 45365 or Holy Angels Elementary School, 120 E. Water St., Sidney, Ohio 45365.  Envelopes will also be available at church.  The family invites people to bring their favorite photos of Mr. Holthaus to the viewing.  There will also be a memory book at the church for friends and family to share their favorite memories of Deacon John.  Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements and condolences may be expressed to the Holthaus family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s web site at:

Charitable donations may be made in Deacon John's memory to the following organizations:

Holy Angels Catholic Church
324 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, Ohio 45365
Tel: 1-937-498-2307

Holy Angels School
324 S. Ohio Ave. Sidney Ohio, 45365
Tel: 937-498-2307

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Virginia Seewer
   Posted Tue May 20, 2014
John was such a gifted man who will be missed by all who knew him. He left wonderful memories of all he accomplished with so much enthusiasm in this community. His meaningful teachings always invoked a smile or two.
There is never a time when the Lord is indifferent to our pain. His arms are always open. His ear is always listening. His eye is always watching. His heart is always loving.
Sympathy, comfort and God's Blessings be with Kate and all of the family. We care!

Ray and Judy Feldman
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
My wife Judy and I extend our sympathy to the Catherine and the Holthaus family on the death of "Johnny".

Johnny and I were classmates and friends at St. Gregory Seminary High School back in 1959. Johnny's pastor at the time was Fr. Paul Rattermann, a good long-time friend of my father's.

Separated by distance and time, my heart is sad at the loss, but at the same time, it rejoices in the new bond of friendship now experienced with one of the saints whom I have had the privilege to meet in my journey through this life.

Eternal rest grant unto John, O Lord, and may he shine in the Perpetual Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ, may he rest in peace.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Leo berning
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
My deepest Sympathy to his wife and children your are not alone for the thoughts and the love of others who care are with you always. John shall be missed GOD bless of you Leo Berning

Jon Back
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
John was truly a great man he was one of the many reasons I joined the Catholic Church it was truly an honor to be one of his last classes in RCIA.

Paul Holden
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
Holthaus Family
John and I was at St. Gregory's together. We were placed in alphabetical order so I became good friends with him for that year. We were both from rural families. Lots of fond memories. You'll all be in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
Paul Holden

joyce buehler
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Deacon John. I always looked up to him as an honorable man with a deeply compassionate heart. I loved his bright smile and crazy stories. He allowed me to share much of my spiritual journey when he came to bless my apartment, he often said he was thinking of me and asked how I was doing when he would see me in church. The world was a better place because of Deacon John. Please accept my prayers and deepest sympathy.

Deacon John & Jan Parker
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
Jan and I are expressing our sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Deacon John. We are sorry we can not be there in person, but assured of our prayers and our love.

Dan & Linda Thieman
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
John was a "SPECIAL" cousin for since I got to know him "running around". But he became even more special as we traveled to World Youth Day together and journeyed to the Haiti Mission Trip together. He left his presence whereever he was and he certainly "Bloomed where he was planted".

Nelia Kennedy
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014


Our Heartfelt Condolences to the Holthaus Family! From: Nelia Sakai Kennedy, Ellie Sakai and Family

Nelia Kennedy
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014

Angel Cross Figurine was sent by Nelia Sakai Kennedy.

Dearest Sarah, Heinrich and the Holthaus Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and Prayers, Nelia Sakai Kennedy and Family

Dan and Dayna Harter and Family
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
My husband and I extend our most sincere condolences to The Holthaus family. He guided us and our family in so many ways, and I still remember his smile. He has touched so many lives, and has been apart of memories of many. We extend our apologies to our entire Parish family, and he will always be celebrated.

Elaine & Bill Cummings
   Posted Thu May 22, 2014
We feel fortunate and blessed to have known Deacon John,
In his extraordinary way he navigated the journey for both of us to the Catholic Church and Holy Angels most especially.
May all find comfort in fond memories of him and his inspiration and example.

Jan Szijarto
   Posted Thu May 22, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family on the loss of John, a wonderful, accomplished man. I have so many cherished memories of him from our childhood. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

joyce r buehler
   Posted Thu May 22, 2014
I am terribly sorry that I will not be able to attend viewing or funeral because we have a funeral in our family. I will be thinking of all of you.

Evelyn Roe
   Posted Thu May 22, 2014
I did not know John very well, but saw him at my great grandchildrens' birthdays. I feel I know what kind of man he was because of his treatment of them. Especially for Elijah whom he welcomed as one of his own. God bless all of his family in this trying time.

Tina (Schulze) Budde
   Posted Fri May 23, 2014
I was saddened to hear the news about John. He was a good friend of my dad's and I have fond memories from years ago when he, Kate, my parents and the rest of the gang would get together. What I remember most from those gatherings was the laughter. He was such an awesome storyteller and my brother and I knew when John was around we'd laugh a lot. He could also do an awesome Mark Twain. He came to my high school to give a Mark Twain performance and the kids loved him. When my parents spoke of John, their faces would immediately light up. May the wonderful memories ease the pain for all of you.

Steve and Millie Schroeder
   Posted Fri May 23, 2014
Whenever Deacon John would have the homily at Mass we would look at each other and say this will be interesting and we were never disappointed. He had a special gift for connecting with people and he will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy.

Dave and Sandy Monnin
   Posted Fri May 23, 2014
We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Holthaus family. Deacon John was a light in our parish that will still shine from heaven. His dedication and devotion to God, his family and to our parish was a blessing to so many. May God grant you the peace and comfort that John would wish you to have.

Dennis Ruble
   Posted Sat May 24, 2014
Donnajean and I extend our sympathy and prayers to the Holthaus family and all who knew and loved him. He delivered the best homilies in church. They really spoke to our journey as Catholics and helped us to see the path more clearly. May God greet John with open arms and may the same God hold the rest of us in the palm of his hand as we mourn the loss.

Dennis & Marty Ahrens
   Posted Sun May 25, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with John's family. We enjoyed his sermons and stories so very much. He will be remembered for his ability to bring people together with a smile and a story. May he rest in peace.

Cathy Ashton
   Posted Tue May 27, 2014
I want to wish my deepest condolences to the Holthaus family for the terrible loss of a great father, husband, grandfather and brother. John was much loved by our grand children. He always showed kindness and love to family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless your family and may God guide you thru this terrible loss. You are all in my heart and prayers.

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