Guest Book for Deacon John G. Holthaus

Provided by Salm-McGill-Tangeman

Posted by: Virginia Seewer
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!

Posted by: Ray and Judy Feldman
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.

Posted by: Leo berning
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

Posted by: Jon Back
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.

Posted by: Paul Holden
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

Posted by: joyce buehler
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.

Posted by: Deacon John & Jan Parker
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.

Posted by: Dan & Linda Thieman
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".

Posted by: Nelia Kennedy
Wed May 21, 2014


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


Posted by: Nelia Kennedy
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


Posted by: Dan and Dayna Harter and Family
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.

Posted by: Elaine & Bill Cummings
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.

Posted by: Jan Szijarto
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.

Posted by: joyce r buehler
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.

Posted by: Evelyn Roe
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.

Posted by: Tina (Schulze) Budde
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.

Posted by: Steve and Millie Schroeder
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.

Posted by: Dave and Sandy Monnin
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.

Posted by: Dennis Ruble
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.

Posted by: Dennis & Marty Ahrens
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.

Posted by: Cathy Ashton
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.