Karolmae Violet  Holtorf's Memorial

Karolmae Violet Holtorf
(1943 - 2008)


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Name: Mrs Karolmae Violet Holtorf
Maiden Name: Karau
Gender: Female
Age: 65 years old
Lived: Thursday, 27 May 1943 - Wednesday, 31 December 2008

My Story

Karolmae Violet Holtorf (Karau) loving mother, grandmother went home to be with God December 31, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Her children were at her side.

Karol Holtorf was born in Shakopee, MN on May 27, 1943. As a child her family moved to Rochester, Mn where she lived until moving to Houston, TX in 1985 to be near her first born grandchild.   She has two sisters that she loves dearly Betty Olson (James) of Parkersburg, IA and Shirley Johnson of Embarress, MN.

She is survived by her children Angela McConnell and husband Bruce of Hallettsville, TX; David Holtorf and wife Lori of Byron, MN; June Alper and husband Gregg of League City, TX.  Karol’s devotion in life was to her 10 grandchildren, Noah McConnell, Arnold Normand, Hunter McConnell, Joseph McConnell, Starr (Brent) Warndahl, Joshua (Marion) Holtorf, Brooke (Brandon) Scharberg,  Sophie Alper, William Alper, and Ian Alper.  She felt blessed to have met her first great-grand daughter, Avery Warndahl, born in June.    She enjoyed crossword puzzles, singing and teaching her grandchildren arts and crafts. She is preceded in death by her parents, step-father and her devoted cat Squeak.

Karol retired from IBM after 15+ years of service.  Her passions were dancing, antiquing, and fishing.  Her final wishes were to have her ashes spread on the Mississippi River at Wabasha, MN where she spent many happy days fishing. Karol will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
The Salvation Army, Rochester
P.O. Box 575
Rochester, MN 55903.

Karol Holtorf's Memorial Service. 

Date: August 1, 2009

Time: 11:00AM

Where: Wabasha, MN Beach Park   http://www.wabasha.org/ at the Gazebo

Memorial:  We plan to have a Memorial Service where we will share special memories of Karol's life (open to everyone).  Then Karol's children and her sisters  will board a small vessel and release her remains at the spot she choose, while those on shore watch in thoughtful prayer.  We will also be planting a tree in memory of Mom before moving to the AmericanInn for lunch where we will continue to share stories and pictures.  A slide show presentation of her life will be viewed  just  before lunch.  All are invited to spend the day with us. 
Accommodations:  We will be staying at the AmericanInn Both Friday and Saturday evenings. 

Here is a website that lists hotels and B&B's in the area as well: http://www.wabasha.org/

Most family members are staying at the American Inn of Wabasha 800-396-5007

You may  bring a lawn chair for the service at the park. 

Please forward this information onto other family members.  Please call one of us to let us know if you plan to join us for lunch so we can plan accordingly.


God Bless,

Angela, David and June








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We will be flying up to spend the day at the Wabasha park for the one year anniversary of your memorial service. It j...
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Happy Birthday Mom! I said special prayers for you at mass today and David sent me a real nice picture of your tree....
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HELLO MOM I just need to share with you that your latest great grandchild was born today. Ella Marie Scharberg d...
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Karol, You were a wonderful mother-in-law. I am glad you were able to retire early and go on vacations with us and s...
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Karol, you have touched my heart in a way I will never forget. I feel so blessed that you and I made a wonderful con...
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Fathers Name: Theodore Alfred Karau
Mothers Name: Rose Marie Plekkenpol
Children's Names: Angela-David-June
Siblings Names: Betty- Shirley
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: League City
Marital Status: Divorced


Favourite Sport: Football
Favourite Team: Vikings
Favourite Book: Mom loved Crossword puzzles and reading books to her grandchildren
Favourite Movie: Any Roy Roger Movie- He was her dream boyfriend
Favourite Music Genre: Country
Favourite Artist: Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George Strait
Favourite Charity: The Salvation Army, Rochester and the American Cancer Society


Place of Passing: Hospital with her children at her side
Date of Passing: 31 December 2008
Cause of Passing: Cancer
Type of Funeral: Scattering of Ashes
Place of Burial: Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN
Funeral Location: Beach Park Gazebo Wabasha, MN
Funeral Date: 1 August 2009

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