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Michael G. “Jerry” Holthaus

November 8, 1940 — May 11, 2022

Michael G. “Jerry” Holthaus, 81 of Pana, Illinois died Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 7:19 a.m. at Pana Community Hospital.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022 in Oconee Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oconee, Illinois by Father Rodney A. Schwartz. Visitation will also be Monday, May 16, 2022 at Oconee Sacred

Heart Church beginning at 8:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass. Burial will be in Oconee Sacred Heart Cemetery, Oconee Township, Shelby County, Illinois.  Memorials may be made for Masses said or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Michael G. Holthaus was born Friday, November 8, 1940 in Oconee, Illinois the son of Bernard Christian and Margaret (maiden name Ibison) Holthaus. He was raised in Oconee attending Sacred Heart Grade School and later Pana High School, where he graduated with the Class of 1958.

Michael G. Holthaus married Betty Ann Litz on Saturday, September 4, 1965 in Oconee Sacred Heart Church. He was a lifelong carpenter from a family of very talented carpenters and owned Michael G. Holthaus General Construction. Michael was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pana and Oconee Sacred Heart Church, and he was active in both churches and the community.

Michael G. Holthaus is survived by his wife: Betty Ann Holthaus of Pana; sons: Eric Gregory Holthaus (Janelle) of Pana and Todd Michael Holthaus (Rose) of New Lenox, Illinois; daughter: Michelle Dawn Blackwell (Troy) of Pana; grandsons: Lucas  Holthaus, Samuel Holthaus, Jared  Blackwell (fiancée Kayla Williams) of Urbana, and Michael  Blackwell of Pana; granddaughters: Allison  Ferrari (Joe) of Plainfield, Illinois, Alivia Reed, Issabell Reed, and Emily Blackwell; step-grandson: Killian Noonan (Marley) of Lockport, Illinois; great-grandson: Kade Joseph Ferrari of Plainfield, Illinois and step-great-granddaughter: Elena Noonan of Lockport, Illinois; sisters: Connie Elam, Barbara Villalobos, and Marie McCarthy.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Norbert and Gregory Holthaus; sisters: Delores Collins, Denise Collins, Genevieve Cullens, and Joan Schaeffler; and granddaughter: Ava Marie Holthaus, who died February 16, 2015.

The family is being served by Kennedy & Sons, Pana.

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