Thelma M. Otterholt, age 96, of Decorah, IA, died Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Aase Haugen Home in Decorah.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, with Rev. Stacey Nalean – Carlson officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 P.M. Saturday March 2 in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Valley, Wisconsin.
Visitation begins on Saturday at 9:00 A.M., one hour before services, at the funeral home. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley are serving the family.
Thelma Marion Otterholt was born August 30, 1916 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, the daughter of Theodore and Mali (Thompson) Thompson. She graduated from the public schools at Spring Valley and from Luther Hospital School of Nursing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
She was united in marriage with Dr. Erland R. Otterholt of Chetek, Wisconsin, on March 27, 1943, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. After they were married, they lived in Los Angeles, California, Munich and Stuttgart, Germany, before settling in Janesville, Wisconsin. In 1999, they moved to Decorah, Iowa. Thelma moved to the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah, in November, 2007. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Janesville, and had been an active member of Sons of Norway, Nordland Lodge #544 and several other Norwegian heritage organizations. She loved genealogy and was an accomplished lifelong artist, devoting much time to creating oil and watercolor paintings.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Erland on February 14, 2000; a sister Birgitte Hanson; 6 brothers-in-law and 5 sisters-in-law.
Thelma is survived by her son Gary and her daughter Karen (James) Ehrie, both of Decorah; two granddaughters, Kjersti (special friend Arianne Tange) of Middelburg, The Netherlands, and Mari (Greg) Lewey of Decorah; two great-granddaughters, Raquel and Sophia Lewey, Decorah, and nephews and nieces.
Memorials may be given to Aase Haugen Home, 4 Ohio Street, Decorah, IA 52101, Glenwood Lutheran Church, 1197 Old Stage Road, Decorah, IA 52101, First Lutheran Church, 612 N. Randall Avenue, Janesville, WI 53545 or Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, WI 53545.