Harold Holschbach

Holschbach, Harold E.

Harold E. Holschbach, 89, of 3223 Clover Road, Manitowoc, died early Thursday morning, November 8, 2012, at Shady Lane Nursing Care Center, where he had been residing for the past year.

He was born March 4, 1923, to Alois and Lillian (Ackerman) Holschbach in the town of Manitowoc. He married Grace L. (Korinek), October 12, 1948 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kellnersville. As a young man, Harold started farming at his family's farm on Silver Creek Road, Manitowoc. He and Grace then purchased and operated Holschbach's Cloveredge Farms on Clover Road in Manitowoc, which is now operated by his sons. Harold continued to work with them until July of 2011.

His family included one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Roger Larson, Manitowoc; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Bernard Holschbach, Manitowoc; Dr. Lyle Holschbach and Sandy Sickinger, Reedsville; Roger and Lori Holschbach, Manitowoc; Leland and Debbie Holschbach, Manitowoc; Joseph and Julie Holschbach, Manitowoc; ten grandchildren, Jeremy (Chastity) Larson, Manitowoc; Joel Larson, also of Manitowoc; Ogden and Eli Holschbach, Valerie Maigatter and Vanessa Holschbach, Manitowoc; Benjamin and Patrick Holschbach, Manitowoc; Jason Holschbach, Neenah; and Jacquilyn (Nathan) Egholm, Milwaukee; six great-grandchildren, Cody and Mykaida Larson, Maxwell and Grant Maigatter, and Lilly Shimek and Callie Junk, all of Manitowoc. Harold is also survived by one brother and four sisters-in-law, Fritz and Ruth Holschbach, Sheboygan Falls; Rosemary Holschbach, Theresa Waack, and Shirley Holschbach, all of Manitowoc; also four sisters and one brother-in-law, Lucille Walsh, Manitowoc; Ethal Meyer, Spring Valley; Clara Ann Wagner, Manitowoc; Elaine and Milton Wetenkamp, Manitowoc. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace; Holschbach, and one son, Mark Holschbach, his parents; four brothers and one sister-in-law, John Holschbach, Orville Holschbach, Earl Holschbach, and Gerald and Sandy Holschbach; two infant brothers, Leonard and Arthur; three brothers-in-law, Thomas Walsh, Victor Meyer and LeRoy Wagner.

Harold was an active member of St. Casimirs Catholic Church, Northeim, Wis, where he served on many church committees and was sexton for the church cemetery for 25 years. He was currently an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, of Newton.

Farming was Harold's life's passion. Dad started with Registered Holsteins in 1950. He received the Progressive Breeders Award, one of the most distinguished awards for Holstein breeders, for 25 consecutive years. He had a cow and bull nominated for All American. Dad enjoyed hosting domestic and international farm tours. Harold and his family also hosted Breakfast on the Farm. He also helped mentor a number of LTC Herd Management students and other young adults on our family farm over the years.

For 20 years Harold served the community as Newton Town Board Supervisor and also served with the Newton Lions.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, Newton, Wis., on Monday, November 12, 2012, with burial at the St. Casimirs Cemetery in Northeim, Wis.

The family will greet relatives and friends at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, Newton, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2012, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. The visitation will continue on Monday morning, November 12, 2012, at the church from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.pfefferfuneralhome.com and the Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

On the farm, our family worked on many projects together. We would joke with dad, "Where's the blue print, or will we draw one up when we are finished?" This is HIS blueprint. Dad's life was entwined in family, faith, farming and community service. Dad's biggest enjoyments came from a good meal with his family, good cows, a bountiful harvest and a community of good friends and neighbors.

A special thank you to the caring, compassionate staff of Shady Lane who cared for him during his time there.

Funeral Home

Pfeffer Funeral Home
928 South 14th Street Manitowoc, WI 54220
920-684-4642

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Nov. 9, 2012