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Bernard Holthaus was a true Greatest Generation guy who served his family and his country. He passed away in hospice care Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the age of 94. Bernie grew up in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, one of eight children of Joseph and Alma Holthaus. They survived the Great Depression, and in 1943, at the age of 19, he entered the U.S. Army and was sent to the war in Europe. He served in the 40th General Hospital unit until the war was over. His two older brothers, Joe and Clarence, also served in Europe during World War II. He married Wilma Patricia Maune in 1948 at St. Pius Church in Northside. They were married for 68 years, until Wilma passed away on June 5, 2016. He was "Dad" to his two children, David and Patti, who survive him. He was "Papa" to his three grandchildren, Will, Hannah and Graham Holthaus. He delighted in spending time with them. He was "Ben" or "Bernie" to the friends and acquaintances he worked with or went golfing or bowling with. He enjoyed both of those sports well into his 80s. He worked for the Ford Motor Co. for more than 30 years, mostly as a quality control specialist, first at the former plant in Fairfax, Ohio and then at the plant in Sharonville, Ohio. He retired from Ford in 1985. He was a member of Saint James Church in White Oak for 50 years. In addition to his children and grandchildren, he is survived by his brother Louis; his former daughter-in-law Nancy Ulrich Holthaus; Patti's partner, Brenda Shaffer, a niece and several nephews. His sister, Mildred Robinson, passed away on the same day he did, Jan. 30, at the age of 92. He was a good man and a good husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed. Visitation for Bernie and his family will be at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home, 5527 Cheviot Road, on Monday, Feb. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The funeral service will follow at the funeral home.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Feb. 2, 2018
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