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April 20, 2019

3/27/2019 9:47:00 AM
Funeral for Gertrude Holzerland held March 26 at St. John's

The funeral service for Gertrude "Gert" Holzerland, 90, of Stewartville will be held at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday, March 26, 2019), at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
Mrs. Holzerland died Friday, March 22, 2019 of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had resided since 2017.
Gertrude Mary Whetson was born on Nov. 14, 1928, in Morton, Minn., to William and Mary (O'Connor) Whetson. She grew up in Morton, attended Morton schools and graduated from Morton High School in 1946.
Gertrude was married on Oct. 28, 1947, in Morton to Royce K. Holzerland. Following their marriage the couple moved to a farm in rural Stewartville, where they raised their family, farmed for many years and lived for more than 65 years, before moving to Rochester in 2011.
Gert was a homemaker and farmwife and was known to be an expert seamstress who could sew anything from bridesmaid dresses to simple alterations. Royce was a lifelong farmer and was a sales representative for Pioneer Seeds for many years.
Mr. Holzerland died on June 27, 2014. Gert then moved to Root River Estates in Stewartville. She was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church and was active in its ladies aid activities. The Holzerlands enjoyed traveling, including trips overseas and across the U.S. in a motorhome and also liked square dancing.
Gert kept a large garden and canned. She enjoyed baking and cooking, knitting and crocheting, liked to collect bird figurines and followed the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and high school basketball. She was known for her ready smile and many in her extended family looked to her for motherly advice. She enjoyed time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gert is survived by her son, Larry (Marilyn) of Mound; daughter, Janet Holzerland of Rochester; three grandchildren, Andrew (Ali) Holzerland, Bradley (Megan) Holzerland and Charles (Kelly) Holzerland; four great-grandchildren, Grayson, Owen, Grant and Scarlet: a brother, Francis "Mike" Whetson of Lake Lillian, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Royce, and son, Greg, her parents; two sisters, Charlotte "Chuck" Christenson, Margaret "Marmie" Latcham, and three brothers, Bernard "Bud" Whetson, Vince Whetson and James Whetson.
A time of visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Mrs. Holzerland are welcome at

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