January 3, 2013


FEB. 18, 1927 — JAN. 2, 2013

OSKALOOSA — Mary J. Hols, 85, of Oskaloosa, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab in Oskaloosa.

She was born Friday, Feb. 18, 1927, in Searsboro, the daughter of Arie and Georgia Rinehart Vander Linden. She graduated from the Oskaloosa Senior High with the class of 1945. Mary then attended Iowa Lutheran Hospital Nursing School and graduated from there in 1949 with her R.N. degree. On Oct. 18, 1953, she was united in marriage to Lester Wayne Hols at Nashua, and they later divorced. She worked as the public health nurse in Oskaloosa for several years until moving to Colorado Springs. Mary then worked at hospitals in the Colorado Springs, Washington state, and at Mahaska County Hospital. Lastly, Mary worked as the school nurse in Montezuma for 9 years until her retirement in 1992. In 2001, she moved back to Oskaloosa. Mary enjoyed sewing, quilting, drawing, fishing and attending family gatherings.

Mary is survived by 2 sons: Carl Hols (and friend Stacey Jones), of Tama, and Terry D. Hols, of League City, Texas; 3 daughters: Christine K. (and Mike) Fiscus, of Hendersonville, Tenn., Marcia J. (and Steve) Roozeboom, of Oskaloosa, and Joanna L. (and Brad) Van Baale, of Monroe; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers: Donald (and Joyce) Vander Linden, of Prescott, Ariz., Kenneth (and Marcia) Vander Linden, of Bloomington, Ind., and “Bill” William (and Ann) Vander Linden, of Fairview, Tenn.; 4 sisters: Ethel Mattox, of El Cajon, Calif., Dorothy (and Roy) Moore, of Fremont, Martha Durham, of Littleton, Colo., and Alice Howard, of Lakewood, N.J..

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers: Garrett, Charles, and Eugene Vander Linden; 3 brothers-in-law: Melvin Durham, Keith Mattox, and Bruce Howard; and a sister-in-law: Virginia Vander Linden.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m. at Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Minister Mark Doland officiating. Burial will be in West Liberty Cemetery near Montezuma. Visitation will begin Friday after 11 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be present at the funeral chapel Friday from 5:30 – 7 p.m. to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to Midwest Bible Camp, Imagine the Possibilities, or Iowa Public Television.

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