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Myrna Jean (Larson) Buchholtz
December 6, 1929 ~ August 13, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Myrna Jean Buchholtz, 93, of Durand, WI went to heaven on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at the Plum City Care Center. She was born to Albert and Mary (Serum) Larson, at home, on the family farm in Buffalo County on December 6, 1929. She joined five sisters and one brother. Of course, they all called her spoiled since you would always find her being rocked in someone’s arms. In fact, she still enjoyed rocking to this day, and she remained close to her siblings throughout her adult life.
Myrna grew up on the family farm and attended the Oak Hill School through the 8th grade. She also attended church with her family at Lyster Lutheran. Although this was during the depression, Myrna never remembered being hungry.
Following 8th grade, Myrna was hired as a farmer’s wife’s assistant and earned $2.00 each week. She was responsible to purchase her own clothes and shoes. As she approached adulthood, Myrna went to work in a Durand restaurant called, the “Sandwich Shop” and lived with her sister Leone in a rental. Her next employment was a job at the Egg Station where Leone was her boss! Soon after, Myrna moved on to work at the milk plant. One night, Myrna joined her sister and brother-in-law for dinner, and that is where she met her husband, Robert Buchholtz. They were married on February 2, 1949 at Lyster Lutheran Church near Urne. Myrna and Bob were blessed with three sons; David in 1951, Tom in 1953, and Dennis in 1961.
Myrna kept busy raising these three sons. In 1963, with the boys in school, she went to work at the Durand Chippewa Valley Hospital in the dietary department. She worked there for 31 years before retiring. But retirement didn’t keep Myrna from staying busy. She worked at the Senior Center, driving folks to appointments and helping to carer for people in their homes. This became her favorite job, and the one that paid the most!
In her “spare” time, Myrna also stayed active with the Ladies Aide at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Weekends were spent going to horse pulls, baseball games, thrift sales, dances, Friday night fish fry’s, and Sunday drives. Time spent at home included the weekly baking delicious desserts and buns. She was always prepared with her family’s favorite foods whenever the kids or grandchildren would stop in.
Myrna didn’t have the chance to travel far, but she did visit her sisters in Green Bay and Milwaukee. She often went with Bob up to Minong where he would fish and Myrna would “fish” the local garage sales looking for a bargain!
She is survived by her sons, Daniel Buchholtz of Durand, WI and Dennis Buchholtz of Maples, FL; daughter-in-law, Donna Buchholtz of Rice Lake, WI; grandchildren, Tracie (Andy) Esterby, Travis Buchholtz, and James (Heather) Buchholtz; great-grandchildren, Katlyn, Megan, Madyson and Andrea Esterby; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Buchholtz; son, David Buchholtz; parents, Albert and Mary (Serum) Larson; brother, Wayne Larson; sisters; Charlotte (Bud) Wild, Lenore ( Glenn Hagness), Arlene (Merlin) Haglund, Alvina (Walter) Brantner, and Leone Larson. She is also preceded in death by Bob’s parents, brothers, and sister (they were just as close as her own siblings).
A private graveside service was held at Lyster Cemetery in rural Nelson, WI
Goodrich Funeral Home in Durand, WI assisted the family. To express on-line condolences, visit obituaries at www.goodrichfh.com