Lake View Funeral Home & Lake View Memorial Gardens

5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL



November 27, 1930October 29, 2017

Gertrude C., nee Vosholler, Holtgrave, 86, of Fairview Heights, IL, born November 27, 1930 in Highland, IL, passed away October 29, 2017 in Swansea, IL.

Mrs. Holtgrave was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church where she served on St. Ann's Altar Society. For over 20 years she worked faithfully in the cafeteria at Pontiac Jr. High school. Above all, she was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Charles Holtgrave; a son, Dale Holtgrave; her parents, Ted C. and Elizabeth C., nee Dickmann, Vosholler; two brothers, Andrew Vosholler and Paul Vosholler; and a sister, Sophie Santel.

She is survived by a son, Gary (Kathy) Holtgrave; a daughter, Doris (Morris) Grotsky; six grandchildren, Scott (Angie) Grotsky, Matt Grotsky, Valerie Hancock, Marlaina (Phillip) Cleveland, Rachel (Brandon) Smiley, and Jeanine Holtgrave; seven great-grandchildren, Hannah Grotsky, Noah Grotsky, Kaylee Grotsky, Alyssa Grotsky, Charlie Hancock, Connor Cleveland, and Finn Cleveland; a brother, Ted (Joann) Vosholler; a sister, Rita Pierce; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Memorials in her name may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or in the form of masses at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed online at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N. Illinois, Fairview Heights, IL.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL, with Fr. Jim Nall officiating. Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 2, 2017



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Joyce Timmermann

November 3, 2017

Doris and Gary,
You have my sympathy for the passing of your mother. I'm sorry I didn't make it to the wake, it was my first class for piecing quilts. I remember how she used to say, she liked coming to Breese to go to the Ben Franklin store, she could always find something there. You had 2 really nice parents, always easy to talk to. Take care, Joyce Timmermann

Rita Pierce

November 2, 2017

Besides just her the great advice she always gave me!!