DeKalb County Indiana Obituary


Josephine Ann Holdeman
Contributed by
Marlaina Fritz Barr

The Evening Star, Auburn, Indiana,
March 8,1971
(Original in possession)

AUBURN - Mrs. Josephine Ann Holdeman, 79, 211 W. Fourth St., Auburn, died at 7 p.m. Sunday in Dr. Bonnell M. Souder Hospital, Auburn.  She had been hospitalized since Feb.20.

Mrs. Holdeman was known by many Auburn residents for her work in the Y.M.C.A. youth programs.  She took over as director of the Auburn Youth Center at the  Y.M.C.A. Auburn, when it was first opened and organized in July, 1944.  In the fall of 1944 she took Over the Auburn High School social program under Principal Lloyd Miller's suggestion.   She initiated the practice of admitting visiting school students to post-game activities, a new idea at that time for Auburn High School.

At the Y.M.C.A. she initiated the canteen black-outs, high school talent performances.   From 1,300-1,900 paid admissions were common for black-out shows.  Profits from black-outs and the fall fair booth were used to build the outside entrance to the Youth Center.  This gave the youth a separate entranceway from the rest of the Y.M.C.A.  

Mrs. Holdeman organized the Teen-Y Club in 1945 and supervised this club along with the Tri-Hi-Y Club. She is best remembered by boys for her "bean-less bean feeds."  These were held every Saturday noon following gym classes and other recreation programs.  Her sloppy joes were especially famous.

Her greatest contribution to the community was her counseling with the young people at the Y.  She worked in Y.M.C.A. youth programs for 15 years.

Mrs. Holdeman was born Oct. 10, 1891 near David City, NE.  She moved to Kearney, NE., where she took teacher's training at Kearney State College, majoring in Art.  She taught one year in Gothenburg, NE.., and two years in Colorado.   The next
year she did not teach and married Gene Holdeman April 11, 1915 in Kearney, NE.  They moved to Auburn in 1942 and have resided at 211 W. Fourth St. since then.

Mrs. Holdeman was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Auburn.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Robert, Auburn and James, Denver, CO; a daughter, Mrs. Jo Ann Fritz, Houston,
TX.; two brothers, Mark Bolin, Gibbon, NE  and  John Bolin, Omaha, NE;; three sisters, Myrtle, CA.; Mrs Esther Randall, Gibbon, NE.; and Mrs. Juanita Nickerson, Mankato, MI; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a great-grandson.  Two brothers and a son, Richard, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel at First Presbyterian Church, Auburn, at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the
Rev. William Heimach officiating.  Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn.

Friends may call at the Gerig Funeral Home, Auburn, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.  The body will lie in state at the church from noon Wednesday until time of service.



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