Laura E. Hollman (86) of St. Peter


Published on January 26 2013 11:58 pm

Laura E. Hollmann, 86, of St. Peter went to her Heavenly home on Friday, January 25th, 2013. She died peacefully at home just 5 months after losing her husband and the love of her life, Erwin.

Laura was born on March 23, 1926 to Arthur and Bertha (Berg) Mercier in Effingham County, IL. On Oct. 19, 1947, Laura was united in Holy Matrimony to Erwin Hollmann in St. Peter Lutheran Church with Reverend F.J. Duecker, officiating. The Lord blessed them with the gift of 3 sons and a daughter and 64 years of marriage together. Erwin preceded her in death on August 12th, 2012. Laura was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where she volunteered as a braille worker and made quilts for mission work. She had worked as a live-in housekeeper for Dr. and Mrs. Miller Greer in Vandalia before marriage and continued as a housekeeper and caretaker for Mrs. Greer, while raising her own four children. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers and her chickens, she was well known for baking delicious pastries but most importantly she loved and took great pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who lovingly called her, “Grandma La-La”.

Laura is survived by three sons, David (Dolli) Hollmann of Fort Wayne, IN, Ron (Sara) Hollmann of Vandalia, Jim (Kay) Hollmann of Quincy; one daughter, Vickie Sloan of Humboldt; five grandchildren, Reverend Josh (Amie) Hollmann of Jackson Heights, NY, Adam (Nicole) Hollmann of Berkley, MI, Craig Hollmann of Quincy, Kelly (RJ) Plas of Lincoln, NE, and Justin Sloan of Charleston; four great-grandchildren, Elijah Hollmann of Jackson Heights, NY, James and Avery Hollmann of Berkley, MI, and Samantha, Emily and Andrew Plas of Lincoln, NE; brother-in-law, Bill Stine and sister-in-law, Doris Mercier and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Harry Mercier; her sister, Helen Stine; brother-in-law, Walter Reiss and sister-in-law, Irma Reiss.

Funeral services officiated by Rev. William Emrick will be 11 AM Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, St. Peter with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 PM Tuesday at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter and 1 hour at church prior to service time. Memorials are requested to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Hour ministries, St. Peter Cancer Support Group or donor’s choice.