Funeral Services: Will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle, Iowa, at 1:00 p.m. with private family burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. Pastor Steven Broers will officiate the service. The Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of the professional arrangements.
Open Visitation Without the Family Present: Will be held on Monday, February 7, 2022, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Family Visitation with Coffee and Rolls: The family will greet friends on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Memorials: May be directed to the Linda Hohertz Memorial Fund to be established by the family at a later date.
Linda Lucille Hohertz was born June 4, 1939, the daughter of William and Lucille (Martin) Cox in Des Moines, Iowa. She passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at the Greenfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center at the age of 82.
At an early age her family lived in Sheldahl and then moved to Johnston where she graduated from Johnston High School in 1957. She was honored to be the Johnston Homecoming queen her senior year. She worked at Bell Telephone after high school. On November 19, 1961, she was united in marriage to Larry D. Hohertz. To this union four children were born: Tracey, Jane, Bill and Jon. She became a farm wife and loved her flowers, cooking, baking, working in her garden and canning her rewards of many vegetables, and freezing many quarts of sweet corn every year for years. It was family affair in the sweet corn season.
At a young age she became a great horse lover. Her first horse, Mandy, that her father gave her was the love of her life. She would ride that horse into the sunrise and sometimes a little too late past sunset, where we hear stories she may had been in a little trouble. She loved her animals and the farm.
Her most loves were all of her grandchildren. Every grandchild had a special memory with Grandma Linda – teaching them how to drive on the gravel roads for the first time, many hours of fishing at her pond, playing in the snow and making Grandma go to the top of the pile while they took her picture as “Queen” of the hill, baking in her kitchen, playing in the basement and having tea parties, dressing up in her old dresses, bobbing for apples, feeding her kitty’s, and helping her give her horse Jackie sugar cubes for a treat are just a few to mention.
Holidays were her specialty, Christmas especially. She loved when all her kids came to the farm with her grandchildren to celebrate together so she could cook, entertain and have her house decorated so beautifully inside and out. Many of you will remember her Christmas lights she worked so diligently on each year at her home on the hill so everyone could enjoy a little Christmas spirit as they drove by on Highway 25. “I’m sharing my sparkle”, she would tell us.
Everyone looked forward to her 3 meals a day menu. Any hired help that would come make hay throughout the years knew they were going to get a full fledge meal for dinner from Linda. Her nephews and extended family that would come pheasant hunting every year probably looked forward to the food more than hunting. Her ham balls were the best and she always had them in the freezer ready to pop in the oven. She could throw a casserole together with “a little of this and little of that”, as she would say when asked for the recipe.
She enjoyed attending her children’s school activity events throughout the many years and later enjoyed her grandchildren’s events. She would drop everything if needed to help out her grandchildren.
She was blessed to be able to meet her first great grand-daughter, Piper Ann, who was born on March 17, 2021.
She was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was active in the Circle Groups at church and volunteered her time to serve many church functions, including Alter Guild. She was a 4-H leader and volunteered many hours to the Adair County Fair. She enjoyed one day a week with her TOPS friends to meet, weigh in and go out for coffee and sweets afterwards! J
She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Don and Florence Hohertz; two brothers-in-law, Richard Garland and Chancey Black, and many aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Hohertz of Greenfield; two daughters, Tracey Finch (Mark) of Kelley, Iowa and Jane Parker, (David) of Anamosa; two sons, Bill Hohertz of Greenfield and Jon Hohertz (Theresa) of Earlham; 10 grandchildren, Carson and Connor Finch, Josh Parker (Amanda), Zachery Parker, Sidney and Clay Hohertz; Kaylee, Courtney, Kara and Carter Hohertz; and two great grandchildren, Jaxson and Piper Ann; sister, Carol Garland of Johnston; brother, Richard Cox (Jody) of Windsor Heights; sister-in-law, Sharon Black (Donald Kacer) of Clive; cousins, nieces, nephews and many great friends.
The Hohertz Family wants to give a big “THANK YOU” to the Greenfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for the great care they gave to Mom throughout her stay at her home away from home for many years. We knew how much they loved her by all the kind words the staff would share with us every visit we made. Kindred Hospice, we “THANK YOU” for your amazing caring staff that went up and beyond for Mom when she was getting closer to going home to her Savior ~ God bless you ALL – she is now free and at peace.