Margaret Louise Hollman

Margaret Louise Hollman, age 94, of Friendship, Wisconsin passed away September 15, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her bother George Lahm and by her cherished husband Donald Hollman on August 18, 2017.

She was born on March 24, 1923, to Adam and Olive (Brown) Lahm above Miss Manthey’s Hat Shop on Main Street in Adams, Wisconsin. She graduated from Adams Friendship High School in 1941 where she played French horn and was the Junior Prom Queen. Margaret then attended and graduated from Mount Saini School of Nursing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1944. She wanted to enter the service with many of her classmates but the weight restriction required that you weigh a minimum of 100 pounds and Margaret only weighed 98 pounds. So, she remained at Mount Saini where she worked in OB and taught nurses aids.

On December 5, 1945, Margaret married her high school sweetheart, Donald and celebrated 71 years together. They moved to Badger Village where Donald attended Law School and Margaret worked as an RN at University Hospital. Their first child Donnette was born on September 24, 1946. When Donald graduated from UW Law School, they moved back home to Friendship where Donald opened his Law practice. Their second daughter Connie was born December 17, 1951.

Margaret enjoyed volunteering for many community services including the American Legion Auxiliary, Mound View Hospital Auxiliary, Lutheran Church Ladies Aid, and the Friendship Brownie Leader for many years. She worked tirelessly alongside Donald during the 1957 Friendship Centennial to earn funds for the first hospital in Adams County.

Maintaining her Nursing career, Margaret delivered babies with Dr. Ingersol during the 1950’s as well as assisting doctors in the Adams County Immunization Program for all children living in the county. The yearly event was held in the courtroom of the Adams County Court House. She always remembered that whooping cough cost 15 cents and smallpox cost 25 cents.

In 1956 The Hollman’s built a home on Friendship Lake using wood that they harvested from one of their tree plantations. You would hear her tell that she would never touch another can of stain or varnish. Their new home provided the perfect place for parties. Every year she would host Donnette and Connie’s sledding parties for their classmates, furnishing hot chocolate and homemade cookies.

As family life evolved, flying became the main mode of transportation. She was urged to get her pilots license so that if anything happened to Donald she was able to navigate and land safely. In 1967 she passed her written and flight test with great fanfare from family and friends. She became an active member of the Wisconsin 99’s, a membership that Emelia Earhart started for all women pilots.

Margaret is survived by 2 daughters, Donnette (Steve Behar) of Delavan, Wisconsin, Connie (Robert Meyer) of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, 2 grandchildren, Andrew Meyer (Lisa) of Arlington, Washington and Amanda Meyer of Waukesha, Wisconsin. She is further survived by 2 great-grandchildren, Jack Hollman Meyer and Cora Jean Meyer of Arlington, Washington.

Memorial services for both Donald and Margaret Hollman will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. Rev. John K. Stake will officiate. Interment with Military Honors will be at the Mt. Repose Cemetery, Friendship. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home.  A Masonic service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will also be on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

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  1. Michael and Barbara Lowe says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you on the passing of Margaret and Don. They were very special people who will be missed greatly by us too.

  2. Michael and Barbara Lowe says:

    Donnette and Connie’
    You are so blessed to have parents like yours. They will be missed immensely by those who knew them.

  3. Gary & Carlette-Rhea (Hanke) Machan says:

    Connie & Donnette and Families,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your Mom and Dad. May all your treasured memories be of comfort at this difficult time. What a great legacy!
    With Deepest and Heartfelt Sympathy,
    Gary & Carlette-Rhea and family

  4. Christian Johnson says:

    Dear Connie, Donette and Family,
    On behalf of the Johnson’s of Wisconsin Rapids we wish to extend our deepest condolences at the passing of Don and Margarette.
    They were one of our dearest and oldest of friends. When my father arrived to Friendship to practice medicine in 1958, it was Don and Margarette who befriended our family first. They made us feel welcome and wanted. My father and mother formed a great relationship with Don and Margarette based upon mutual values, similar backgrounds and a great respect for each other’s intellect and humanity. Don and Margarette always reserved New Year’s Eve to have dinner with the Johnson’s and bring in the New Year, it was a always great fun and a warm reverence and testimony to their friendship. Their friendship was enduring and steadfast, for which we are eternally grateful. They were the embodiment of Friendship.
    “Never send to know for whom the Bell tolls”…we are the lessor at their passing.
    May their memories be for a blessing.
    With Deepest Regrets and Fondest Memories,
    The Johnson’s

  5. Denise (Wood)Andrews & Bob says:

    Dear Donette & Connie,
    I wish to extend my families sincere sympathy in the loss of your parents. How I remember those sledding and skating parties and your dad would always check the ice to make sure it was safe for all of us. I remember your mom giving shots too. They had many wonderful years together and your dad will always be remembered as the attorney to go to. May our savior comfort you both at this time.

  6. Sue Buhr says:

    Truely a very special family and mother. My deepest sympathies to the family. May you be comforted at this time that they are forever together. They were a very special loving couple. Happy to have gotten to know them

  7. Sue Polivka says:

    Dear Donette and Connie, my sincere condolences to you and your families
    On the loss of your mom and dad.
    They were a wonderful and giving couple who loved life to it’s fullest and treasured the two of you and your families.
    May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories you have and in the knowledge that they are together once more.
    I will miss them both!
    With Deepest Sympathy ,
    Sue Polivka and family

  8. Allan Klaus says:

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of your parents. They were true pillars of our community and will be missed by all who knew them. I’m glad I got to spend some time talking to your Dad a year ago at the golf course for our 50th year celebration. As always, he was very outgoing and promised to come back for the 100th anniversary. I was not aware that your Dad wrote a book, but a few months ago my grandson, Keaton, brought me “Depression Donnie”. I very much enjoyed his stories about growing up in Friendship.
    I wanted you to know that I have been thinking of you these last few weeks, I know that this couldn’t have been easy.

  9. Bonnie Nachreiner says:

    Donnette and Connie,
    Your mother and father were such pillars of the community here in Adams-Friendship. My fondest memories are of working at Adams County Memorial Hospital with your mom – she was so kind, compassionate and fun! My prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. They are together now – rest in peace.

  10. Sandy L Bandt says:

    Additionally, you may just have helped deliver me, along with Dr. Ingersoll in the Adams clinic. What a small world!

  11. Sandy L Bandt says:

    I didn’t know you well, but I knew Barbara Kappel, and I believe you are related to me. I’m so sorry for this double loss. Both she and her husband within 6 weeks. Well, they are together again.

  12. Dennis M. McFarlin says:

    Donnette & Connie,

    We will all really miss both of your parents. They contributed so much to the community.

  13. Randy and Nona Johnson says:

    Connie and Bob, Our sincere condolences. Nona and I got to visit with Don and Margaret last summer in the screen porch, Don gave me his recipe for “South of the Border” ice tea. We certainly will miss them, our thoughts are with your family.

  14. Cheryl Hollman Theis says:

    My sympathy to your family. As a child I remember my grandparents (Albert and Eva Hollman) taking me to visit your mom and dad. I spent many summers in Adams/Friendship and we went on car rides everyday visiting family. My Grandpa Albert would even stop by your dads law office to say hi and whenever we stopped at your parents house your mom always had a treat for me! Lovely people. Cheryl Hollman Theis, daughter of Robert Hollman.

  15. Peg & Loren Lecy says:

    May God, family and friends comfort you. Margaret and Don are together

  16. Susan Moran says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  17. June Traver Schoff says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Hugs n prayers for family n friends.

  18. Andrea LaValle says:

    Donnette and Connie,
    My sincere condolences to you and your families on the passing of both your Mom and Dad… They are together again and will be for eternity. Both will be greatly missed by the Adams-Friendship community.

  19. Don and Karen Rathke Hartwig says:

    Such a wonderful person..remember the birthday parties…..Such a sweet person and shall be missed. I now live in Az. unable to attend the service. Hugs and prayers.

  20. Judy Allen says:

    May your memories comfort you all, and knowing Mom and Dad are together help you through your loss. It is a beautiful Love stoty. May God bless you all. Judy&Dennis Allen

  21. From Rog and Ellen Chambers. says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family in the loss of a lovely family member. She will be missed. Our thought and love to the family.

  22. Valerie Mecklenurg-Holland says:

    Sorry for your loss, she was a beautiful person…loved by many and will be missed.