Cleo J. (Green) Holtberg

Born: Mon., Oct. 4, 1948
Died: Fri., Mar. 24, 2017


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 31, 2017
Location: Indherred Lutheran Church

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Fri., Mar. 31, 2017
Location: Indherred Lutheran Church

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Cleo J. Holtberg, age 68, of Glenwood, died Friday, March 24, 2017 at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, March 31st at Indherred Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck, with Pastor Paul Johnson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place at a later date in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin- Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

Cleo J. Green, daughter of Jack and Alice (Mix) Green, was born on October 4, 1948, in Ely, Nevada. She grew up on a farm near Leader, MN, where she and her family were members of Leader Lutheran Church. As a young girl, she attended school in Swan Valley and at Leader Country School before graduating from Motley High School. Cleo went on to further her education at Wadena Technical School, where she earned a degree in cosmetology.

On May 18, 1969, Cleo was united in marriage to Mark Holtberg at Glenwood Lutheran Church. The couple first made their home in Glenwood, where Cleo was employed at Glenwood Retirement Village in the dietary department for 40 years. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Nancy, Shelly, and Kayla.

In 1974, Cleo and Mark moved to their current home in rural Glenwood. There Cleo raised vegetable and flower gardens and enjoyed watching the wildlife and birds. She also enjoyed reading, canning the produce she raised, as well as making homemade wine and baking. She was an avid quilter and a member and officer of Lakes Area Quilters in Alexandria and Bit’s and Pieces Quilting in Starbuck. Over the years Cleo lovingly made and shared her quilts with family and friends.

Cleo will be remembered for her ability to make people feel valued and loved. She so enjoyed the time she got to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, creating many special memories that each of them will always hold dear.

Cleo was diagnosed with cancer in February of 2017. She died on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the St. Cloud Hospital, surrounded by her family. Blessed be her memory.

Cleo is survived by her husband of nearly 48 years, Mark Holtberg of Glenwood; their three daughters, Nancy (Mike) McShane of Albertville, Shelly (Scott) Anderson of Hoffman, and Kayla (Mike) Sorlie of Alexandria; five grandchildren, Eden Sorlie, Colin Anderson, Vienna (John) Hansen, Sierra Hastings, and Whitney McShane; two great-grandchildren, Madison Price and Sawyer Hansen; a sister, Mary (Robert) Smith; and two brothers, Ed (Colleen) Shequen and Harold Shequen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack Green and Alice Mix Shequen, two brothers, Roger Shequen and Myron Green.

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Janet Houle
   Posted Sat March 25, 2017
Dear Holtberg Family, I am a friend of Cleo's from Lakes Area Quilters and have had the pleasure of knowing her over the past several years. What a joy filled lady she was! Always quick to smile and laugh and greet all with her friendly open warmth. I will miss her and be thankful I had the opportunity to spend a little time with her. My prayers are going up for you all.

Heather Thormodson
   Posted Sun March 26, 2017
Dear Holtberg Family,

I'm one of your mom's quilting friends from the Lakes Area Quilt Guild in Alexandria. So sorry for your loss. Cleo was the kind of lady that was judgement free of my quilting and I could tell also of how folks were viewed. She was a great lady! She was very organized and folks were always quick to sign up to bring treats whenever your mom asked. Her gentle reminders were always appreciated and have bailed me out many a times. I found your mom to be the kind of gal that was quick with a warm and sincere smile, slow to pass judgement and constant with praise towards others. May your find strength now in the comfort of your family and friends with God's loving arms wrapped around you all.

Steadfast in stitching and friendship,

Heather Thormodson

Linda Huebner
   Posted Mon March 27, 2017
Our hearts and prayers are with the members of Cleo's family and friends. I knew her through Lakes Area Quilters. The memory I will carry is that Cleo was always smiling and cheerful. She was a joy to visit with. She will be missed by all of her family and friends. Our sincere sympathy as you face this grief. Linda and Glen Huebner

Kaye Zebarth
   Posted Mon March 27, 2017
My sincere sympathy to the Holtberg family. I always enjoyed visiting with Cleo when she would come to Common Threads Quilt Shop. She was a joy to know.

The Loney Family
   Posted Mon March 27, 2017
Cleo you will be truly missed. We love you and know you are now out of pain. We will be together again someday.

Kathy (Scliesman) EStwick
   Posted Mon March 27, 2017
Mark and family, my prayers are with you and your family. May God give you strength and lovely memories to share during this trying time.

Tobi & Jerry Stein
   Posted Wed March 29, 2017
Mark and family, As I read the previous messages, I can only reaffirm everything that others have said about Cleo - what a wonderful, patient and kind lady. Her understanding smile and quiet and peaceful demeanor spoke volumes of the gentle spirit that touched the lives of so many. She will be missed and we wish God's healing on all of you - cherish the memories. Tobi & Jerry Stein

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