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Stephen Joseph Von Holtum

July 26, 1971 September 18, 2009
Stephen Joseph Von Holtum
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Obituary for Stephen Joseph Von Holtum

Worthington, MN

     Stephen Joseph Von Holtum, 38, was born on July 26, 1971, in Sioux Falls, SD, the son of David and Mary (Szalewicz) Von Holtum. He grew up in Worthington and attended schools there. Stephen graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in botany.
     Stephen worked at Baxter Pharmaceuticals in Bloomington, ID, as a quality control lab technician. He returned home due to health issues. Stephen was recently employed as a pharmacy technician in Worthington. He was mechanically inclined and enjoyed working on anything that had moving parts. He insisted on a good cup of coffee so he began roasting his own coffee beans. Stephen loved watching basketball, especially the Indiana Hoosiers. He was also a fan of blue grass music and played the banjo. Stephen always found time to play with the dogs and cats at home.
     Stephen and his father, David Von Holtum, died in a car accident on Friday, September 18, 2009, near Round Lake, MN.
     Stephen is survived by his mother, Mary Von Holtum of Worthington, MN; his siblings, Jeffrey (fianceé Jeanne) Von Holtum of Minneapolis, MN, Amy (Keith) Johnson of DeSmet, SD, Julie (Douglas) Haack of Ocheyedan, IA, Kerry Von Holtum of Sioux Falls, SD, Mary Ellen “Molly” (Ehrland) Truitt of Sante Fe, NM, Joseph Von Holtum of Vermillion, SD, and Mitchell Von Holtum of Sioux Falls, SD; his maternal grandmother, Vera Szalewicz, and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, with Father Larry Brixius officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Monday September 21, 2009, at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Second Chance Rescue of Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux Falls Humane Society, Epilepsy Foundation of MN or St. Mary’s Church.

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