Edith E. Ehrich Holler, 94, of Cherokee, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2013, at Char-Mac Assisted Living Center in Lawton, Iowa.
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted by Rev. Magrey deVega at 10:30 AM on Monday, March 4, 2013, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cherokee under the direction of Boothby Funeral Home with interment at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Visitation will be Sunday, March 3 from 11:00 AM til 6:00 PM, with family present from 2:00 to 4:00 at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
Edie was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 23, 1918, the only child of Lloyd O’Neal and Mabelle (Hoyt) O’Neal. She lived almost her entire life in Cherokee, graduating from Wilson High School in 1937. Following high school graduation she lived in Washington, DC, for a year with her uncle and aunt, Max and Agatha Hoyt, where she worked as a secretary. She returned to Cherokee in 1938 and married Ronald H. Ehrich on June 26, 1938, in the parsonage of the Methodist Church in Cherokee. Three sons, Richard, Neal and Bruce, were born to Ron and Edie. A second marriage to Alvin G. Holler took place on April 3, 1970. While raising her family, she taught Sunday school for more than 12 years at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, served as Cub Scout den mother and was active in Cherokee’s DAR Chapter. Edie also worked as a secretary/receptionist for the Cherokee County office of the Iowa Department of Social Services from 1962-1982, retiring after 20 years of service to the State. Following her retirement she continued her numerous lifelong friendships with a wide variety of friends, her love of entertaining as hostess in her home, traveling, playing bridge and spending time doing volunteer service at local nursing homes, Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, in addition to spending as much time as possible with her sons and grandchildren.
She is survived by son Richard Ehrich and his wife, Sherri, of Green Valley, AZ; son Neal Ehrich and his wife, Sandy, of South Sioux City, NE; grandchildren Steven Ehrich and wife Teri of Scranton, IA; granddaughter Tammy Womochil of Cedar Rapids, IA; grandson Dr. Thomas Ehrich and wife Jayati Sen of St. Louis, MO; and grandson Jack Ehrich and fiancé Ranee Hall of South Sioux City, NE. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Michael Ehrich, James Ehrich, Devin Womochil, Jordan Womochil, Sophia Sen Ehrich and Kiran Ehrich.
She was preceded in death by her second husband, Alvin Holler, in 1972, by former husband Ronald Ehrich in 2000, and by son Bruce Ehrich in 2005. Memorials may be directed either to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cherokee or to the family on behalf of St. Paul’s.