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Vicki L. Holdt

August 20, 1938 May 31, 2009
Vicki L. Holdt
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Vicki L. Holdt, 70, resident of Luck, died on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at her residence. Vicki L. Holdt, our beautiful wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend has “won” her courageous battle with cancer. She left this life on May 31, 2009, peacefully in her own home on her own terms surrounded by her loving family. Vicki was born on August 20, 1938, to Victor and Vere Nelson, and grew up in Milltown, WI. She attended and graduated from Milltown High School. Vicki was married to Arlen Holdt on February 18, 1956, in West Denmark Lutheran Church. Together Vicki and Arlen raised three children. They lived in Milltown briefly, but spent the past 46 years in Luck. Vicki was an activist in her community and was instrumental in the creation of the first Kindergarten in Luck, the introduction of fluoride in local drinking water, and the beginning of the Girl Scouts with her friends Bev and Sue. One of her greatest passions, next to her family, were her 20+ years on the ambulance crew for Town and Country Ambulance (now Northland). She was involved in the development of the ambulance service in Luck, served as an EMT, and then as the Crew Chief. Vicki dearly loved her crew members, and some of her fondest memories and best friendships were a result of her work. The ambulance crew began a food pantry that became Vicki’s “baby”. She was always happy to be part of the ambulance Smelt Fry each year, especially the year they earned enough money to purchase the Jaws of Life. She had a long history of volunteerism from teaching Sunday School, volunteering at the Women’s Shelter, working at the Thrift Stores, to working on the Luck Winter Carnival. One of her favorite Winter Carnival stories was the time the St. Paul Winter Carnival Vulcans showered in her basement and accidentally flushed a towel and backed up her sewer. Vicki had a beautiful soul and was filled with a love of life and a wonderful sense of humor. One of her greatest gifts was the ability to make and keep lifelong friendships. One of her greatest joys were her seven grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her. Vicki was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Arlen; her children, Robyn Baron (Joe) of Sauk City, WI, Randy Holdt of Prairie du Sac, WI, Rona Holdt (Dion Hughes) of Minneapolis, MN; seven grandchildren, Lukas and Kassie Baron, Joshua and Jacob Holdt, and Jasper, Ellery and Maren Hughes. She is further survived by her sister, Holly Nockels (Ray); nephews and niece, Adam Nockels and Alysse Nockels (Karl Hacken), Jack Holdt (Amy), Brian Holdt (Marni); and her newest friend and confidante, her cat Cooperman. At Vicki’s request, a graveside service for the immediate family only will be held. A celebration of Vicki’s life will be held on her birthday, August 20, 2009. Vicki had a deep and abiding love for animals. In lieu of flowers, honorariums can be made to any no-kill animal shelter or animal rescue program. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, WI, was entrusted with arrangements.
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