Tim Langholz


Tim Langholz, 43, of Decorah, died suddenly Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, in Decorah. Memorial Services are today (Thursday, Nov. 6) at 11 a.m. at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah by Rev. Tom Pietz, Rev. Bryan Robertson and Rev. Allen Vik. Friends called from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and also may call an hour prior to the services on Thursday at the church. Organist is Otter Dreaming. Special music is by family friends ("Oh, My Friends"). Instrumentalists are John Goodin and Erik Sessions. Congregational Hymns are "This Is My Father's World" and "Sending You Light."

Timothy Richard "Tim" Langholz was born July 21, 1965, in Postville, the son of Robert E. and Hanna M. (Knappe) Langholz. He was baptized by his father at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, and confirmed at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

On December 2, 1997 Tim was united in marriage to Annette Laitinen in Decorah. This union was blessed with their daughter, Ruby. Tim attended elementary school at MFL Consolidated School in Monona and Edison Elementary in Waterloo. He was a 1983 graduate of Central High School in Waterloo and a 1987 graduate of Luther College in Decorah. Tim developed a love of creating art through pottery and painting and was the owner and operator of Langholz Pottery in Burr Oak. His work was influenced by mentors Peter Deneen of St. Paul, Minn. and Dean Schwarz of Decorah, and has come to be known nationwide through contemporary craft shows, festivals and fairs. Collected by a devoted fan base, Tim's work is known for designs that are dynamic and clean, meticulous and geometric.

Tim was known for his love of the outdoors and spent many hours morel mushroom hunting in the woods, fishing and gardening. He had a passion for building igloos, which attracted many visitors to their yard each winter. Tim was a regular at weekly ultimate frisbee games with friends and frequently initiated road trips to see his favorite musicians perform. Of all his passions, his favorite was family, especially spending time with his daughter, Ruby, doing art projects, making Halloween costumes, May Day baskets and tending their flower garden together.

Tim is survived by his wife, Annette Laitinen of Decorah; his daughter, Ruby Langholz of Decorah; his mother, Hanna Langholz of Decorah; two sisters: Rebecca Hamilton of Wabasha, Minn. and Gail Hudson of Chicago, Ill.; four brothers: John (Flery) Langholz of St. Louis, Mo., James (Jane) Langholz of Decorah, Paul (Anita) Langholz of Clear Lake and Joel (Jocelyn) Langholz of Ashland, Wis.; nieces: Laura Hudson, Angela Hudson, Janna Langholz and Maria Langholz; nephews: Nathan Langholz, Ben Langholz, Sam (Kristin) Langholz, Luke (Krystal) Langholz and Noah Langholz; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Helen and Tom Laitinen of Decorah; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Bill Laitinen of Boise, Idaho, Mary (Ken) Keelan of Boulder, Colo. and Janelle (fiancé James Jones) Laitinen Minneapolis, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Langholz on December 7, 1999.

A memorial trust has been set up on behalf of Annette and Ruby at Viking State Bank & Trust, 321 W. Water Street, Decorah, 52101. Please make checks payable to Betsy Peirce for them. Thank you.