A memorial service for Lela J. Kottwitz will be held at a later date in Greeley, Colorado. Interment will then be held at the Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
Lela “June” Kottwitz, 93 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on July 10, 2022, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. June was born in Trumbull, Nebraska on June 9, 1929, the youngest of seven children born to John and Jessie (Davis) Patterson. She graduated from Hastings High School, with the class of 1946.
On December 29, 1946, June was united in marriage to Donald Kottwitz. To this union, they were blessed with 7 children.
After moving to Colorado in 1959, Don, June, and family lived in Berthoud, Loveland, Northglenn, Colorado Springs, Ft. Morgan, and Wiggins. June became a foster parent, eventually specializing in children with emotional difficulties. Through the years, June was “Mom” to over 400 children.
After Don retired, the couple made their home in Greeley, Colorado, where they lived for several years. With Don’s passing, June moved to Holdrege, Nebraska to be closer to remaining family.
June enjoyed collecting dolls, making candy for friends and neighbors, cooking for family gatherings and visiting places in Nebraska where she grew up that had special memories for her.
Besides her husband, parents, and siblings, June was preceded in death by, two sons: David Kottwitz and Ricky Kottwitz; one grandson, Mike Sexson; and one great-grandson, Carter Hogen.
June is survived by five children: Sherri Autobee and her husband, Frank of Rogers, AR; Terry Kottwitz and his wife, Carol of McCook, NE, Randy Kottwitz and his wife, Joy of Savannah, TX, Ritch Kottwitz of Holdrege, NE; and James Kottwitz of Loveland, CO. She is also survived by 6 Grandchildren; 16 Great-Grandchildren; and 9 Great-Great Grandchildren; brother-in-law, Roger Kottwitz; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A memorial has been established in Lela’s honor, and kindly suggested to the family for later designation.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at http://www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege and the Stoddard Funeral Home in Greely Colorado are in charge of the arrangements.
A memorial service for Lela J. Kottwitz will be held at a later date in Greeley, Colorado. Interment will then be held at the Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. Lela “June” Kottwitz, 93 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on July 10, 2022, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. June