A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Nov. 5, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz, with Fr. Ken Popp officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Pierz.
Josie was born Aug. 10, 1934, to John and Rose (Smith) Otremba. She was the fourth of five children. Her twin brother, Joseph, died in infancy. She attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Little Falls High School. She was united in marriage to Frank Hoheisel, June 9, 1952, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. They raised a family of six children. They lived on the Hoheisel family farm for several years, then moved to Northeast Minneapolis. When they moved back to the Pierz area, they moved to the Otremba family farm. They farmed there for many years until retirement. Josie worked at Munsingwear in Little Falls for many years. In 1991, they moved into Pierz. She baked for the Knotty Pine Restaurant for a time. Josie enjoyed playing cards, gardening, cooking, baking, and doing laundry. She had a special love for her stepdog, Princess. Josephine was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz.
Josie is survived by her sons, Mike (Eileen) Hoheisel of Cushing, Russ (Cathy) Hoheisel of Zimmerman and Paul (special friend Mary Kay) of Pierz; daughters, Rose Schlicting-Kohler of Elk River, Sandy (Bill) Virnig of Hillman and Anna (Gregg) Vait of Pierz; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Leona Otremba of Bloomington, Linda Otremba of Pierz and Joretta Hoheisel of Pierz.
Josie was preceded in death by her husband, Frank (June 14, 2011); sons-in-law, Bob Schlicting and Dan Kohler; sister, Ruth Tschida; brothers, Joseph, Richard and Jim “Poncho” Otremba.
Honorary bearers were Mary Young, Mary Hansmann, Diane Meyer, Lydia Hoheisel, Mary Austin, Marie Otremba, Carolyn Jensen, Helen Larson, Diane Boser and Phylis Schmidtbauer. Casketbearers were her children, Rosi, Mike, Russ, Sandy, Paul and Anna.
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