FT. LAUDERDALE -- Rudolph W. Holbus, age 92, passed away Monday July 20, 2009, at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Rudolph was born in Racine on September 11, 1916, son of the late Martin and Caroline (nee: Haluska) Holbus.
He attended William Horlick High School, Racine Vocational School and Civilian Conservation Corps. During World War II, Rudy proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Rudy was united in marriage to Virginia Mary Smith on November 9, 1946, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on October 24, 2004. He was self-employed for many years as a home builder and was last employed with the State of Wisconsin as a real estate assessor until his retirement in 1981. Rudy enjoyed his winters in Ft. Lauderdale with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his children, Mary Virginia (Charles) Daceno of Racine, Margaret Rose (Joseph) Conway of Waukesha, Constance (Charles) Hunn of Phoenix, AZ, Thomas (Emma) Holbus of Racine, Christopher (Darryl Ann) Holbus of Cadott, WI, Victoria Holbus of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Philip (Jennifer) Holbus of Milford, CT, Miriam (Mark) Delvaux of Lake Worth, FL, Jerome (Hana) Holbus of Milwaukee; son-in-law, Richard (Marilyn) Slesar of Franksville; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank Holbus of Greendale, Edward Holbus, Joseph (Jean) Holbus, all of Racine; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dr. Lawrence (Mary) Smith, Rose Mary Werner Kranick of Racine, Steve Konsin of Winter Haven, FL, Ann (Jim) Jahns of West Virginia; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Rudy was also preceded in death by his son Randolph (Mary) Holbus, daughter Rosemary Slesar; sisters, Betty Rahberger, Ann Holbus, Sue Holbus and two brothers, John and Martin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., on Friday, July 24, 2009, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Allen Bratkowski and Rev. Brian Holbus concelebrating. Private interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888