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Colleen Octavia (Kort) Hohlen

April 20, 1930 — November 25, 2022

Hastings, Nebraska

Colleen Octavia (Kort) Hohlen


Hastings resident, Colleen Octavia Kort Hohlen, 92, went to be with her Lord on Friday, November 25, 2022. 

Services will be Friday, December 2, at 10:30 A.M. at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings with Pastor Joel Remmers officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hastings, Nebraska. Visitation will be Thursday, December 1, 1 – 7 P.M., with family present from 5 - 7 P.M.  at Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home, and 1 hour prior to the service at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home’s website. To view the service, go to Colleen’s obituary and click the play button shown towards the bottom of the page.  Memorials may be given to First St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Colleen was born on April 20, 1930, in Hastings, Nebraska to Fred and Octavia (Hasebrook) Kort. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Hill. Colleen attended Ayr School for her first 6 years and Lutheran Parochial School in Blue Hill in her 7th and 8th grades. She graduated from Ayr  High School in 1947. She worked at Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Co. in Hastings as a telephone operator, “Number Please”. Colleen married her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Elmer William Hohlen, July 23, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran in Blue Hill.  They lived on the Hohlen farm north of Hastings.  They were blessed with 7 children. In 1992  they moved into Hastings.  Elmer continued to help at the farm.

Colleen was a homemaker and a loving wife and mother and loved and enjoyed all of her 7 children and spouses, 16 grandchildren and spouses, and 19+ great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed cooking for family and others, square dancing, traveling, and making quilts.  She was also involved in Church and Community Activities.  She was a member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for many years and worked on several committees. She also volunteered at the Pantry, Mary Lanning Hospital, and enjoyed visiting the homebound.

Colleen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; brother, Douglas (June) Kort; sister, Arelyn (Bill) Cumberland; sisters-in-law LaVona and Betty Kort; brother-in-law Walter Peterson and in-laws, William & Clara Hohlen.

Survivors include:

Children & Spouses :

    Thomas & Patricia Hohlen - Hastings, NE
    John & Lynn Hohlen - Juniata, NE
    Judith & Lamoine Leonhardt - Hastings, NE
    Ronnie & Dena Hohlen - Hastings, NE
    Vicki & Eric Neuman - Cheyenne, WY
    Connie & Mitch Stark - Hastings, NE
    Stacy & Noal Schinzel - Omaha, NE

Grandchildren & Spouses:

    Dr. Todd & Stephanie Hohlen
    Heidi Hohlen
    Amy & Tony Fast
    Dr. Brian & Sarah Hohlen
    Carrie & Sam Cook
    Kevin Hohlen
    Michelle & Todd Olsen
    Kelly & Aaron O'Donnell
    Kelsey & Drew Wergen
    Tanner Hohlen
    Matthew Neuman
    Drew & Lindsey Stark
    Logan Stark
    Lindsey  & Adam Bialas
    Riley Schinzel
    Clare Schinzel

: 19+

Eugene Kort



    LaMerle Peterson

    Sheryl (Darryl) Bettencourt

Many other relatives, nieces, nephews, friends, cousins. 

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Colleen Octavia (Kort) Hohlen, please visit our flower store.

Past Services


Thursday, December 1, 2022

1:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center

1225 N Elm Ave, Hastings, NE 68901

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Funeral Service

Friday, December 2, 2022

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

First St. Paul's Lutheran Church

501 N Burlington Ave, Hastings, NE 68901


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