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.
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
Amy & Tony Fast
Dr. Brian & Sarah Hohlen
Carrie & Sam Cook
Michelle & Todd Olsen
Kelly & Aaron O'Donnell
Kelsey & Drew Wergen
Drew & Lindsey Stark
Lindsey & Adam Bialas
Sheryl (Darryl) Bettencourt
Many other relatives, nieces, nephews, friends, cousins.