Gertrude Martha Holterman (1888-1938)

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Gertrude Martha Holterman
Trudy,Joanne Howse,John.jpg
Trudy, John & Joanne
Born: 1888 Stettin, Freuenstrasse, Germany
Died: 25 Nov 1938 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Siblings: Gertrude Martha Holterman
Max Holterman
Arthur Holterman
Spouse: (1) Mr. Jedjujeski
Married: 12 Dec 1929 Riesenburg, WP, Germany
Spouse: (2) Johann Adolph Chudobba
Married: 12 Dec 1929 Riesenberg, Germany

Gertrude Martha Holterman was born about 1888 of Stettin, Germany.

She married Johann Adolph Chudobba on the 12th of December 1929 at Riesenburg, Germany as Gertrude Martha Jejujeski so she must have been married before.

Gertrude, or "Trudy", was a professional seamstress. A small photo album belonging to her, had the pictures of many actors and actresses. We believe she created the costumes for them. Gertrude Howse also said that Trudy was a concert violinist. Leaving her home, country and family for a man who was mourning his first wife and children who did not want to accept a replacement for their mother must have been a difficult situation for her.

Gertrude Catob said that she would simply find pictures of dresses that she liked, show them to Trudy and Trudy would make them. Gertrude's graduation picture shows her wearing one of those creations. Trudy became a mother and grandmother to this little family.

Trudy died 25 November 1938 in Harbor Springs, Michigan. She is buried at the Lakeview Cemetery in Harbor Springs.

Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs


Harbor Light, Nov 1938:


Funeral rites were held on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock for Mrs. John Catob, at the family home on Spring street. Rec. Arthur Chuickshank of the Presbyterian church of which she was a member had charge of the services.

Born Getrude Holterman, she lived in Germany until eight years ago when she was married to John Catob, of Harbor Springs, who was making an extended visit in Germany at that time. The ceremony was performed on December 12.

Mrs. Catob was 50 years old and her death was attributed to a stroke, which came at 10 o'clock on Thursday evening, November 24. She passed away at 6 o'clock the following morning.

Following the rites at the house interment was made in Lake View cemetery and the bearers were Jerome Hovey, Stanley Wager, Dr. F. A. Graham, William Rosemeier, Glenn M. Jardine and Paul Rosemeier.

Mrs. Catob leaves, besides the husband, four stepchildren, Karl Catob, and Miss Helene Catob, of Philadelphia, Pa.; Mrs. Irvin Barlass, of Chicago, and Mrs. Clifford Howse, of this city; and two brothers, Max Holterman, who lives in England and Arthur Holterman, a resident in Stetin, Germany. Coming to attend the services were Mr. and Mrs. Karl Catob and family; Mrs. Barlass and daughter, June Helene; Mrs. Johanna Buettner and Miss Louise Schwertfeger, of Petoskey.


  • Source: Howse, Joanne Marie Heinz. Howse Best-Mar26,2005.paf file
  • Marriage: Family Records of John Catob
  • 1930 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
Catob, John A.
, Gertrude M., wife, female, white, 41, married at 40, Ger, Ger, Ger, speaks German
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
CATOB, Gertrude Martha
Date of Death: 11/25/1938
Liber: 5
Folio: 151
Place of Death: Harbor Springs
Catob, Gertrude Martha,
died: Nov 25, 1938
Sec: J Lot-18