Jean Marie Holm, age 86, of Dassel, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at her home.
She was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Litchfield. Jean grew up in Litchfield, where she was baptized and confirmed at St. Philip’s Catholic Church.
She attended Litchfield High School, graduating in 1950.
Jean was united in marriage to John Holm July 26, 1958. The couple made their home on a farm south of Dassel, and raised five children. Jean loved helping on the farm.
Together, they also managed Collinwood Mutual Insurance Company, and Jean was later an agent and board member of Crow River Mutual Insurance Company.
Jean was a member of TOPS, served as a 4-H leader when her children were young, and was a longtime member of the Meeker County Fair Board. She was an avid card player and enjoyed getting together with her Golden Age Card Club. She was also a Senior Expo Volunteer.
Jean had volunteered to drive numerous people to their doctor’s appointments over the years. She enjoyed her family, especially during the holidays and special events; and especially cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Each year, Jean hosted all of her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids at a family weekend. This was the highlight of her year, and speaks to her overwhelming generosity and belief in the importance of family.
Jean loved to serve, and she gave of herself in ways that made other’s lives a little easier and better.
She was currently an active member of St John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, serving on the Liturgy Committee. She also served as a longtime volunteer wherever needed.
Jean is survived by her children, Randy (Peggy) Holm of Dassel, Judy (Randy) Barka of Forest City, Janel (Dean) Zimmerman of Brownton, Joleen (Brent) Soderberg of Delano, and Ron (Jen) Holm of Maple Lake; 15 grandchildren: Adam (Jody), Zachary (Laura) and Nicholas (Emily) Holm, Jon (Jennifer), David (Amanda), Alan (Bethany) and Victoria Barka, Nathan (Marie) and Ryan (Molly) Zimmerman, Ellen (TJ Minor), Martin and Elizabeth Soderberg, and Owen, Lucia, and Quinn Holm; and 10 great-grandchildren: Eva Holm, Greta Holm, James and Lilly Barka, Logan Barka, Matthew and Hannah Barka, Brock, and Madeline Zimmerman, and Hadley Zimmerman.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, John; her father, Leo Miller; her very special brother-in-law, Lawrence Holm; and other family members.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming, “Wow, what a ride.”
A memorial service took place Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Litchfield with Father Pat Casey and Father Brian Mandel officiating. The interment of the urn followed at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
There was a two-hour time to gather with the family prior to the Mass at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.