Elna May Holmquist

TUSTIN — Elna May Holmquist, 98, of Tustin, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at the Lakeview.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1915, in Tustin, to John and Ila (Hoover) Vanderhoof, and they preceded her in death.

Elna graduated from Tustin High School in 1935. She married Hartley A. Holmquist on April 6, 1935, in Tustin, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 1981. She moved to the farm in 1935 and lived there all her life until going to the Lakeview.

Elna was an excellent rug weaver and a talented quilt maker. She could create things out of nothing. She also was well-known for her tea pot collection. She had been a cook at the Kettunen Center in Tustin and was a foster mother for many years. She was a member of Edgetts Wesleyan Church as well as the Tustin Area Volunteer Club.

She is survived by her son, Garth (Corlene) Holmquist, of Cadillac; daughter-in-law, Harriet Holmquist, of Reed City; grandchildren, Chuck (Lori) Holmquist, of Reed City, Juli (Jason) Stellini, of Reed City, and Micah Holmquist, of Lansing; four great-grandchildren; a sister, June Danhoff, of Cadillac; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Roy, in 2005; a brother, Jack Vanderhoof; and sisters, Beulah Powell, Thelma Blanchard and Fern Lake.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac with the Rev. Scott Torkko officiating. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Burdell Township Cemetery in Osceola County.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pine River Historical Society. An online guestbook is available at www.petersonfh.com.