Marjorie E. Holmstrom

August 15, 1926May 18, 2020

Marjorie E. Holmstrom, 93

Marjorie Holmstrom, born August 15, 1926, of New Bedford passed Monday 5/18/2020 after a courageous battle with heart disease.

She was a fierce and successful businesswoman working as an executive ahead of the curve for Arlan’s Dept. Store in her early family years until she realized her true calling was to stay home and raise her children and if you knew them this was a challenge in itself. While home, she was also the best Girl Scout Leader any troop could wish for, a beloved CCD teacher, and was actively involved with community issues, namely Ward 6 where she spent her entire life.

Maggie was a very faithful and active participant at St. Mary’s Church in South Dartmouth until her health prevented her from attending. That didn’t stop her from regular house visits by parishioners and weekly communion at home.

She will always be remembered as an animal lover, but especially as one of the kindest, most thoughtful woman one would ever hope to meet. Rarely would you see her without a dog by her side and she always put her family first. She always had an open-door policy to anyone in the neighborhood and beyond that needed help or simply a shoulder to lean on. Many sought her compassion and no one left hungry.

Her mind remained sharp until the end, and as an example of her charming and witty personality, Maggie looked forward to reuniting with her cherished husband who passed at the young age of 56. She would jokingly say in recent years - “He was still a young man when he died, he won’t recognize me”. We would always remind her that he would recognize her for the beautiful person she has been.

While she will be sadly missed in this world, they are joyfully happily together again.

She was the beloved wife of the late William (Big Bill) Holmstrom and proud mother of the late William (Little Bill) Holmstrom Jr. Dad will always be “Big Bill” at 5’-10” and Bill will always be “Little Bill” at 6’-4”. She is also predeceased by her loving family members Henry Cygan and his wife Annie Ruth Cygan.

Marjorie AKA Maggie, Marge, Margie, Mom, Ma, Gramma and Grammy is survived by 4 other children, Mike Holmstrom and his wife Karen of Dartmouth, Heidi (Holmstrom) Sylvia and her husband Brian also of Dartmouth, Wendy Holmstrom of Barnstable, and Holly (Holmstrom) Koch and her husband Andy of Westfield. She also leaves 2 half-brothers, Dr. Ralph Cygan and his wife Dr. Kitty Cygan in California and Henry Cygan Jr. of Maine.

She leaves 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, not to mention many grand dogs and great grand dogs, all of whom she was so very proud of and brought her great pride and happiness.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 795 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Rt. 6, New Bedford. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Dartmouth Funeral Home on Russell’s Mills Rd.

In lieu of flowers or donations it is the Holmstrom Family’s desire that during these uncertain times you all pay an act of kindness to a loved one or even a stranger. We know Mom would love this in her honor.

For online tributes, please visit:


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Burial

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020


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Robert Henchey

July 9, 2020

Dear Holly
Please accept my deepest condolences.
It only hurts when you love someone. You will cherish
the happy memories forever.
Your Friend

Beth Bernier Kilanowich

May 23, 2020

Mike, Heidi , Wendy & Holly : so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, not easy especially at this time . It was so nice to see that smile - I remember it well as I remember all those days on Valentine St, the first recitals from Roberta’s in your backyard to those nightly games of Kick the Can . Don’t know if we realized what we had back then , it was a wonderful neighborhood To grow up in and your mom was such a wonderful part of that . RIP Mrs Holmstrom.

Tracey Ross Ramos

May 22, 2020

It saddened me to see the passing of a beautiful soul. Mrs. Holmstrom was like a second mother to me for many of my younger years. She was lovingly stern, painfully honest, and always nurtured me as one of her own. She was also my Girl Scout leader and an exceptional one at that. My childhood would not have been as rich and fulfilling without her guidance and patience. I am truly thankful that she was a part of my life and I cannot help but think that somehow, her early influence has and will continue to guide my thoughts and decisions, even after all these years. I believe I am a better person because of her. So, thank you, Mrs. Holmstrom, from the bottom of my heart, for everything.

My family and I send our most heartfelt condolences to all of her loved ones. May your fond memories comfort you today and always.

With love, Tracey Ross Ramos and family.

Sandy Balthazar

May 22, 2020

Heidi, Brian & family: Your Mom was a beautiful lady with a kind & loving heart. Sending hugs & our condolences to everyone. Sandy & Ken

Arlene Todd

May 20, 2020

What a wonderful legacy you have given us M. Holmstrom, your children have done you well. RIP