Carol Ann Holm
September 15, 1939 – July 29, 2020
Carol Duba Holm, MA, of Okemos, MI, passed away on July 27, 2020, in Okemos at the age of 80. She was born on September 15, 1939 in Grand Rapids, MI to John Charles and Ann (Niewiadomski) Duba.
She graduated from Mount Mercy High School in 1957, from Aquinas College in 1961, and from Marquette University with a Master's degree in English in 1963. That same year, she married her beloved husband, Robert ("Bob", who preceded her in death in 2007). She taught English at Stevenson High School in Livonia, MI for a year before they had their first child, after which she embarked on an unmatched career as a homemaker and volunteer. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Aquinas College, receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 1979 and Outstanding Alumna award in 1989; long-time driver for Mobile Meals in Lansing; and veteran reader for the Radio Reading Service (formerly Radio Talking Book), WKAR's program for people with reading impairments. She sang in the choir for many years at St. Catherine of Siena church in Portage, MI, where the family lived prior to moving to Lansing in 1991, and golfed in several Lansing-area leagues with Bob. An avid quilter, she supported the Capitol City Quilt Guild, contributing her time and artistic talents to their shows and regularly hosting "Lunch Bunch" gatherings at her home.
But above all, she devoted her time, love and copious generosity to her children and family, and made friends everywhere she went through her supreme kindness and hospitality. She was preceded in death as well by her parents and dear sister Catherine Lee.
Surviving are her daughters, Elizabeth Ann (Dave Crockett) Holm and Amanda Lelia (George Stankow) Holm; son, John Gustaf (Michelle Hribar) Holm; grandchildren, Margaret Carol McGovney, Elizabeth Rose Holm, Alexei Gabriel Dudek, Aurora Joy Stankow-Mercer, Dimitri Nikolai Dudek, and Gloria Rhiannon Stankow-Holm; sister Anna May Ransdell; brothers, John (Mary) Duba, Dan (Denise) Duba, and George (Cindy) Duba; sister-in-law Barbara (Larry) Matthes; brothers-in-law Tim Lee, Dick (Debra Wierenga) Holm and Bill (Marcia Davis) Holm; and many nieces, nephews and other in-laws.
Further details may be found at https://sites.google.com/view/carol-holm-memorial#h.sh81s24aisje
Carol Ann Holm
August 10, 2020
Carol and I were roommates during our last year of graduate school at Marquette University. We shared many laughs and some tears when our irate landlady took exception to our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We managed to stay in touch over the years and last October we had a three day reunion in Grand Rapids with Beth Wojciuch, another Marquette friend. We never stopped talking, not only about the past but our hopes for the future. Beth and I are so grateful for those previous days. I send my prayers and sympathies to Carol’s family
Sheila Creighton Perrone
Newport Beach, California
Judy (Funk) Jankowiak
August 6, 2020
I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Carol's passing. I talked to her from my home in Midland just two weeks ago and was so happy to have spent an hour on the phone with her, as we often did. We went to Sacred Heart Grade School and Aquinas College together as we lived just two blocks away from each other. Carol was just such a kind, warm, and beautiful person and know she touched so many lives. I am so blessed to have known her my entire life. I am sure she is so happy to be reunited with Bob in Heaven. May God give her eternal rest and much peace and comfort to her children, grandchildren, and family.
August 2, 2020
While I am happy for Carol that she is with Bob (where she always wanted to be)
I will surely miss her and be forever grateful for her kindness, pluckiness, wisdom and the blanket of comfort that she always placed so lovingly on her Grief Group ladies.
My condolences to every member of her family and to her wide circle of friends.
With love from Mimi
August 2, 2020
Carol was a very lovely friend and neighbor. Every week or two we would have tea and talk family, politics and hope for the world. Carol was one of those genuinely kind and good people all the way thru. So sorry that for the last few months we have not been able to see each other (except for the occasional delivery).
Her quilts were a source of joy and love and simply exquisite. They were a connection to her world of family and friends. And when we had tea, she would always share the new pictures and new of her family.
Carol will be missed by her family and friends so very much. Always a sweet and steady presence. Loved her. Bambo and Larry
Deb & Marv (Herda) Hanna
August 2, 2020
Carol was in my parents wedding party, then I was in her wedding party (I felt so grown up because I got to wear thigh-high nylons for the first time), then her kids were in my wedding party. When her children were born my mom gave her the crib that my parents used for us, then when we had children she gave it back to me to use. I still have it and my grandkids used it when they visited. I remember her being a great babysitter, she made great popcorn. I in turn babysat for her kids. She has left the world a better place and will be greatly missed. Love you all.
August 2, 2020
Carol was a very good and special friend. She is missed already.
August 1, 2020
So sad to hear of Carol’s passing. I remember so many Niewiadomski Christmas and Easter events with Carol’s presence. Pat and I had an opportunity to have lunch with Carol in Okemos before we moved to Whitehall. It has always been a pleasure to reminisce about those good old days. DziaDzia with Carol, Cathy, Anna May and me.
July 31, 2020
So sad and shocked to hear about, Carol. She was in quilt groups and it was always a delight see her. Her sweet smile and friendliness will always be remembered. Our quilt group, Lunch Bunch, will miss her greatly especially since a couple of members have moved away lately. I will made a quilt and donate to charity for her.
Carole Zinser Davis