Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pegged out: Lorna L. Holler...

From the International Falls Daily Journal:

Lorna L. Holler, 77, of International Falls, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and Twins Fan Extraordinaire, passed away in her sleep Thursday, July 24, 2008, at home after a lengthy battle with kidney cancer.

Lorna was born Aug. 4, 1930, in International Falls, the daughter of Joseph “Jim” and Nellie (Servis) Steele.
She moved from Swift, Minn., with her family at the age of 8, to International Falls, where she had since resided.
Lorna was a longtime dedicated member of St. Thomas Catholic Church.

She was a committed rural route mail contractor for 29 years.

Whether it was playing softball or watching her sons, daughters or grandchildren play sports ... she was one of those parents who was always there. Her sacrifices were limitless. Her hobbies included watching baseball, football and playing cribbage with the family. An ardent sports fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, Lorna knew stats, win-loss records and most vital statistics of star players. She was also a Bret Favre fan!

Lorna’s faith is what kept her going; she was a kind, compassionate person who would help anyone. Her family fondly recalls her as the best mother, sister, grandmother, great-gramma and friend you could ever have. She will always be loved, remembered and missed by her family.

She is survived by five sons, Donald “Don” Holler Jr. of Annapolis, Md., Anthony “Tony” Holler of the Falls, John Holler of Mechanicsville, Va., Dirk Holler of St. Cloud and Patrick (Gwen) Holler of Mechanicsville, Va.; two daughters, Tammy Holler of International Falls and Mitzi (Jeff) Bakke of Eagan, Minn.; two brothers, James (LaVerne) Steele of the Falls and Gene Steele of Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Nellie Jane Bain in Colorado and Theresa Steele of Rochester, Minn.; 11 grandchildren: Ryan, Andy, AJ, Max, Patrick, Mathew, Nicole, Rainy and Madison Holler, Jed Briggs and Chanda Bakke; six great-grandchildren; and numerous special nieces, nephews and friends

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald on Feb. 21, 1990; a grandson, Joshua “Josh” Holler on Nov. 16, 2001; a brother, Donald Steele; and two sisters, Gertrude Reindart and Florence Horgen.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. Roger Bergkamp will be the celebrant.
Interment will be at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery, International Falls.

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook, Minn. (218-666-5298).
Condolences emailed to the funeral home at mlaker@accessmn.com will be forwarded to family members.

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