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Donald Holmstrom, 75

Donald Holmstrom, 75, died on Friday, December 31, 2010 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls, MN.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 5, 2010 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Strandquist, MN with Rev. Curtis Matz officiating.  Burial will be in St. Edwards Cemetery, Lincoln Township, Marshall Co., MN., in the Spring.
Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Tuesday, January 4, 2010 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM with Father Rick Lambert presiding.  Visitation will also be one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Wednesday.
Donald Vance Holmstrom was born September 25, 1935 at home on the farm near Strandquist to Victor and Pearl(Swedberg).  He was baptized and confirmed at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Newfolden.  He attended the Oak RidgeCountry School and one year of high school in Strandquist.
He worked at Armours in South St. Paul and the Ford Plant in St. Paul.  Donald was married to Maxine Clara Szczepanski on June 15, 1957 in St. Paul.  They made their home in St. Paul until the fall of 1960 when they moved to a farm near Strandquist.  Donald farmed grain and dairy with his twin brother Dean.  He also worked road construction for Ehrenstrom Construction.  He worked at Arctic Cat in Karlstad and Thief River Falls.  In his later years, he sold the land and bought the Northwest House Moving business.
Some of Donald’s favorite pastimes included hunting with his brothers, gardening and watching the birds.  He was an avid fisherman and the lake cabin at Lake of the Woods at Hideaway Acres north of Springsteel was always a highlight for Don and his family.  Donald loved to play practical jokes and tell stories.  He was a proud lifetime member of the Eagles Club.  Donald enjoyed cooking barbequed pork for several different occasions and making homemade sausage of all kinds.
Don is survived by his wife Maxine, Strandquist, MN; 4 daughters, Debbie (Eddie) Severson, Thief River Falls, MN, Kathy (Randy) Nelson, Strandquist, MN, Renee Nelson (Brad Cook), Karlstad, MN, Brenda (Jeff) Poe, Thief River Falls, MN; 9 grandchildren, Amanda Severson (Keith Neadeau), Amber (Jose) Guerrero, Melissa (Jeromy) Braff, Chelsey Nelson (Steven Hougard), Jarad Nelson, Jessica (Sean) Anderson, Ashlee Nelson (Ryan Anderson) and Brody and Brooklyn Poe, 1 great-grandchild,  Carter Thompson; twin brother, Dean Holmstrom, Strandquist, MN; 5 sisters, Eileen (Ivan) Atkinson, Harrison, Arkansas, Lorraine Setterholm, Stephen, MN, Verna Myhrer, Thief River Falls, MN, Lois “Jean” (Leslie) Maurstad, Argyle, MN and Iris (Arnie) Maurstad, Argyle, MN as well as several nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.  

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonard Holmstrom; grandsons, Jeremy Severson and Chad Nelson and father-in-law, Stanley Szczepanski.
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