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September 29, 2020

9/10/2020 12:46:00 PM
Holmstrom, Nancy Ann

Nancy Ann Holmstrom has gone home to be with the Lord-"Home," in the words of the song, "Where I Belong." She died Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Lakeview Memory Care in Gladstone, Michigan, believing, as the Apostle Paul, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).
The 89-year-old was born Nancy Oman January 6, 1931, in Marquette, Michigan, where she grew up and where she graduated from high school in 1948. She attended Bethel College and Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, for one year, 1948-1949, before joining God's Invasion Army (GIA), formerly an evangelistic arm of the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide). In 1951, she spent the year traveling the U.S. and Canada with GIA, as one of its youth missionaries and pianists.
Nancy was married in Marquette August 16, 1952, to William "Bill" Holmstrom of Carney, Michigan. The two settled in Nancy's mother's hometown of Gladstone, where he worked as an elementary school teacher. They were married almost 57 years, until his death in 2009. Nancy split the years afterwards between her own home in Gladstone and her youngest daughter's home in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, until moving to Lakeview in December 2019.
Nancy was a member of Grace Church in Gladstone, where she once taught Bible studies, played piano and helped in other ways as she could. Earlier she was a member of Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Gladstone, where she was the church pianist and choir director, held numerous offices over many years, including president of the Women's Missionary Society, taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, led the youth groups and otherwise volunteered considerable time. She was also once a member of The Gideons International Auxiliary, taught women's Bible studies at the Delta County Correctional Facility in Escanaba, Michigan, spoke about her faith before many different groups locally, counseled and otherwise served at church-affiliated Bible camps in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin, and often fed and housed visiting missionaries and pastors.
In her later years, Nancy conducted prayer ministries to local individuals and families. One by one, she prayed for all those listed in the Grace Church directory and many in the Escanaba/Gladstone telephone book, also calling and/or hand-writing a note to each. Most recently, she beaded Wordless Bracelets for evangelistic use by Teen Missions International around the world; others helped by tying the knots. She made an estimated 5,000 bracelets in just two years 2018-2019.
Nancy is survived by: daughters Doris Holmstrom of Gladstone and Susan (Duane) Strickfaden of Dodgeville; grandchildren Pastor Tyler (Stacie) Strickfaden of Muskego, Wisconsin, and Heather Ann (Phillip) Hansen of Platteville, Wisconsin; five great-grandsons, Caden Bennett and Titus Strickfaden, and Kiptyn, Ryker and Maverick Hansen; two great-granddaughters, Talulah Strickfaden and Tirzah Ann Hansen; 10 nieces and nephews, and their families; her husband's niece and one of his four nephews, and all their families; and Mary Feldhusen of Gladstone.
Besides her husband, Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ruth Oman, and her three sisters and their husbands.
Services for Nancy Holmstrom were held at Grace Church Saturday, September 12. Burial was in Gardens of Rest Memorial Park in Wells. The family was assisted by Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone.
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