Ethel Holm

Ethel Holm

  • Funeral Date: 10/16/12
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 2/13/17
  • Date of Death: 9/28/12
  • Funeral Location: Bethel Lutheran Church - Northfield

Ethel Lucille (Warn) Holm was born February 13, 1917, in Gwinner, North Dakota, to Erick and Agda (Ostlund) Warn. She was raised in Gwinner, baptized and confirmed at Gustaf Adolf Lutheran Church, and graduated Gwinner High School in 1935. She attended Valley City Teachers College and the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis.

On June 14, 1938, Ethel married a newly ordained minister by the name of Erni Holm. After marriage they served churches in Scandia, Alberta, Canada ‘38-‘43, Evansville, Minnesota ‘43-‘48, Council Bluffs, Iowa ‘48-‘54, Walnut Grove, Minnesota ‘54-‘61, and Pine City, Minnesota ‘61-‘68. While living in Pine City Ethel began working at the Lino Lakes Treatment Center. In the Fall of 1968, following Erni’s untimely death on January 13th of that year, Ethel moved to Minneapolis. She began working as administrator for Twin City Linnea Home in St. Paul and moved to St. Paul in 1970. She retired in 1982, remaining in St. Paul until moving to Northfield in 2008.

Ethel was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and a former member of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Roseville and Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, writing and reading. She was quiet, organized, had a strong and unwavering Christian Faith, and loved her church home.

Survivors include 5 children: Dr. Paul and wife Alice of Cloquet, Eunice and husband Rev. Don Fultz of Shoreview, Philip and wife Barb of Northfield, Judith and husband Bobby Thomason of Farmersville, Texas, James and wife Selma of Prior Lake; 8 grandchildren: Katherine Setterlund, Karin Cortese (Todd), Todd Fultz (Erica), Tami Salo (Chuck), Andrew Holm (Melissa), Kersten Larson (Charlie), Austin Holm (and his significant other, Jamie Gerritsen), Jenna Berge (Gavin); 16 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Alice Morris of Waconia, Helen Vore of Fergus Falls; 2 sisters-in-law: Mavis Warn of Minneapolis, Lucille Warn of Maplewood; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her grandson Timothy Fultz and her brothers Clarence “Bud” Warn and Clayton Warn.

Ethel passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, September 28, 2012, at Cottage on Forest on the Campus of Three Links Care Center in Northfield, at the age of 95.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield with Rev. Tim McDermott officiating. Music will be provided by Rhonda Reece. Interment will be in Swedish Lutheran Cemetery, Parkers Prairie, Minnesota. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Gustavus Adolphus College or Lutheran Social Services.

Arrangements with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Dale Olson

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have good memories of her. All the times I ate at your house, and the many nights I stayed with you guys. It didn’t matter if there was one more mouth to feed, there always seemed to be plenty to go around. I remember one particular Sunday after church, walking with Jim and her to the parsonage, she remarked in regards to the sermon, “where would we be without Paul’s writings”? Our sympathy to all the Holm children.
    Dale and Carol Olson, Belfry, MT

  2. Norma Jean Heath

    My deepest Sympathy to the Holm Family on the loss of your dearest and wonderful mother and Grandmother. She was so very good to me when I stayed with your family while going to High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I just feel like part of your family and am so happy that she had such a wonderful long life. I can still see her sewing, cooking and smiling and oh what a wonderful mother she was to her family. I can also see her sitting with all the children during church and how well behaved they were while Dad was preaching. God Bless You her Family and all Friends for the loss of such a wonderful Christian and now she is at Home with Her Lord and Savior,and how happy she must be. I send my Love to You All.
    Norma Heath

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