Fern Sophia (Homer) Lundholm left this world on Aug. 9, 2021, after a very brief illness. She was 98.5, just missing her goal of living to 100.
Fern was born on a farm near Barron, Wis., on Feb 28, 1923, to Henry and Freida (Drecktrah) Homer, graduating from Barron High School in 1941. On Feb. 7, 1942, she married Lawrence “Larry” Lundholm, of Chetek, Wis.
During World War II, she and their newborn son followed him with the Army Air Force through the southern U.S. After WWII, they lived in several towns in Wisconsin, including Ripon, Burlington, East Troy, Thorp, Lac du Flambeau and Superior, during which time they raised four children.
Larry and Fern retired to Bella Vista, Ark., in 1987 where she enjoyed golfing, tap dancing, oil painting as well as socializing and dancing with the WI Club and many others.
Fern’s eye for beauty and her love for her family were always number one in her life. Everything and everyone she touched was made more beautiful, inside and out. She created beautiful interiors and gardens in every place she lived. She was always fashionable and was an amazing seamstress, creating outfits and ball gowns for herself and daughters. She was a very successful regional manager for Beeline Fashions in the ‘60s. She held office as well as the position of president for many women’s groups and garden clubs. She was the northern Wisconsin regional director for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Association. She was also an organizer for Superior’s PBS annual fundraising ball. While in Bella Vista, she received the outstanding performance and dedication award as a top inspection supervisor for the Greens Vacation Rentals. Most of all, she was the best mom and grandma to her children and grandchildren that they could have ever asked for. She was always there with love, support and a smile.
Fern was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence “Larry”; her son, Larry, of Stillwater, Okla.; and all of her siblings and their spouses, Vernon Homer, Lawrence Homer, Gladys Taylor and Ruth Nichols. Fern is survived by her daughters, Gloria Lundholm, of Tahoe Vista, Calif., Cheryl Lundholm, of Bella Vista, and Sharon Lundholm, of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Larry Lundholm Jr., Lori Murray, Kim Lynch, Michelle Bardy, Liam and Aaron O’Sullivan; 11 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
There was a viewing for the immediate family at the Bella Vista Funeral Home before her cremation. There will be a Celebration of Life on Zoom on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, from 1–4 p.m. CDT. All who knew her are invited to join us, details are on the following website. There will also be a graveside ceremony at Lake View Cemetery in Chetek, Wis., next summer. We welcome the sharing of stories and memories on Zoom and at www.celebrating-fern-lundholm.com.