Estella “Stell” M. Holmquist

In loving memory of Estella “Stell” M. Holmquist, born July 4, 1934, and went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2013.

Stell was a native of the Jamestown/Lakewood area and spent her adult years as a resident of San Diego, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John E. Holmquist Sr. (May 13, 1912-Nov. 17, 1970) and Viola L. Holmquist (July 13, 1911-Feb. 5, 1995); her brother, John E. Holmquist Jr. (May 30, 1938-Jan. 8, 1982); and her sister, Roberta L. Holmquist (June 20, 1940-July 22, 2011).

Surviving are her nephew, Scott E. (LeAnn) Holmquist and Stell’s great-nieces and great-nephews: Amanda, Marly, Ty and Tage. Stell is also survived by niece Kimberly K. (William) Earle, and their son, Michael.

Stell was employed for 30-plus years in the classified department of The San Diego Union and Evening Tribune.

From reading to writing to enjoying poetry and Scrabble games, Stell had a passion for words. She succeeded in having works of her own published including: letters to the editor in The Beacon and San Diego Magazine, a guest commentary in The Beacon, three poems in “Real Woman Magazine,” a dozen or so poems in various anthologies and small press poetry magazines such as “Armadillo Poetry Press,” ”Candlelight Poetry Journal,” ”The Sunflower Dream and National Library of Poetry.” She also self-published her own book entitled “Classified Ad’dled: An Incredible Collection …”

Stell and her sister Roberta’s passion for family history led to a discovery of their late grandparents: Toge Holmkvist (July 1, 1896 to July 27, 1958) and Hanna Maria Christina Rosengren Holmkvist (March 17, 1883 to Feb. 22, 1940), who came to the United States as immigrants from Sweden with the family name’s original spelling. Toge’s youngest son, John E. Holmquist Sr. (Stell’s father), was the family’s first natural-born American citizen. In Toge’s later years, he became an active member of The Salvation Army. With this knowledge, it was Stell’s wish to have donations made to The Salvation Army in her memory. Stell left a footprint in this world and will be remembered lovingly by her family.

Stell has been placed at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.