Rev. Paul E. Holmstrom

The Rev. Paul E. Holmstrom, 85, Green Bay, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Paul was born June 2, 1936, in Joliet, Ill., to Harold and Ruby Holmstrom. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Joliet. In 1954 he graduated with honors from Joliet Township High School. In 1958 he graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. Paul served his pastoral internship at Augustana Lutheran Church in Detroit, Mich. In 1962, he was ordained into the ministry of the Augustana Synod of the Lutheran Church which eventually became part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Paul served as a Lutheran pastor for over 35 years until his retirement in 1997. He continued his ministry as a visitation pastor after retirement. He served at Bethany Lutheran Church in Negaunee, Mich., and then Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette, Wis. He also served on many boards and committees for the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the ELCA as well as for the Northland Lutheran Retirement Community. He served as chaplain for the Marinette Police Department for several years and was active in his community. Paul was known for his calm, patient demeanor and his strong work ethic. He was deeply committed to his God, his wife, his family and his parishioners. He took life and his responsibilities seriously and led by example. He lived life with a song in his heart and loved to sing, hum, or whistle as he went about his day. He could also be seen with a twinkle in his eye and an upturned smirk, which gave window to his sense of humor.

On June 18, 1960, he married Carol P. Anderson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Joliet, Ill. They shared 59 married years together until Carol preceded him in death on October 15, 2019. The joy of his life was his wife and his daughters and their families. Paul’s hobbies included photography and old cars. He enjoyed spending time at the cabin in the UP and always had a project to accomplish there.

He is survived by three daughters and their families, Marcia (Keith) Nowicki of Green Bay and son, Owen of Minneapolis, Minn.; Janet (John) Littig of Cincinnati, Ohio and son, Matthew of Atlanta, Ga., and daughter, Elise of Cincinnati; and daughter, Julie (Clint) Frerichs and children, Lela, Grant, Melina, Brita, Andrea, Eli and Emelia, of Stanton, Neb.; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and the Rev. George Olson of Marinette; sister-in-law, Elna Anderson of Joliet, Ill. and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Karen and Tom Sedlacek of Anchorage, Alaska; and brother-in-law, the Rev. Alan Lindberg of Prairie du Chien, Wis; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; his parents, Harold and Ruby Holmstrom; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Esther Anderson; and sisters-in-law, Leona, Leota and Sandy Anderson and Jane Lindberg.

Visitation will be on Monday, January 10, 2022, from 9:45 until 10:45 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2911 Libal St., Green Bay. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Revs. Lori and Luther Swenson officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery in Marinette. (Masks will be required at the church.)

Memorial donations in memory of Paul may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church or to Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette.

Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home, Marinette, is assisting the family.