2012-03-29 / Obituaries

Vera Holtom and John Holtom


Vera Holtom Vera Holtom Vera Belle Holtom and John Lorne Holtom, of Cedarville, have both died recently. Mrs. Holtom, 92, died Sunday, February 12, 2012, and Mr. Holtom, 95, died Monday, March 19, 2012. Both died at Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace. Until just days before their deaths, Mr. and Mrs. Holtom were living with their daughters in Cedarville. The Holtoms were married for 72 years.

She was born July 14, 1919, in Flint, to Martin McDaniel and Viola Blaine McDaniel. She grew up in Flint, where she was graduated from high school.

He was born December 4, 1916, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, to John and Ella (nee Gibson) Holtom. When he was eight years old, his family moved to Pontiac. He was graduated from high school there and then attended GM Tech in Flint.

The couple met while he was at school in Flint and they were married December 2, 1939.

Their young family grew up in Waterford, where Mr. Holtom worked at Fisher Body as a design drafter and Mrs. Holtom cared for their children. After their children were grown, the couple enjoyed purchasing homes, remodeling them, and then reselling them. They remodeled homes in Clearwater, Florida, Traverse City, and Petoskey, before settling in Great Falls, Montana, where they lived for 17 years. In 2009, they moved to Cedarville to live with their daughters.


John Holtom John Holtom An avid bowler, Mrs. Holtom bowled in three leagues for many years. At age 90, she was still bowling in a league. She loved traveling, visiting with people, and spending time with her family. She recently accepted Christ, family members noted.

Mr. Holtom was a member of the GM Ham Radio Club. His call number was WA8NJZ. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, carpentry, photography, golfing, boating, and sailing. Because he always wanted to learn something new, Mr. Holtom requested a banjo as a gift last Christmas so he could learn to play.

Family was very important to the couple. They were admired as parents, their family said, and always supportive of friends or anyone in need of help.

Mr. and Mrs. Holtom are survived by their daughters, Pamela Holtom and Sue Caroffino, both of Cedarville; two grandchildren and their families, Teri and Dave Gray, and Kirk Charles “K.C.” and Krysten Biehn; four great-grandchildren and their families, Jennifer and Kevin Bates, Karen and Gary Stevenson, Parker Biehn, and Reilly Biehn, and two great-great grandsons, Hunter Bates and Luke Stevenson.

They were preceded in death by their son, Kirk Holtom.

A gathering to celebrate the lives of Vera and John Holtom will be held this summer.

Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford is assisting the family with arrangements.

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