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Elaine Frances Holm (Zielske)

May 2, 1936 ~ December 7, 2018 (age 82)

Sacramento – Elaine Frances Holm went to be with her Lord after a long battle with cancer on December 7, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. Through her pain she always believed that God had a plan and said, “Everything was in His hands.” Her soul rose to heaven and her smile remained on her face for us to see.

Elaine Holm was born on May 2, 1936 to Arnold and Lydia (Hofferber) Zielske, both deceased. Also preceded in death are sister, Diane L. Zielske and brother Arnold A. Zielske II (wife Michelle [Lutzow] Zielske lives in Arizona).

Elaine was married to Sigurd H. Holm at Town & Country Lutheran church in 1954, while in her senior year in high school. Because she became pregnant with her first-born, she was not able to finish high school. Elaine was elated to be married and to start a family. She made most of her own clothes and her children’s clothes and loved to bake fresh bread, cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for her family. She also educated her children in the art of baking and sewing. The happy couple planted many fruit trees and began canning the bounty.  Elaine loved being a full time mom and wife.

After her husband left, Elaine continued to raise five children as a single mother with the help of her parents and her in-laws, Sigurd and Anna (Kettle) Holm. Elaine worked hard to receive her GED and then had to learn how to drive so that she could find work. Elaine continued to raise her five children as she worked as a cashier, a domestic worker, and then over 20 years as a caregiver until she retired.

In Elaine’s spare time she would bake, sew, crochet, create cards, scrapbook, paint, and try other arts and crafts that intrigued her such as egg art, tole painting, making marbled paper with shaving cream and food coloring, and stenciling. Everyone loved her homemade breads and cakes, her crocheted gifts, and her handcrafted cards (everyone always knew their card was from her because the back of the envelope would be loaded with stickers). Mom also loved carousels and carousel horses, cardinals (the bird), flowers, especially gardenias, lilacs, African violets, and camellias, and was always in awe of the changing colors of each season. She loved San Francisco Giants Baseball. Anyone who knew Elaine also knew she loved Sees’ Candy and dark chocolate and neither was very far from her reach. She was a child of God, raised her children to be Christians, and always made time for them. Every evening meal was together at the table and prayers before and after the meal were a must. She loved to spend time with friends during church gatherings and services. Elaine greeted everyone with a smile and a hug.


Elaine leaves behind 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 4 nieces, and cousins.

Her children are Lynda Holm-Chase (Leo)—Brant, Dara, and Teresa

Susan Holm

Sigurd Holm II (Stephanie)—Kieran.

Edward Holm (Margaret) — Edward II, Gabriel, and Joshua

Tarrysa Torrance (Larry)—Alysia, Joshua, Daniel, and Aaron.

Her four nieces are Debra (Holm) Hall, Diana (Holm) Adock, Amaris (Zielske) Baldwin (son Henry), and Cassandra (Zielske) Ferrell.


A memorial service is set for January 12, 2018, at 1:00 at Light of the Valley Lutheran Church in Elk Grove. Mom’s favorite colors were red and teal blue. In celebration of her life, feel free to wear either, or both, of these colors or something cheerful to the memorial service. She celebrated life and would love to see the celebration of her life in beautiful colors.


In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Light of the Valley Lutheran Church’s Help Fund. The Help Fund made it possible for mom to go to her brother’s funeral several years ago.


As I (Susan) looked upon my mom’s smiling face, I was reminded of what she would often tell me when I was young and did not understand why she would laugh instead of get upset. She would tell me, “It was better to laugh than to cry.” That is how she coped with hardship. She is smiling and laughing with Jesus now.

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