ELLEN C. HOLMBOE, 88 ROCKFORD - Ellen C. Holmboe, 88, of Rockford, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Wesley Willows. She was born March 20, 1925, in Bowling Green, Ohio to Daniel and Katherine (Donlon) Crowley. On Jan. 29, 1949, she married Leonhard W. Holmboe, who predeceased her in 2008. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.A., then went on to earn an M.A. in English from University of Michigan, where she worked as a teaching assistant. Ellen was an avid reader and loved to play word games of all kinds, especially Scrabble. She also enjoyed gardening. With a little help from her family, Ellen planted and maintained a beautiful garden that could be seen and appreciated by her fellow residents at Wesley Willows. She is survived by her children, Patricia H. (Bruce) Atwood of Rockford, Mark E. Holmboe of Rockford, and Andrea H. (Luns) Louie of Antioch, California; grandchildren, Carolyn and Valerie Atwood and Alexander and Katja Louie; and sister, Mary Honor (Arnold) Rivin of Santa Fe, N.M. Predeceased by brother, Daniel; and sisters, Joan and Sheila. Private services were held. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2013