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Joanne Holland

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Joanne Holland, 85, owner of Blue Crest Farms in Long Valley, N.J., died on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at St. Clare's Hospital in Denville. Joanne and her twin sister Jeanne were born to Albert and Beulah Loomis in Anadarko, Okla., where she was valedictorian at Anadarko High School. She attended business school in Oklahoma City and met her first husband, Michael H. Robinson, a sailor in the U.S. Navy, who was training there during World War II. She moved to Chicago, Ill., and later to Morris County, N.J., where she raised her family and was involved in the N.J. Civil Defense Patrol, the Roxbury Garden Club and the Boy Scout Mothers Club. As office manager and corporate secretary, she helped her second husband, Jack W. Holland, operate Holland Manufacturing Co. in Succasunna, retiring in 2007 as its longest-serving employee. Their mutual love of horses led them to establish Blue Crest Farms in Long Valley in 1969, including what was, at the time, the largest indoor riding arena on the East Coast. They bred, trained, showed and raced both quarter horses and thoroughbreds. Joanne competed in horse shows around the state and served on the board of the N.J. Quarter Horse Association.
She was predeceased by her husband Jack and her twin sister, Jeanne Levis Harper. She is survived by her three children, Michael Robinson and his wife, Loretta, of Silver Spring, Md.; Kathy Coulahan and her husband John of Bridgewater; and Thomas Robinson and his wife Balkis of Long Valley. She also leaves five grandchildren, Dan Robinson and his wife Laura; Scott Robinson; Bee Bernard; and T.J. and Crystal Robinson. Also surviving are her sister Estelle Payne of Oklahoma City, nieces Patricia Paulson and Linda Salter, nephew John Levis, and many cousins, as well as former colleagues and friends in both the business world and the horse community.
Visitation with the family will be 1p.m.-2p.m. Sunday, May 23 at Leber Funeral Home, 15 Furnace Rd., Chester, N.J., followed by a service at 2 p.m. Interment at Middle Valley Cemetery, Long Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Child Fund International, P.O. Box 26484, Richmond, Va. 23261 or Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children, P.O. Box 6871, Bridgewater, N.J. 08807. For on line condolences and information visit

Published in Courier News & Daily Record on May 21, 2010
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