Charlotte Eleanor Holm

 

The family of Charlotte Eleanor Holm wish to announce her passing this past Tuesday, March 28. She will be lovingly remembered, ever missed.

 

Mom was born in 1933 here in Kenora, the beloved daughter of Carl and Violet (Whiteman) Holm.  She was predeceased by an infant son, her sister and friend June Bishop in 2007, and her nephew Tim in 1991. She remains forever in the hearts of her daughter Linda Beacham; grandchildren Pete (Cheyenne), Paula, and Karin Broeders; great granddaughters Avery Jade, Mya Lynne, and Emilia Charlotte; her brother Bill (Lisa); niece and nephews Bonny Lees, Dennis (Sandra) Bishop, Will, Frank, Carl, and Tommy Holm.  She spent all her life in Kenora, grew up in Lakeside, and recalled wonderful golden summer days at the family camp at Willard Lake with a great multitude of rambunctious cousins of the Whiteman clan. 

Mom was a remarkable woman of great energy who could turn her hand to many a skill. She could and did crochet and knit anything from baby booties and bonnets to beautiful Norwegian sweaters and Northland jackets. She restored, recanvassed and refinished her own canoe, as well as a cedar strip boat (Peanut) her dad built for her when she was ten years old. She built her own kitchen cabinets and reupholstered/refinished her own furniture. She loved gardening, and had a special passion for mixing & pouring cement! Mainly self-educated, she was a gifted writer who loved to read, and passed her love of reading, learning, and music on to her daughter. She loved camping and fishing at Gordon Lake, and swimming, being on the water of Lake of the Woods with family. She taught all her grandchildren to fish. In her retirement years she was an enthusiastic curler with the Keewatin Ladies. 

She loved animals of all kinds, especially her cherished cats. Her sister June always said if she was to ever be reincarnated, she wanted to come back as one of Mom’s cats. When Mom worked at the Kenora Miner & News, she wrote a column called The Pet Corner, and assisted in the rescue of lost, abandoned, and abused animals. Most of her own pets were rescues, or came from the Cat Shelter.

She worked for many years at Kenora’s Addiction Research Foundation (office and waystation), and often recalled that time of her life as one of her greatest learning experiences, and a time of treasured friendships. She worked with great people.

In the 1970s, she began her work with the women’s community and was an out-spoken advocate for the robust feminist movement of that time. Countless personal hours went into the work of sheltering, assisting, and advocating on behalf of women raped and battered. The efforts of a small group of activists led to the establishment of Saakaate House for battered women, the Kenora Sexual Assault Centre, and Women’s Place Kenora. The library at Women’s Place formed around her personal collection of books. She is honoured annually by a bursary given in her name to a local high school student. 

Her life wasn’t always easy, but she gave it her all. And like her parents before her, she always gave back to family and community.

 

Thank you so much to staff at Birchwood and Pinecrest for the care and respect shown her in her final years. 

In accordance with Mom’s/Grandma’s wishes, there is no funeral planned. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial celebration of her life is planned for July when all family can be present.

 

Alcock Funeral Home &Cremation Services (Highway 17 West, Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.