Harriet Holum

Obituary of Harriet Holum

Harriet Mae Holum, age 97, of Alexandria, formerly of Sacred Heart, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at her home in Alexandria, Minnesota.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart.  The Rev. Dale Svendsen will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the church.  Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, Minnesota.

Harriet Mae Holum was born on May 2, 1922, south of Sacred Heart on the Oak Valley Farm to Albert and Hulda (Christopherson) Sagnes.  She was baptized at home and later confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart.  As a young lady she attended District #41 Country School and later graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1940.  Harriet was united in marriage to Ernest Kermit Holum on August 11, 1944, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  Together they lived on the Sagnes homestead and farmed for 43 years.  They spent many summers vacationing with their family at Lake Ida near Alexandria.  She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and served as Sunday School Secretary.  She loved her life on the farm and enjoyed singing, playing accordion, quilting, and making lefse.

Survivors include her son and daughter: Emery (and special friend Cathy Watson) of Spicer, and Tammy (and Brad) Stark of Alexandria; her five grandchildren:  Aimee (and Joel) Asp, Aaron (and Jen) Holum, Jason (and Jami) Holum, Dustin (and Steph) Stark, and Mackenzie Stark; her great grandchildren: Rebekah, Andrew, Mason, Parker, Hannah, and Tyler; her sister Betty Holum of Renville; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ernest in 1988, her daughter-in-law Diane, and her brothers Leonard “Tubby”, Alvin, and Jerome Sagnes.


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