Lylah Marie (Larson) Holstrom, 80, of Geneseo, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services Ltd., Geneseo, where an Order of the Eastern Star service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be left to First Lutheran Church or Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation.
She was born on Feb. 9, 1933, in Moline, the daughter of C. Elmer and Elsie (Henander) Larson. She married Forrest A. Holstrom on Nov. 14, 1954, in Geneseo. He died on Oct. 22, 2004. She was a 1951 graduate of Geneseo High School. While in high school, she worked as an operator at the Geneseo Telephone Company. After graduating from Lutheran Hospital School for Nurses in Moline in 1954, she worked at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo and later as a private nurse. She was a longtime American Red Cross volunteer, and she and her husband coordinated many local bloodmobiles.
She was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church, Geneseo, where she sang in the church choir for many years and took part in women’s circle activities. When her children were young, she served as a Girl Scout leader and PTA volunteer. She was a Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary member and a past worthy matron of the Geneseo Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She and her husband enjoyed traveling together in their retirement years. She also loved attending her class and family reunions.
Survivors include a son, Carl Edward (Marsha) Holstrom of Bettendorf, Iowa; a daughter, Laura (Kelly) VanLaningham of East Peoria; three grandsons, Brandon Holstrom, Elliott Holstrom and Noah VanLaningham; and two step grandsons, Shea VanLaningham and Drew VanLaningham.