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Phyllis A. Holmstrom

June 22, 1944 — October 21, 2021

Phyllis Ann (Shrum) Holmstrom was born June 22, 1944, in California. She passed away October 21, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Phyllis was sixteen, and working at Goodrich Dairy in Omaha when a handsome young man came in to buy milk for his siblings. Phyllis quickly fell in love with Kenneth Holmstrom, and the couple were soon married. With Ken Phyllis found not only a husband but the family that she had been longing for. Ken’s parents welcomed her into the family and loved her as their own daughter. Ken’s five sisters became Phyllis’s sisters and lifelong friends.

Phyllis and Ken raised five sons. Phyllis showed her boys how to love and taught them how to say “I love you.”

Phyllis graduated from cosmetology school in 1961. She worked as a hair stylist for many years. She worked at Villa De Sante nursing home where she met many good friends. Phyllis worked at Children’s Hospital as an aid in outpatient surgery. She had a gift for working with children and their families, using her humor to keep everyone entertained. Many families felt that Phyllis’s caring and support made a difficult time a little bit better. Phyllis retired from Children’s Hospital August 29, 2014. She worked part-time at Charter Title where she kept the whole staff entertained with her wit and humor. Phyllis continued to work as a CNA, caring for people in their homes, until the last few months of her life.

Phyllis loved to laugh, to dance, and to enjoy a good margarita. She cherished time with friends, family, and especially her grandchildren.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her husband, Ken Holmstrom, parents, Abner and Dagmar Holmstrom, and sisters and their husbands, Val and Lyle Plambeck, MaryAnn and Bud Henderson, Shirley and Bob Quartoroli.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny and Lisa Holmstrom, Kerry and Ann Holmstrom, Kurt and Michelle Holmstrom, Kristopher (Kip) and Jessie Holmstrom, Kyley and Regina Holmstrom, her grandchildren, Becka and Linnea Holmstrom, Jake and A.J. Holmstrom, Samantha Holmstrom and Andrew Cossette, Danielle and Chad Franssen, Tatum Holmstrom, Keegan, Kysa and Kadyn Holmstrom, sisters and their husbands, Sandy and Jim Sadler and Sharon and Marvin Blocker, her sisters of the heart, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial Service Tuesday, 11:00am Augustana Lutheran Church, 3647 Lafayette Ave, Omaha, NE 68131. The family will receive guests on Tuesday at church from 10am tto 11:00am.

The service can be viewed online at

Memorial Visitation with the family Monday, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the 72nd Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society or Children’s Hospital.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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