Lyla Holmberg

Lyla Holmberg, 92, of Motley passed away August 8, 2019, at her residence.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Weds., August 14 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Motley with Pastor Paul Koehler officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial was held at the Motley City Cemetery.  

Lyla was born on October 24, 1926 in Holly Township, Murray County to August and Mattie Schmalz. She eloped to Windom in 1941, marrying the love of her life Armin Holmberg. The couple journeyed to California  and resided there until the beginning of WWII, when they moved back to southern Minnesota where they farmed. In 1950 they moved to Motley, and Lyla worked at Ringer planter in Staples until its closing. She also worked at Lumbertown and retired in 2000 from Madden’s Resort. Lyla enjoyed sewing, playing cards, casino trips and watching Johnny Carson. She will be remembered for her love of the holidays.

Lyla is survived by two daughters, Janet (Joe) DeGeest and Theresa Johnson; two sons, Dean (Joan) Holmberg and Larry Holmberg; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter-in-law, Candi Holmberg; one brother and one sister.

Arrangements are with the Taylor Funeral Home in Staples.

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