Obituary of JoAnn M. Holm

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JoAnn M. Holm was born on February 14, 1950 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of David and Mary McDermott of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She attended the local schools and graduated from Searles High School in 1967. JoAnn then attended Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts with a major in Education and English and graduated with honors in 1971. In 1996 she earned her Masters of Education degree from Lesley College in Cambridge MA.

JoAnn married her college love, Robert R. Holm in 1972 and they resided in Great Barrington, Massachusetts with their three children, R. Todd Holm, Jonna C. Holm and Lara M. Holm Smith.

She loved teaching her students, and worked for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District from 1971 to 2005. She taught Elementary, Middle, and High School students. She was active in the PTO, often as the secretary, for the schools her children attended.  She even had the pleasure of teaching own children. After retiring from teaching, she joined her husband on his delivery route for Laramee’s cleaners.

JoAnn was a parishioner of St. Peter’s Church. In her younger years she served on the Parish Counsel and volunteered as a lector at Mass.

Predeceasing JoAnn was her parents, husband, and nephew, Sean Furey.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Ellen Gray and Jane Furey. Her children, daughter in law, Danielle Dowd Holm; son in law, Jason Smith and grandson, Liam Smith. She also has several nieces and nephews.

Those persons wishing to make a donation in JoAnn’s memory may do so to Hospice Care in the Berkshires or to a local Berkshire organization of their choice.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, August 30 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Birches-Roy Funeral Home located in Great Barrington. The funeral will be Thursday, August 31 at 10:00am at St. Peter’s Church in Great Barrington. Condolences may be through

6 Responses to Obituary of JoAnn M. Holm

  1. JoAnn was a lifelong best friend of mine
    We grew up together and went all through school together. She will forever be on my heart. I love you JoAnn and will miss you always.

  2. Our entire family is so very sad to hear of Mrs. Holm’s passing. It was an honor to know and work for her and Bob. JoAnn was so very kind, a genuine and lovely person. Our thoughts are with her children and extended family.

  3. So sorry of Joann’s passing. We had many good times with her and your dad. They are in heaven together now. Tod and Susie

  4. My sincere condolences to your entire family. May your thoughts and memories help keep her spirit alive.

  5. What a beautiful and remarkable woman she was. She was always so kind and loving to me. I have the best memories of her and will miss her greatly. Sending my love to the family. Wish so much I could be there to hug you. Love, Julie Dryden and family

  6. I was so sorry to hear of Joann’s passing. She was such a lovely person. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

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