Leola Hollinder

Leola Alma Sundberg Hollinder

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
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Leola Alma Sundberg Hollinder, 86 years old, died peacefully with her children by her side on October 1, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. She was delivered by her Grandmother Dora on October 13, 1932 at her grandparents’ homestead in Geyser, MT. Her parents, Percy and Aili (Keto) Sundberg moved to Opportunity, MT when Percy started working for the Anaconda Company. They loaded their children and possessions onto a Model A Ford, including a crated pig tied to the sideboard!
Leola rode the trolley to school in Anaconda, was active in 4H and Rainbow Girls, and graduated from Anaconda High School. During her freshman year, she met the love of her life, Lyle Hollinder. They thoroughly enjoyed dancing and time with their friends. They married on September 9, 1951 as Lyle was drafted into the Army for the Korean War. Lyle and Leola exchanged love letters during his military years. She cherished reading them even through this past month.
Lyle and Leola had five children, whom she loved dearly. They blessed her with ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, plus two more currently on the way.
Leola was active in Eastern Star and the American Legion. She loved the outdoors, camping, listening to music, especially accordion music, square dancing, playing cards and visiting with family and friends. She loved to attend all special family occasions. Leola was a caregiver to family, friends, and many others; she will be remembered for her big heart.
Leola was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lyle Hollinder and siblings: Vernon (Phyllis) Sundberg, Elva (Bill) Blaz, and Carl (Carol) Sundberg; and one niece and nephew.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Charlotte “Vey” Hollinder Bleile; and children: Leilani (Rod) Christensen, Larry (Cecilia) Hollinder, Lenora (Larry) Jacobs, Linda (Owen) Kelley, and Laura Oslund (Randy Birkett); and grandchildren: Joshua, Eric, Anna, Joel, Kristin, Heather, Shane, Sara, Carly, and Leah; plus great-grandchildren: Ryley, Teagan, Orrin, Eloise, Tobias, and Harlan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Please join us for a celebration of Leola’s life on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula. Leola will be buried beside her parents and younger brother in Opportunity, MT during a private service. Contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.
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    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 11:00am
    Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory
    1705 West Broadway
    MISSOULA, MT 59808
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We love you so much, Grandma! ❤️
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With loving memories of "Leola Hollinder", Remembering the many kindnesses extended to our Mom. Bev, Norm and Gordy
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Bertha Roylance

Posted at 10:02pm
Sending my Love and prayers to all the family.
Bertha (Keto) Roylance

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