Geraldine Ruth Holmes

Tawas City, Grant Township, Michigan
August 2, 1932 - April 8, 2019


Friday, April 12, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home - Tawas Chapel


Friday, April 12, 2019
1:00 PM

Obituary Notice

Geraldine Ruth Holmes, of Tawas City and Grant Township, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Tawas St. Joseph Hospital, age 86 years. Geraldine was born on August 2, 1932 in Ovid, Michigan to Edsel and Margaret (Daley) McArdle. She graduated with the class of 1950 from Tawas City High School. She worked for the D&M Railway Company in the Payroll and Data Processing department for 33 years. In 1990, Geraldine decided to step away from the work force and begin to enjoy her retirement years. She was a busy woman who truly enjoyed helping people and her community. Geraldine volunteered as a Sunday school teacher for Christ Episcopal Church in East Tawas for many years. She was also active with the Iosco County 4H, a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, an Avon saleswoman, and a talented square dancer! Geraldine married her husband and best friend, Herbert Holmes, on June 6, 1964. Together they have celebrated 54 beautiful years of marriage! Geraldine is survived by her beloved husband Herbert Holmes; 3 loving children, Donald (Penny) Robey, Pamela (Robert) Miller, and Debra (Dan) Barry; 15 grandchildren, Jason, Rob, Bill, Cindy, Katie, Dan, Andrew, Mary, Luke, Don, Kyle, Patrick, Charlie, John, and Bryan; 22 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Kenneth (Pat) McArdle; and many extended family members, and special friends. She is preceded in death by her parents. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City with Reverend Tim Pike officiating. Her family will welcome friends at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 AM until the time of the funeral. She will be laid to rest in the Pioneer Cemetery in Grant Township. Those wishing to express their condolences through a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name. An online guest registry is available at


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Pioneer Cemetery


Deb - I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Winnie the Pooh said it best "If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever." With Love, Jenna
— Jenna Smith
My Mom (Betty Bessey Cannon) graduated with Geraldine. I remember Geraldine's senior picture in my Mom's photo album. Please accept my sympathy and may she rest in peace.
— Linda J Perini
My sincerest condolences to Herb and the whole family. I have many fond memories of working at the Tawas Bay Yacht Club with them and at their horse farm.
— Tammy (Ashmore) Schlabach
Deb and very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.
— Valarie Peterson
I'm sorry to hear about Geri. No one will miss her more than you but lots of others will miss her too. Lots of good memories. God bless,
— Gary Mallon
Debbie Dan and boys so very sorry to hear about your mother God bless
— Audie Potter

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