Carol J. Holmes

Carol Holmes

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI – Carol Jean Holmes, 72, of Co. Rd. 480, Negaunee Township, passed away peacefully Monday morning, September 10, 2018 at the Eastwood Nursing Center with her loving family at her side.

Carol was born February 3, 1946 in Newberry to John and Phyllis Holmes and attended Newberry schools. Carol worked as a cook at several restaurants in the area, including the Coachlight and the Duck Stop.

In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling with her best friend, Joyce Trubell, playing BINGO and watching the deer from her back window with her feline companion, Peewee. Carol was also a very gifted cook, and was an especially gifted baker. She loved the holidays, specifically Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Surviving are her two sons, Edwin (Heidi Schuls) Holmes and John Mathews; adopted son, Jesse (Bobbie Jo) McGraw; longtime companion of 40 years, Rodney ‘Rod’ Laituri; five grandchildren: Robert, Isabel, Allan, Donna and Brandon; adopted granddaughter, Robbin (Bil Kevern) Elvetici; brother, Bob Holmes; a sister, Darlene; and a sister-in- law, Colleen Depotty.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Jeannette Mathews; granddaughter, Phyllis Jeannette Mathews; and a brother, Harry Holmes.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on Monday, September 17th at Koskey Funeral Home. Burial will be in Northland Chapel Gardens.

The family will also greet relatives and friends for a pot luck style luncheon at the Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran Church, Negaunee, immediately following graveside services.

A limb has fallen from the family tree, I keep hearing a voice say, “grieve not for me.”

Remember the best times, the laughs, the songs, the good life I lived when I was strong.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest, remember all, I was truly blessed.

Don’t cry for me here, although I’ll miss you dear.

Mrs. Holmes memorial page may be viewed at, where memories and condolences may be shared.