NEW SWEDEN and CARIBOU – Linwood Storm Holmquist, 87, passed quietly in his sleep Sunday, March 11, 2012. He was born May 14, 1924, on the farm in Westmanland, son of Waldo and Gerda (Storm) Holmquist.
Linwood was born and brought up on the family farm in Westmanland. He later farmed the same land as his dad before moving his family to New Sweden. His career work was with Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation Service where he served as an conservation technician and construction inspector. After his retirement, he worked as a bus driver for New Sweden School Department. He was a lifelong member of Evangelical Covenant Church of New Sweden. Linwood was a veteran and spent time in the Philippines and Korea. Being a part of the military was very important to him. He was a member of Perkins-Plourde American Legion, Stockholm and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Caribou. Linwood was devoted to his family.
He was married for 58 years to the late Geneva (Rackliffe) Holmquist, who predeceased him in 2006. He is survived by his children, Larry Holmquist and his wife, Rachel, of Saco, Judy Holmquist of Caribou, Nancy Holmquist Roble of New Sweden, and Kris Holmquist of Caribou. He had four grandchildren, Mark Holmquist and his wife, Devra, of East Waterboro, Melanie Weiss and her husband, David, of Ridgefield, Conn., Matthew Lajoie and his wife, Ashley, of Lexington, S.C., and Niklas Roble of New Sweden; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew and Audrey Holmquist and Gabriela Weiss. He is also survived by one sister, Dorothy Tomlinson and her husband, Philip, of Caribou. He had many nieces and nephews. He enjoyed a special friendship with Nason Donahue of New Sweden. He was also predeceased by daughter, Coleen Holmquist Lajoie; and son-in-law, Keith Roble.
A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Evangelical Covenant Church, West Road, New Sweden, with the Rev. T. Daniel Clayborne officiating. The family welcomes all to stay for visitation and fellowship immediately after at Fogelin Fellowship Hall. Memorial gifts can be given in Linwood’s memory to the church’s memorial fund. Arrangements are in care of Lancaster Morgan Funeral Home, Caribou. Memories and condolences maybe shared with the family at