Myrta Ann Holmberg
Birth date: October 15, 1927
Death date: August 17, 2012
Myrta Ann Holmberg,
Myrta Ann Ibson was born October 15, 1927, to Daniel and Mabel (Loomis) Ibson near Burlington, Wisconsin. When Myrta was 4 years and 3 months old she watched as her mother was baptized. Myrta was told her mother would go to heaven when “she was old and died.” Myrta asked Jesus into her heart at that time. She continued to learn more about Christ and His payment plan for sin and salvation throughout her life.
Myrta started life with her parents on a farm near Union Grove, Wisconsin. At ten years of age the family moved to the Township of Oak Creek. She attended a rural one room school until eighth grade and South Milwaukee High School graduating in 1945. She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee and during her junior year was a semi-finalist in the Miss Wisconsin contest. After graduating from Marquette University in 1949 and earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, she was initiated into Alpha Tau Delta Professional Nursing Sorority and achieved Certification in Public Health Nursing.
As a young girl she was active in 4-H earning many awards for sewing, food preservation and various craft projects. At age 17 she was the Milwaukee County Representative to the Wisconsin 4-H State Fair Dress Revue and was also a member of the 4-H State Fair Chorus and the Milwaukee County 4-H Council.
In high school she played the violin and sousaphone in the high school marching, concert band and South Milwaukee Municipal Band. She continued to play in the band for ten years after graduating from high school playing French horn and also sang soprano in the South Milwaukee Concert Choir.
On April 29, 1951, Myrta was united in marriage to Richard Evard Holmberg at the Union Grove Baptist Church. They made their home in Milwaukee and later in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Myrta was employed at several places until she found her niche in Public Health. She began working for the City of Milwaukee Public Health Department until the first child was born. She returned to Public Health nursing in 1968 as a staff nurse at the South Milwaukee Health Department moving to the Oak Creek Health Department in 1970. In 1974 she was promoted to supervisor and remained there until retirement in 1986.
Myrta led an active life as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, church financial secretary, Pioneer Girls leader, pianist, organist, accordion accompanist, cub scout den mother and hat maker. After taking cake decorating classes she made and decorated birthday and wedding cakes over the past forty years for family, friends and customers.
At six years of age she learned to knit and later learned to crochet at eight years of age. Since then she spent a life time making afghans, baby blankets, vests, sweaters, doll clothes, dishcloths, and mittens by the hundreds as well as many other items.
She is survived by her husband, Richard, four children –Christy (Steven) Weber, James (Linda), Paul (Tammy), and Faith (Scott) Sromalla, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her sister, Marian Rognsvoog, and her five daughters and their families also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son.
Relatives and friends may visit with the family at Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home on Tuesday, from 11:30 AM until the time of service.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM at Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home in Union Grove, with Rev. Steven Weber officiating.
Burial will follow at the Union Grove Memorial Cemetery.