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MARQUETTE – John Eric Lindholm, 84, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Saturday, September 11, 2021, under the loving care of his family.

John was born on March 26, 1937 to Marquette de Ellert and Sadie (Akkala) Lindholm. He grew up in Marquette and graduated from John D. Pierce School, class of 1955.

After graduation, he enrolled at Northern Michigan University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in education in 1959 and later his master’s degree in education in 1965.

At several times in his life, John casually joked that from grade school to college, he never had to leave campus. John began his educational career as a teacher in Dearborn Township for six years.

On August 21, 1965, John and former Margaret (Maggie) Wiita married in Calumet in the First Lutheran Apostolic Church.

The couple moved to Niles, Michigan, where John began his work as a special education coordinator. They returned to the Upper Peninsula in 1969 and established their home in Escanaba where John began working for the Delta-Schoolcraft ISD. In 1979, he was appointed director of special education.

In 1993, he received the Beekman Award for Best Director of Special Education for the State of Michigan. Upon retirement in 1999, the couple returned to Marquette where they worked for twelve years as Supervisor of Student Teachers for NMU.

In his spare time he served on the board of directors of Pathways Mental Health and was an active member of the board and choir of Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette and Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba. John loved the outdoors and was an avid skier until the late 1970s. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time at the camp he and Maggie built on Big Shag Lake. Above all, John’s family and friends were the most important to him. He and Maggie cherished every family reunion at camp and at their home.

His parents died before him.

Survivors include his 56-year-old wife, Maggie; her four children, Jennifer (Scott) Patchin of Holland, Michigan, Britt (David) Campbell of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sarah (Jon) Ruuska of Marquette and Charlie (Michele) Lindholm of Rockford, Michigan; 14 grandchildren, Ben, Ana, Mia and Aubrey Patchin, Kate, Pete and Ted Campbell, Olivia, Charlie and Hannah Ruuska and Carter, Owen, Gus and Vivienne Lindholm; his sister Joan (Lou) Myefski of Marquette; her sister-in-law, Kay Honkala of Ishpeming and her brother-in-law, James (Eileen) Wiita of Lake Linden and several nieces and nephews.

Visitations will be held at the Messiah Lutheran Church on Saturday September 18, 2021 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Immediately after the service, a luncheon will be held in the reception hall of Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made at Bay Cliff Health Camp, N4175 County Road KCA, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral Home serves the family. Online condolences can be made at


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