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Beverly (Linn) Hollowell

Beverly J. (Linn) Hollowell

Monday, December 24th, 1934 - Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
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Obituary

Beverly “Bev” (Linn) Hollowell, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2020, at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman.

Bev was born December 24, 1934, to Frederick and Dolores (King) Rahn in Benton Harbor, MI, and graduated from Benton Harbor High School. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan, where she met her first husband, Dr. Frank Linn. The couple married in 1956, and together they raised three children.

Bev loved her community and was actively involved. She served on the Benton Township Planning Commission and the St. Joseph School Board, and was also active in many other community organizations. In her free time Bev loved to play tennis and became the very first member of the South Shore Racquet Club.

One of Bev’s greatest passions was antiques. She was an avid collector of fine furniture and housewares and served as president of her local Questers chapter. Her research eventually led to a career as a professional appraiser and owner of Bev Linn Sales, which for many years ran popular estate sales in Southwest Michigan.

In 1993, Bev married Thomas Hollowell at First Congregational Church in St. Joseph. They enjoyed traveling, sailing, vacationing in Florida, and building a new home together. Bev also enjoyed being active at church, always looking forward to heading up the Boutique for the rummage sales. She was always available to lend her nursing skills to dear friends and helped bring Hospice to Berrien County.

Her true joy came from her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren. Bev was a very active Nana, joining in on many vacations, school activities and loving every minute.

Bev is survived by her siblings, Dr. William (Wendy) Rahn, Nancy (Jack) Ross and Margaret (Norm) Pierson; children, Frank (Karen) Linn Jr., Nancy (Thomas) Fowler, and Christopher (Tricia Kellison) Linn; and stepchildren, Karen (Douglas) Meyers, Thomas (Tone) Hollowell Jr., Douglas (Alison) Hollowell, and Scot Hollowell. Also surviving are seventeen grandchildren, Kara, Andrew, Scott, Linny, David, Emily, Freddy, Joey, Katherine, Jacob, Lucas (Caitlyn), Per Thomas (Martina), Christian (Annie), William, Megan, Emma, and Prescot Jr.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Gwendolyn McEwen, her first husband, Frank Linn, and her husband, Thomas Hollowell.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Ln., St. Joseph, or to First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.
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Jim and Judy Wood

Posted at 07:25pm
Nancy and Tom, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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Heidi Siewert Schmaltz

Posted at 07:54am
Nancy & Family,
I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing. It was a pleasure getting to know her. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Heidi Siewert Schmaltz
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Robin Zollar

Posted at 08:13pm
Nancy and family. So sorry for the loss of your mother. It has been a long road for all. I like to think she is playing tennis and checking out all kinds of antiques now.
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Denise Foust

Posted at 10:27am
Bev and I were friends since 1980 and shared many great tennis experiences - the U. S. Open, Cincy Tennis trips, Michiana & USTA travel teams & Twin City Tennis. The photo below is from our trip to the U.S Open in 2006 - Bev, Sandy Barefield, Denise Foust, Mary Goff, Marla Schamp. She loved tennis & spending time with friends. She was always very upbeat, smiling and fun to be around. She was a lovely lady! I am praying her family feels God surrounding them with His love, peace and presence. Denise Foust
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Karen Dudiak

Posted at 11:57am
To Bev's family....I am very sorry to hear you have lost your Mom. Because I have been at South Shore since the beginning, I had the pleasure of knowing her for many years. She played tennis with the best of them, organized many a tennis mixer and yes, she was indeed, "Member #1". We talked about that many times over the years. A truly bright smile and even brighter spirit. My thoughts and prayers to you all.
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