Elaine Hollabaugh1927 - 2017
Elaine Emma Hollabaugh age 90,
died in Rogers City on November 24, 2017.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, June 10, 1927, she was
the eldest child of Herbert and Hilda (Schultz) Potter.
Elaine graduated from Waite High School in 1945 winning a $100.00
scholarship which paid her tuition for her first year at Bowling Green
State University, Her favorite studies were children’s literature and
journalism, She loved reporting for the Bee Gee News which proved
helpful in later years. Her college days were over once she met
George W. Hollabaugh, a returning soldier from World War II. The couple
married August 26, 1948 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio.
Learning to cook and bake at an early age, Elaine enjoyed the role of
homemaker and mother to two sons, Mark and Matthew. Leaving Toledo in
1955, the family moved to Alpena, later to Cedarville, and eventually to
Rogers City where Elaine had always longed to live. She was happy to
move into the century-old Hornbacher farmhouse on the hill. After her
sons finished high school, Elaine graduated from the Institute of
Children’s Literature and began freelance writing, specializing in articles
about creators of books for children, She is published in Young World,
This Day, Young Miss, The Bond, Lutheran Libraries, Scope, A Simple
Life, Bend of the River, and Detroit News Magazine, to name a few. In
1980 Elaine created a newsletter for fans of Tasha Tudor, a children’s
book illustrator. Elaine’s subscriber list grew into the hundreds with fans
in every state during the 20 years of publication. Elaine delighted in
giving elaborate tea parties for granddaughters, Sarah and Emily, their
friends and dolls, Elaine loved reading, braiding wool rugs, baking
cookies and playing her 1895 piano for group singing when entertaining
friends and relatives. Sometimes she played the organ for services at
St. John Lutheran Church in Hagensville and later at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Ocqueoc where she was a member.
She is survived by:
two sons, Dr. Mark (Jon Moe) Hollabaugh of Woodbury, Minnesota and
Matthew (Kathy) Hollabaugh of Rogers City;
grandchildren, Scott (Rachelle) Hollabaugh, Sarah (Scott) McQueer,
Emily Hollabaugh, Peter Moe, and David Moe;
great-grandchildren Audrey Hollabaugh, Christian Hollabaugh,
Austin McQueer, Ethan McQueer, and
a brother, Herbert G. (“Skip”) Potter,
a sister, Shirley A. Helmke, and
humerous nieces and nephews,
Elaine was preceded in death by:
her husband George on February 20, 1996, and
by brother-in-law Henry A, Helmke and
sister-in-law Beverly A, Potter,
Friends may visit at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4512 N Ocqueoc Rd, on
Monday, December 11, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.through time of her memorial
service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Bonn officiating.
Inurnment will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Sunrise Shore, St. John
Lutheran Church ~ Hagensville, or Trinity Lutheran Church ~ Ocqueoc.