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Theodore John Holmlund, was born May 06, 1905 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York and died July 04, 1973 in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York.  He was the son of Johan Vilhem Holmlund and Amanda Gustava Anderson.  

Ted had the misfortune to lose both of his parents early in childhood.  He was raised on a farm near Hamburg by an aunt and uncle.  For years one of his duties was to milk and feed the cows before breakfast and before going to school in the mornings.

God conferred on Ted a beautiful tenor voice and a deep desire to study medicine.  After completing his pre-medical studies at the University of Buffalo, he graduated from medical school in 1929.  He financed his way through school singing in church choirs on Sunday mornings.  He attained the distinction of being the highest paid church soloist in the city of Buffalo.  He married Dorothy Potter February 01, 1930 in Hamburg, New York, daughter of Joseph and Flora Potter. She was born April 11, 1905 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, and died January 05, 2000 in Newton, New Jersey.  Ted and Dorothy had two children:  James and David.  After completing his internship at the Lady of Victory hospital in Lackawanna, Ted settled in Cattaraugus, where he practiced until 1943, when he moved to Jamestown.  After World War II began, he attempted to enlist in the Navy, but was not accepted when x-rays revealed some healed tuberculosis scars.

In 1953, he suffered a severe coronary attack.  Subsequently, he had many painful recurrences which culminated in open-heart surgery in 1966.  While he survived the open heart surgery he was continued to be bothered by coronary problems.

Helen Arlene Rein was born in Jamestown, New York, on July 25, 1925. Born to Melvin and Hilda Johnson Rein, Helen was the youngest of three siblings. Helen had an older brother, Caryl, and an older sister, Louise. In 1929, Melvin's employment caused the family to move to Cambridge Springs. Helen graduated from Cambridge High School in 1943, having excelled in among other interests, basketball and piano. She continued her education at the WCA Hospital School of Nursing, beginning in 1943 and graduating in 1946. 

She married Marshall Jones in 1946. They were secretly married, as the nursing school forbade marriage prior to graduation. Nancy Helen Jones was born to their marriage on August 4, 1947. Helen and Marshall divorced around 1949. Helen began working as a nurse at a hospital and later worked as an office nurse for Ted. 


Ted and Helen were married January 15, 1955, and moved to a house on Hunt Road in Lakewood, New York. Ted adopted Nancy. Ted and Helen had four boys: Jon, Mark and Steve (identical twins), and Jeff.

After marrying Ted, Helen retired from nursing and dedicated herself to being a mother to her children. She was an excellent cook and chauffeur, taking the boys to baseball, swimming and other activities.

Away from the worries of his work, Ted took great delight in looking after the welfare of the Jamestown Falcons.  Many people could testify to the happiness he received from taking his gang of boys to the ball games.

Ted was always devoted to his patients and their welfare was his chief concern.  As a colleague, he was serious, concerned and totally reliable.  To know him was to have a friend.  A friend, Dr. Marvin Seigel, once said of Ted, "He was my good friend, unassuming and always thoughtful and would constantly state that he thought he and I were very much alike.  I find that a warm and kindly thought."


Helen had many accomplishments. Her children still remember hearing her playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2. She sewed beautifully and knitted. She bowled every week and was quite good. She also loved to golf and play bridge. She loved to go antiquing with friends and to take painting classes. She and Ted enjoyed fishing together. Generally she made friends easily and loved to have fun.


Ted died on July 4th, 1973 in his office in Jamestown after practicing medicine for over 30 years.

Helen was a member of the First Covenant Church, where she taught Sunday school. She was known for her strong faith and motivation, even when faced with an illness that would eventually take her life. She discovered that she had cancer at age 42. Her favorite scripture was Isaiah 40:31: Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.  She died September 26, 1975.


After Helen's death, Mark, Steve and Jeff went to live with Nancy and her husband, Bruce, in Boise, Idaho.


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