Kathryn 'Kay' Elizabeth Holer

Jun 11, 2014

Battle of the Bulge Evacuation Nurse

WAYNESVILLE — Kathryn "Kay" Elizabeth Holer, 92, of Waynesville, went to her heavenly home Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born in Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota, Nov. 8, 1921, to the late Carl Rudolph and Ella Christine Pierson Nordgren.

Kay courageously served as a U.S. Army nurse with the 105th Evacuation Hospital during WWII in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. She served in the European Theater for 18 months. She was a volunteer for 25 years at Haywood Christian Ministry and Haywood County Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the American Legion Post 75 in Delphi, Indiana, the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association and Maple Grove United Methodist Church in Waynesville where she was active in the United Methodist Women.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Henry Holer; son, Henry Rand Holer; and a brother, Russell Nordgren.

Survivors include daughters, Linda Alexander, of Waynesville, Lucy Weyls and her husband, David, of Noblesville, Indiana; daughter-in-law, Myra Holer, of Charlotte; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a nephew, Mike Nordgren.

A memorial service celebrating Kay's life will be held 3 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Maple Grove United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be held at 10 a.m. prior to the memorial service at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Haywood Christian Ministry, 150 Branner Ave., Waynesville, NC 28786, Maple Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 48, Waynesville, NC 28786, or a humane society near you in memory of her beloved dog, Sparky, and her "granddogs."

A guest registry may be signed at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com.