Grace Frances Cunningham Holland, aged 85, residing in Indianapolis, IN, passed peacefully August 31, 2022 from lung cancer. Grace was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Marie Voggensberger and Grant Cunningham, Jr. Grace and John Holland were married in Brooklyn in April 1959. They settled in Indianapolis and raised four children. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 34 years, John, and daughter, Lorraine Holland.
Grace was a member of Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1958, Brooklyn, NY, and later obtained her Masters in Health Administration from Indiana University. She worked as a nursing supervisor at Winona Hospital for many years and finished her career at St Vincent’s Hospital. Grace also volunteered with the IU Hospice program for over 10 years and with many other organizations.
She loved travel and adventures and visited all 50 states, all seven continents, and more than 40 countries. Some of her traveling companions included friends from the Embroiderers Guild of Indianapolis and the Quilters Guild of Indy. Grace also enjoyed camping but her favorite camp was The Camp Tecumseh Quilt Camp where she was a frequent camper, made the best friends, and enjoyed the zip line! As a great-granddaughter of a tailor, she truly enjoyed sewing. Grace did charity sewing with the Quilters of Indianapolis, Angel Gowns, and Days for Girls. Grace also loved spending time with family, and attending hundreds of her grandchildren’s sporting events proved it!
Leaving a legacy of travel, quilts, courage, friendship, compassion, curiosity, creativity, and truly a green thumb, she is survived by her elder sister, Marian (William) Cerny, South Bend, IN; step-sister, Jane MacLagan, Rocky Point, NY; and children, Jeanette (Kevin Strunk), Indianapolis; Greg (Sue), Troy, OH; and Eileen, Brownsburg, IN; along with eight grandchildren, Meredith, Karen, Sean Strunk; Patrick (Molly), Brian, Megan (Andrew), and Grant Holland; and Ethan Hicks. Her first great-grandchild, James Holland, was welcomed into the family after her passing.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis on Saturday November 12. Visitation will begin at 10AM with mass at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Sisters of St Joseph, or a charity of your choice.
The family is grateful to Care Hospice for their care and support over the last nearly three years, and even greater recognition to daughter, Eileen, and grandson, Ethan, who provided countless hours of love and care to Grace inside their home.
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Published by A.R.N. Funeral and Cremation Services – Zionsville on Sep. 22, 2022.