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Charlotte Kaye Holmquist

Charlotte Kaye Holmquist

Charlotte Kaye Holmquist, 91, of Brainerd, passed away of natural causes on October 9, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Friends, acquaintances, and Corral Drive-In employees are invited to an open house celebration of her life from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21st at the family home, 201 Chippewa Street, in Brainerd.

Charlotte was born March 19, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Kenneth and Phoebe Liljeblad and graduated from Marshall High School in Minneapolis. As a young girl she contracted osteomyelitis, a bone infection that would have cost her a leg if she hadn't been lucky enough to be one of the first people treated with a new drug...penicillin.

On August 6, 1948 she married Fred Holmquist, a World War ll sailor and musician from Forest Lake, MN whom she had met several years earlier in California. They eventually settled in Brainerd where they raised their family of five children, owned and operated the Plaza Motel on South Sixth Street, and for forty years owned and operated the Corral Drive-In on East Washington Street. In 1997, after preparing many thousands upon thousands of burgers, fries, and root beer floats for Brainerd's residents and tourists, Charlotte and Fred retired and finally had time to enjoy "The Garden House", their home on the Mississippi River bank. There they cared for beautiful flower gardens, relaxed by their outdoor pool, took canoe trips on the river, and were entertained by many birds and visiting squirrels.

Charlotte also enjoyed cruising trips with her children, occasional adventures like her 2001 tandem sky-dive in celebration of her 75th birthday, and visiting with her fellow sewing club members who enjoyed each other's company for over sixty years.

Charlotte is survived by Fred, her husband of 69 years, her four daughters, Barb Pruett (Wes), Karla Hollinshead (Mathews), Sandy Gilmore, Allison McDonald (Mike), and her son John (Mercedes). Also surviving are her seven grandchildren: Michael (Nicole), Pat, and Chris (Sara) McDonald, Matt and Sarah (Eric Schulman) Pruett, Meg and Quincy Gilmore, her five "greats" as she called them, Andric, Ashlyn, Ethan, Alexander and Jocelyn, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and one sister.

Charlotte's family would like to offer special thanks to Brainerd LSS Meals on Wheels volunteers, the staff of Episcopal Homes Transitional Care Unit in St. Paul for their loving care, and to Mike Larson...the best of neighbors.

Memorials are referred to Brainerd's Lutheran Social Service Meals on Wheels program or to the Northland Arboretum.