Ellen Holder

Date of Passing:

March 9, 2018

Holder, Ellen V., 66, formerly of Maple Avenue, died peacefully on March 9, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of David P. Holder.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Albert and Victoria (Michalski) Osterholm, she lived in Barrington for 23 years and Narraganset for 18 years.

Ellen was a former communicant of Holy Angels Church and a former Girl Scout Leader. She was a volunteer at the East Providence Animal Shelter, Barrington School Library and Meals on Wheels.

Besides her husband of 47 years, she is survived by her children, Alicia Jones of Pawtucket, Jessica Sousa and her husband Jason of Barrington, Paul D. Holder of Narragansett and Tara Holder of Barrington; a grandson, Jason Sousa of Barrington; a sister, Laura Bedard of Fort Myers, Florida; a half –sister, Laurie Koivu of Virginia and several nieces and nephews. She was a sister of the late Albert and Matthais Osterholm.

Her funeral will be held on Wednesday March 14, 2018 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Church, Maple Avenue, Barrington at 10 a.m. Calling hours are WEDNESDAY MORNING 8-9 a.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Ellen’s memory to the Volunteer Services for Animals, East Providence Fund, P.O. Box 6263, Providence, RI 02940 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Dear David and Family,

    So very sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. She was a lovely lady and we have fond memories of her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. With deepest sympathy and love.

  2. David, We were so sorry to hear about Ellen’s passing . Please know that all of you are in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.

  3. Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family. Sorry to learn of Ellen’s passing.
    Cousins Anthony, Paula and Gina

  4. David , we were so saddened to hear of Ellen’s passing. Please know that you & your entire family are in our heart & prayers during this very difficult time. God Bless.

  5. Dear David and family,
    My deepest condolences for your loss! I can remember Ellen when I was a little girl going over to Juliana and Buzzy’s house! So many years have past. Such great memories!! May she rest in peace!! May God give you the strength to get through this difficult time!

  6. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy on Ellen’s passing. May God bless you and your entire family

  7. To the Family of Ellen Holder,
    So sorry to learn about the loss of your Dear Loved One, Ellen. Please know that so many people share your grief with you to help you through this difficult time of sorrow. Please accept my deepest condolences as we await the time when Christ Jesus will awaken all those who have fallen asleep in death; including your Beloved, Ellen.
    (John 11:41-44)

  8. My deepest sympathies and prayers for your family.

    Cousin Lois, Lori and Eric

  9. Dave, so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Ellen. May she rest in peace.

  10. Ellen was a wonderful person. She was my daughter’s girl scout leader.
    My deepest sympathy and prayers to all the family. God be with you.

  11. David Holder and Family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My husband Roy and Ellen were friends at the bus stop.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Ann-Marie Canders

  12. Dad, Alicia, Tara, Jess&Paul..I am extremely sorry for your loss. I will always remember how pleasant your Mom was. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

  13. Dearest sister you will be greatly missed. I am so sorry you had to leave us all so early in your life. May you be at peace now.

  14. Ellen And I met when we became Girl Scout leaders together because our girls didn’t have a leader.We remained friends ever since and our husbands became best of friends.Make sure you see Tony on haven.
    I will miss you dearly!
    Love always and forever

  15. David, very to hear of your wife’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. Frank Orlando

  16. David, we are deeply saddened to hear of Ellen’s passing. May God embrace you and your family during this difficult time.

  17. Alicia, deepest sympathies to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers to everyone.

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