The Legacy of Sharing
“She was always sharing!” according to Bonnie Mackie regarding her mother, Alverna Holmlund. Alverna lived all of her life in the Frewsburg area, most of it on the family farm and was very active in her church, Kiantone Congregational Church. Alverna was a polio survivor, who was constantly on the go. She was a farmer, an organizer, cook and hostess of many gatherings at home and at church, an owner/operator and decorator at Holmlund’s Paint and Paper and a quilter of many treasured quilts.
Alverna began quilting in the 1970’s, according to her family, following in the footsteps of her mother. She quilted on a weekly basis with the Ladies Aid Society at her church. The ladies would gather at the church around a large quilt frame hand-stitching quilts that would be donated to raise funds for missions. Alverna loved piecing the quilt tops together and continued to make quilt tops until her eye-sight made quilting too difficult. She made many quilts throughout her life; giving them away to others.
At the age of 91, Alverna was diagnosed with cancer. Within a short time she began to receive palliative care through Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. While under CHPC care, she enjoyed music therapy with a Music Therapist. Her friends from church would often join in the sing-a-long as the therapist played the guitar. As her cancer progressed, Alverna began to receive hospice care and eventually passed away at the age of 93.
After Alverna’s passing her family continued the gift of sharing that Alverna taught them. Six quilts that Alverna made have been given to CHPC, along with several others, to give to patients we serve. Thank you to the Busti Quilter’s Guild for the many quilts they donate to CHPC patients. And thank you, Alverna, for your legacy of giving.