Cecelia L. Lindholm, 99: Enjoyed collecting rocks and skygazing

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Cecelia L. Lindholm, 99, died Nov. 27 at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford.

Lindholm was born Feb. 20, 1912 in Cape Elizabeth, the daughter of Harry C. Sweetsir and Mary Isabell Messer. She grew up at her family home on Sweetsir Road, and attended Cape Elizabeth schools.

On June 6, 1936, she married Albert M. Lindholm and they lived in Scarborough for 72 years. She was a homemaker and helped with the family business, Lindholm Greenhouse, for many years.

She was a member of the Scarborough Pythian Sisters for over 50 years and worked for several charities including March of Dimes and United Way.

In her spare time Lindholm enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, and traveling to places like Sweden, Las Vegas, Florida, and North Carolina. She had a true passion for collecting rocks of different types and shapes and liked to find patterns in cloud formations. She enjoyed going to bean suppers with her friends, and parking at Pine Point Beach to watch the boats and wildlife. She enjoyed listening to the music of Don Messer, Don Campbell and Elvis.

Lindholm was predeceased by her husband of 49 years in 1986 and by her five brothers, Clinton, Alonzo, Ralph, Harold, and Lewis, and their wives. Also predeceasing her were nieces Lillian Sizemore, Betty Rice and nephew Dick Sweetsir.

She is survived by her daughter Shirley O’Malley and her husband Peter of Old Orchard Beach; son Albert M. Lindholm Jr.; four step-grandchildren, Margaret Napalitano of Scarborough, Christine Smith and her husband Alfred of Portland, Peter T. O’Malley of Charlottesville, Va., and Michael P. O’Malley and partner James Daly of Vero Beach, Fla.; eight step-great grandchildren, Kristy Smith and partner Luke Bennet, Kayla Smith and partner Pete Garcia, Megan Murphy, Michelle Gerrish, Amanda O’Malley, Cabell, Maggie and Jack O’Malley; four step-great-great grandchildren Elizabeth, Colby, Emma, and Jackson; cousin Myrtle Reed of Arcade, N.Y. and her family; nieces Violet Newcom of Windham and Carlene Mudie, and Donna Newton of Norridgewock; nephews Phil Sweetsir of China, Kenneth and wife Rosie of Sarasota, Fla.; great grand nieces and nephews Bill, Linda, Robert, Joanne, Julie, Penny, Butch, Cathy, Michael, Shelley, Theresa, Tracy and Tammy; and all her nieces and nephews in Florida.

Visiting hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 2 with a service following at Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 U.S. Rt. 1, Scarborough. All are invived to a light lunch following the service. Internment will take place at Black Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 U.S. Rte. 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105.

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