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January 8, 1971 – Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Service Information
St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN
Saturday, March 7, 2015
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN
Friday, March 6, 2015
4-8 P.M.

Hoglund Klein, Holly E. age 44, of Maple Grove, tragically and unexpectedly passed away on March 3, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Stuart & Arleen Hoglund and Bernard & Muriel Kramer.

Holly was loved and will be dearly missed by husband Tom; children Gabriel, Devin & Elle; parents Wayne & Lisa Hoglund; siblings Heath (Mercedes) Hoglund, Rachel (Joe) Klein and Monique (Ryan) Bergan; also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Raised with the strong values of Family and Catholic tradition, instilled by Wayne and Lisa Hoglund, Holly stayed true to her foundations. She graduated in 1989 as the Salutatorian from Monticello High School, and went on to graduate with honors from the University of Saint Thomas, with a Masters’ Degree in International Management. After her graduation from college, she met the love of her life and married Tom Klein and began her beautiful family: Gabe her oldest son, Devin the second child and Elle the baby, and finally a girl. Holly was dedicated to her family, her church and to the ideals of Catholic education. Being the children’s number one fan, she spent countless hours watching her son’s football and basketball games, band concerts and plays, as well as her daughter’s basketball games. She was even the troop leader for Elle’s Girl Scout troop. She was an active member within the Saint Michael Catholic Church, being a leader within their CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish) program and providing funeral luncheon foods frequently. After working for several years as an operations manager for the Emerging Markets Division of Cargill, Inc., in 1999, she went back home to work in her family’s business, Hoglund Bus and Truck Co. Founded by her grandfather, Stuart, in 1947, Holly became the third-generation family owner, taking over from her parents, Wayne and Lisa. As President and Owner, Holly led an era of expansion and growth for the Hoglund Companies. She grew their sales territory in Minnesota and Iowa, taking on several new product lines, and expanded the Commercial Bus Sales into Wisconsin as well. She opened satellite service locations in Roseville and Lakeville. In 2007 she helped found a new company, Hoglund Body and Equipment, opening a full-service bus and truck body shop. During her 15 years with the company, Holly’s leadership has overseen growth from a local bus dealer with 40 employees to a regional leader in the transportation industry approaching nearly 90 employees. Holly’s crowning achievement was overseeing Hoglund’s awarding of 2013 National Dealer of the Year for IC/Navistar. Holly always demanded the best from herself and fully immersed herself in the business of transportation. She founded WIT (Women in Transportation), and was a member of these organizations: WBENC – Women’s Business Enterprise National Council ATD/NADA 20-group IC bus and International Truck Axalta 20-group body shop WPO (Women President’s Organization) IC Bus Dealer Advisory Board IC Bus Parts Focus Group (co-chair) NFIB Member MSBOA Executive Dealer Leadership Program She was a true leader in the growth of women’s involvement in the transportation industry, as well as being dedicated to her employees. Even as busy as her career kept her, she was an ever-present supporter of her family and a strong proponent of Catholic education. Her time and talents will be missed. Especially by those at Saint Michael Catholic School, Ave Maria Catholic School, and Saint Thomas Academy. She was loved, beloved and her legacy will live on in her deeds and contributions.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Michael Catholic School, Ava Maria Catholic School and St. Thomas Academy.

Visitation for Holly will be Friday, March 6 from 4-8 p.m. at the St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 7 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the mass all at St. Michael Catholic Church, 11300 Frankfort Parkway, NE, St. Michael, MN.

Serving the family… The Peterson Chapel St. Michael 763-497-5362

23 Guestbook Entries

  1. Todd and Linda Telin

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Linda and I are thinking of Holly’s children and the entire Hoglund family. We lost a great lady yesterday in this tragic accident. You have our deepest sympathies.

  2. Mike Skubic

    Our entire dealership extends its heartfelt sympathies to the Hoglund and Klein families for their immense loss.

  3. Paul/Wendy/Jenna/Kelsey Kocon

    Tom, Gabe, Devin, Elle and Family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you. We are sending thoughts and prayers your way.

    The Kocon’s

  4. Brian Sutlief

    To Tom and the kids:
    My heart breaks for you. As you already have found I’m sure, you have a lot of people to turn to for support including myself. I have been and will continue to pray for you and Holly.

  5. Justine Folkestad

    This obituary is beautiful and describes Holly so well. Holly was an incredible woman who always held tight to her strong family values. I have enjoyed many talks with her over the years and her family was the most important thing to her and she did it amazingly. Holly, I will miss your friendship, our talks at scrapbook camp and your friendly smiles. Rest in peace my dear friend. Tom, Gabe, Devon and Elle, there are no words to ease your pain. Your Mom loved you more than anything in this world. We are so sorry for your unimaginable loss. Sending you all a big hug.

  6. duane vetsch

    Dear Tom & family;
    My heartfelt sorrow and sympathy go out to all of you. I’m so glad I had the chance to get to know Holly and all of you over the past six years.
    She was an amazing woman and you are a great family… take comfort knowing that she was carried home to our Father in the sacred hands of our dear Lord and SAVIOR where she will see and be with our Father and all his angels forever. May God’s grace shower you from this moment forward and the peace of Christ be with you always.

    ” I never said it would be easy I only said it would be worth it to those who believe” Jesus


  7. julie anne ruch

    Dear Wayne, Lisa and family; I am so shocked and sad to hear of Holly’s accident. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. What a beautiful obituary. Holly was a great lady and she will be missed by all. I’m so sad for your families. RIP holly 🙁 Love, Julie from Russell’s on the Lake

  8. Ryan Gray

    From all of us at School Transportation News, our sincerest condolences to Holly’s family, friends and co-workers. I never had the honor of meeting Holly, but I know from the reaction of our readers that she was a great lady and a shining star in the industry.

  9. Steve, Mary Jo & Calvin

    Tom & kids,
    I cannot find the words to express our sympathy for your tragic loss. I am sure Holly is already in heaven looking down on this great family you two have created. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, wishing you comfort in the painful days ahead.

    The Kaspers

  10. Ben Rouw

    Words cannot express the level of sympathy I feel for the loss of Holly. She meant so much to so many of us. My family mourns for your families loss. She will never be forgotten and I promise her vision will live on. God bless the Hoglund / Klein families.

  11. Linda J. Rein

    To the entire Klein/Hoglund families, Holly was a wonderful person, from a wonderful family. She exemplified grace and humility in her everyday life, being an example to all of us by showing compassion and understanding. She left a lasting legacy in her kids, her professional life and all that were lucky enough to know her. I will miss her.

  12. Betsy Fredrickson

    Tom, Gabe, Devin and Elle- Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Holly’s smile, welcoming presence, generous heart and so many other wonderful qualities will be remembered by the many, many lives she’s touched.
    Scott, Betsy, Claire, Casey, Catherine and Caroline Fredrickson

  13. Bobbi Hoglund Tervo

    Your Wisconsin cousins are sending prayers up for the entire family. May God wrap his arms around all of you during this most difficult and tragic time.

  14. LuAnn Bleiler

    Holly was an inspiration to all women in transit. She treated all her client’s so respectfully. She will be missed.

  15. Debbie Augustson

    Even though I’ve worked for Hoglund Bus for less than two years I felt what a strong presence, warm personality, and great leader Holly was to us all. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers for the entire family.

  16. Jessica Kjeldergaard

    Tom,Gabe,Devin,Elle,Wayne, Lisa and your families:
    You have my truly deepest sympathy. Holly has touched so many lives in so many ways. Her drive and strength was so inspiring to me. The bus company will not be the same without her but we will continue to strive and make her proud. God bless all of you. Hugs to all!

  17. Martha Klein

    Tom and family; Our prayers are with all of you. May the souls of the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace. My son, Dylan Longley, lists you as his favorite teacher from STA 11′. I grew up in Monticello and know the Hoglund families, and would never forget Dylan’s favorite teachers name as I married a Klein. You all will be heavily in our prayers now and in the coming weeks. May eternal rest grant her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace!!!

  18. Charlotte Parsons

    Tom, Gabe, Devin, Elle and Family;
    I am so sorry to hear about the death of your wife and mother. She left many beautiful memories and examples for all of you to remember. Holly’s love of life and God impels me to share some beautiful scriptures that will help you through the coming months. Psalm 34:18; John 5:28-29; Psalm 37:10-11,29. I pray these will help heal your hearts.
    My sincere condolences

  19. Amrit, Rajvir, Onkar, and Kuljinder Johal

    Our entire family is highly saddened by the devastating news of Holly’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of the family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  20. Tim & Joyce Ahles

    So sorry for your loss. The Hoglund family is in our prayers and thoughts. She made a big difference and huge impact in her life.

  21. Justina Morosin

    My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Holly’s friends and family. I enjoyed working with Holly. We spoke frequently on how we could collectively make our businesses better every day. A piece of the IC Bus family is gone but Holly’s contributions, drive, and passion will never be forgotten.

  22. John Thompson

    My deepest sympathy to the Hoglund and Klein families. Holly was a vibrant personality and it was a pleasure working with her at IC Bus. Her kindness and consideration for all will be greatly missed.

  23. Scott Bosacker

    Our deepest condolences to the Hoglund Klein families and bus company in their loss of a true leader and amazing person.


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