Holly Marie Bossenbery

Holly BossenberyHolly was born August 26, 1993, in Lansing.  She left her earthly family so unexpectedly to be with her Lord on January 30, 2011.  She was a senior at Holt High School where she was actively involved with the school store, environmental club and had numerous friends.  Holly’s passion was dance, performing and competing in various styles.  Her best gifts were her amazing smile and compassion for others, leaving a lasting impact on all who met her.  Her vibrant presence will be missed dearly!

She leaves behind her loving family:  her mother, Christine (Chris Kidd); father, Mark Bossenbery; her big brother, Christopher; extended siblings, Ashley and Brittany Kidd and Eric Spriggs; her grandparents; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 3, 2011, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3815 S. Cedar St., Lansing, with The Rev. Fr. John A. Byers officiating.  The family will receive friends at a memorial visitation at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Christine Bossenbery on behalf of Holly, for a memorial fund to be distributed at a later date.

“Beautiful!  From walking down the hallway to gracefully gliding across the stage, there was that one word that described my sister.  From playing ‘Bronco’ with our cousins in our basement to watching her get dressed for prom, she never failed to glow.  Beautiful also describes the way she loved my mother, father, me, and everyone that came into her life.  Never quick to judge, never holding grudges, her heart never failed to love to its fullest.  Any who knew Holly knew her true beauty and the way she touched everyone so gracefully.”

Love, Christopher Mark Bossenbery

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Diane Leitch-Martinez Family
January 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Bossenbery family over your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.

Jeff Ramsey
January 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Our hearts are broke…Mark, Christine and Chris, you are in our prayers!! Love, The Ramsey’s

Shelly (Bilkovic) Raab
January 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm

We are deeply saddened by your loss..cannot imagine the pain you are feeling . We are praying for all of you, and your entire family. Words will never be able to express how this will affect so many. God bless and keep you at this most difficult time.

Austin Hawkins
January 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm

we are all very sorry for you loss. I just cant think of the pain that your family is going through right know. Again I am very sorry for your loss and my prayers are with your family in this trying time.

Adam Rafels
January 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I’m sorry this happened. Words can’t express my sorrow.

Kelly Basoukeas and Family
January 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

To my loving friend and her family . . . your children are like my own. You are in our prayers and broken hearts. Call on me and I will be there. May God be with you at this time of sorrow, All our love.

Mrs. Riddle and Family
January 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

We are thinking of you during this time of great loss. Holly will always be remembered for her beautiful eyes, smile, and tremendous warmth. These are all outer reflections of her inward beauty. Mrs. Bossenbery, Mr. Bossenbery, Christopher, Chris, and extended siblings, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sheila Stephenson
January 31, 2011 at 9:36 pm

We can not begin to imagine the pain your family is feeling at this time. Our thoughts and prayers to out to your family during this difficult time. Stephenson/Harris family

Emily Lenhard
January 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Holly, you are stunning- my heart breaks for your beautiful family. I remember seeing you all on weekends at church and soccer games. R.I.P. <3

Betty Porter
January 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm

My deepest sympathies to you Christine, Mark, Chris and the rest of Holly’s family and friends. You are in my prayers. Love, Betty Porter

Susan Mihelich
January 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm

To the Bossenbery & Smola Families,

With the deepest & heart felt sympathy for the loss of a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you the strength to get through this difficult time.

Curt and Marilyn Nichols
January 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Christine, (Chris), Christopher, Mark:
Our hearts go out to you and all your family during this difficult time. (OMG!) Holly always had the biggest and heart-warming smile during our gatherings. What a gem! She is in a beautiful place and smiling.
Wish we could be there, but with the forecast of Michigan weather… You will be in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Curt and Marilyn

Brenda Rayle
January 31, 2011 at 10:52 pm

You don’t really know me, but Evan Fischer is my son. He and Holly were very good friends. My heart is heavy and I know there are no words that will ease the pain you are feeling. I will continue to pray for all of you. Holly continues to touch the lives of many…what a sweet and beautiful girl!

Meredith Harper
January 31, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Holly, I love you. Christine and Chris: it was a blessing to know your daughter. I will forever cherish my memories of her beautiful soul.

Joye Cochran
February 1, 2011 at 6:24 am

We love you all! I will forever miss her smile and hugs.

Janis McCrackin
February 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

My heart goes out to all of you. I wish there were words to express what my heart feels. Your entire Ingham family keeps you in our prayers and thoughts. God will see you through this. Remember “Footsteps”? When you see only one set of footprints in the sand, it is these times when He carries you through. Just know that we all love you and care for you and if there is anything we can do, please ask. Holly is in a safe place and will watch over you all and protect you too. Take care of yourselves.

Dave and Michelle Harper
February 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

Our heart goes out to all of you. Words cannot express what we are feeling. All of your are in our prayers and thoughts. May God give you strength, peace and comfort.

Rose Griffin Cave Creek AZ
February 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

My prayers are with all immediate and extended family as well as friends of this beautiful light. She radiates beyond. May you come close in love to share your loss.

P.E. @ Holt HS
February 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

What a beautiful angel. I can tell she is and will be loved forever and always. You must be a wonderful family and you will continue to be a wonderful family until you are all together again. She must have loved her mom, dad and brother very much because it shows in the love she has received in return. I did not have the privilege of knowing Holly personally but know that another very special person crossed my life path …

Robert Fandel and Family
February 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

No one can ever understand or comprehend why these things happen. You both raised her as an amazing individual that touched so my lives. Holly will live on in the thoughts and memories for those who knew her for many years to come. Our family shares in your pain during this difficult time, and you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill & Amy Strauss family
February 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Our deepest sympathies go out to Mark, Christine, and Christopher, and all of the family and friends who loved Holly so much. I can picture her like yesterday, a lovely little girl sitting in the church pew with her loving family, a young girl helping out as an altar server. And more than anything, that beautiful smile that she had always bestowed on everyone around her. Our prayers are with all of you.

Stanley Smola & Family
February 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Uncle Stanley Smola, Paul, Peggy and Family, Bobbie and Family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this tradgic time. We are heartbroken and can’t believe this has happened. It is truly a nightmare. We are truly heartbroken. Please, take care of your self. You will be in our prayers. God Bless You.

The Cheadle Family
February 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Mark, Christine, and Chris:

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers for the loss of Holly. She was a very beautiful lady and will be greatly missed.

Jeff, Kristie, Adam, and Michael

Tom & Mary Ann Smola
February 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Wish we could be with you at this difficult time, but you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Know that Holly will forever be in our hearts and thoughts. Love you all….Uncle Tom and Aunt Mary Ann

Karen (Porter), Mike, Michael and Michela Arondoski
February 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm

To sweet Chris and her family,
I wish there was something I could say that would make it better. I wish I could take away the pain, numbness and anguish you are dealing with. We will continue to pray for you and your family.
The Arondoski Family

February 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

I don’t know your family but, when a child passes, it affects everyone. I am so sorry for your loss, I have children that are her age and cannot imagine. Prayers for you during this most difficult time of your life.

Daniela Gjermundnes
February 2, 2011 at 9:10 am

Holly was a wonderful person inside and out. She gave me a lot of fun and hapiness. She always made me smile and laugh. What´s hapened to her is terrible and I just wish this never happened to Holly because she was great. I too have to say a thing about her smile and that is: It was beautiful and lightend up the whole room, so did her laughter.
I will miss her very much, she was my friend and cousin.


Angela (Miles) Sarcone
February 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

I don’t have the words to express my sorrow at the loss of your daughter, Holly. I did not know her but knew Mark and Christine from way back. Looking at her picture, I’d say she looks as pretty as her Mom–I, too, have a daughter a little older than Holly, and would be heartbroken at her loss. Just know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Angela—cousin to Karen Smola–

Heather Peterson
February 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

I have been Holly’s biology and Human Physiology teacher over the years and she was currently in my 5th hour class. She was such a joyful young lady and so graceful. She is very missed by all of us. Holly had gone through her struggles in school and had grown into such a dedicated student. She was so proud of a quiz grade she got just last week. I am so deeply saddened by her loss and my heart goes out to all of you. I also had Chris in school and my heart goes out to you as well. You were such a wonderful big brother to Holly and she loved you so very very much. She would talk about you often and her face would light up. I wanted you to know that the teachers and staff at Holt High school are thinking of you and miss Holly very much.

Shawn Schafer
February 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Pretty Holly,
I love you, I will never be able to make your favorite chocolate chip cookies without thinking of you. You would fight for those things! You were such a good friend to Makenzie, I loved to hear the sound of you two cracking up laughing in her bedroom. I know you will be a special dancing angel that watches over Kenzie. I tell her to talk to you when she is missing you, I know you hear her. We see you everywhere in our house, in every room there is a memory. I loved to jump on Kenzie’s bed with the both of you & just “girl talk”. I miss you now and always will. The note you wrote me on my car window is still there and I think of you every time i look at it. Rest In Peace. Keep on Dancing.
Momma Schafer

Sherry Anderson
February 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Dear Chris and family,

Please know that you and your family are in my family’s prayers. I met you once at IRMC and my daughter Jessica thinks the world of you. We are all so very sorry for your loss.

Sherry Anderson and family

Tom, Diane and Brooke Palmer
February 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Christine, Mark, Christopher, Smola and Bossenberry Families,

We are so sorry for your loss and that we can’t be there to wrap our arms around you and ease some of your pain. Please know that our heart felt sympathy goes out to all of you. Holly has become a beautiful Angel to Shine and Guide over all of you. She will never be forgotten, hold her close in your hearts forever. May you feel God’s arms holding you up during this very difficult time and place the difficulties at his feet that you cannot bere. You are all on our hearts and in our prayers.

The Palmer Family~Friends of the Smola Family

February 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm

May she rest in peace now and always. she will never be forgotten so many people miss her. She was Beautiful.

Kelli Cotter and Carol Blacker
February 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

IRMC Pharmacy
We just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and want you to know how sorry we are for your loss. You and your whole family are in our prayers.

jane johnson
February 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

may you find peace at this difficult time,my prayers are with you all.

Barb Palmer
February 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Christine – I can’t imagine the position you find yourself in today, but know that you are strong, loving and faithful, and will find peace in knowing that Holly is with her Heavenly Father, and will know no more pain or suffering.

Please know that you are surrounded by prayers and the love of your many friends.

“Holly has slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced on laughter-silvered wings, trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out her hand, and touched the face of God.” May she rest in peace.

Linda Quesnell
February 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm

May God hold you in his arms and loved forever.

Patti Osantowski
February 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

To Mark and to all the Bossenbery Family. I am so sad for all of you. Holly was a beautiful girl. It makes you wonder why God would let something like this happen. It just doesn’t seem fair. I can only imagine how all of you must be feeling. I am with deepest sympathy for you all and if there is anything I can do please let me know. Please, keep the Faith. Faith is the only thing that helped me when my parents and sister passed away. You WILL see her again.Love to you all.

Betsy Oberg
February 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I just learned last night that Holly was one of the people in the accident. I didn’t recognize her picture, she was just a little girl when I last saw her. She grew into a beautiful young woman. What a gift God gave you. He called her home much too soon. May the love of God, family and friends surround you and sustain you at such a difficult time.

Kinzie Ryan
March 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

Holly was an amazing friend. we all loved her so much. i still cry to this day because i miss her so much. My Cousin Zackrey Yager lights up every time we talk about her. he really does miss her…. we all do. My thoughts and prayers are with You Chris and Family.

Andy Denton
July 1, 2014 at 12:43 am

She was my friend,link and I’ll miss her


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