This spring True Friends said goodbye to two incredibly influential friends of the organization.


Steve Holst

In May, Steve Holst, a long-time camper, staff member, traveler and amazing man passed away due to a heart attack. Steve spent over 40 years working at Camp Friendship!

During his eulogy by Steve's friend, Joanne Fieldseth, she had this to say:

"In 1987, Stevie was the very first recipient of the 'Friendship Award' for his help with fundraising and volunteer events. He was a member of the Owatonna Jaycees, Medford Knights of Columbus and Clearwater Lions. Every Memorial Day weekend, Stevie was at camp working on projects with his friends (including this most recent Memorial Day weekend with the Owatonna crew). He was also an avid traveler with Ventures Travel.

The Camp Friendship Auxiliary women loved him also! He may have grumbled when asked to do things at times, but you knew that he would do them and do so with a Cheshire cat grin before you thought about asking again.

A true friend, regardless of your status in life, he wanted nothing in return but your friendship. His gentle sweet soul, his beaming smile around his spikey stubble, the sparkle in those unforgettable twinkling eyes that made his whole face radiate. A beautiful, dedicated, loyal, simple man with a sprinkle of mischief!"

To read Steve's full eulogy click here.
To read Steve's obituary click here. 




John Cross

John Cross, a long-time supporter of True Friends, passed away on May 22, 2019.

According to his obituary, "John was his own man very early in life and throughout. A generous man who loved his friends and family, John always made time to keep in touch with old friends. Donating to many causes throughout his lifetime, especially ones that help disabled children, was just one way John showed his generosity, love, and concern."

To read John's full obituary click here.

True Friends is heartbroken at the loss of these two great individuals; each of whom has made a lasting impact on the organization.