Holly M. (Griffin) Amunson

Holly M. (Griffin) Amunson

Holly M. (Griffin) Amunson, age 46, of Dubuque, passed away at 10:50 p.m., on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at her home with her loving family at her side, after a short battle with cancer. To celebrate Holly’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 15, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Family and friends may also visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, before going to Mt. Olivet Cemetery for committal services. Due to COVID-19 concerns, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. The family also appreciates you honoring their privacy by refraining from taking photos or videos of the celebration of her life.

Holly was born on April 29, 1974, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Tim and Rita (Connolly) Griffin.

Holly grew up in Dickeyville, Wisconsin and graduated from Cuba City High School, Class of 1992. She would eventually move to Dubuque and go to work as a merchandising manager with TJ Maxx. Holly truly loved her job and valued all of the friendships she made while working there. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Brent Amunson, on August 27, 2016, at the Farley Memorial Hall. Holly was very generous with her time and talents, volunteering and participating in several charitable events throughout the years. In her free time, she enjoyed watching her beloved Dallas Cowboys play football, rooting on her favorite NASCAR drivers and listening to country music. Holly was a wonderful daughter, wife, mom and friend. She had an energetic spirit and definitely lit up the room every time she walked into it. Holly will be deeply missed and will live on in our hearts forever.

Those left to cherish Holly’s memory include

her husband,
Brent Amunson, Dubuque, IA;

her son,
Brady Amunson, Dubuque, IA;

her mother,
Rita Griffin, Dubuque, IA;

her father,
Tim Griffin, Epworth, IA;

her step-mother,
Kathy Griffin, Epworth, IA;

her step-sister, Sara and her step-brother, Damian, both of Dubuque, IA;

her grandmother,
Betty Griffin, Dubuque, IA;

her brother,
Gage (Megan) Griffin, Platteville, WI;

a special niece,
Carolyn Rutherford, Dubuque, IA;

a special aunt,
Caroline Griffin, Philadelphia, TN;

her in-laws,
Keith and Jo Amunson, Dyersville, IA;

her sister-in-law,
Kristi Amunson, Massachusetts;

a very special friend who was like a 2nd mom to Holly,
Janann Kieler;

and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Holly’s family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff of the MercyOne Cancer Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their support and compassionate care of Holly and her entire family.

The family will thankfully receive your support through floral arrangements (especially in her favorite color, PINK), phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Holly’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Holly Amunson Family.



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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
January 15th, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
January 16th, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

11 condolences for Holly M. (Griffin) Amunson
  1. Miriam Eick says:

    Dear Brent, Brady and extended family, My sincere sympathy to each one of you as your mourn the death of this young, gorgeous woman we call Holly. As you walk in the valley of darkness, please know that not only today, but days prior you have been in my thoughts and prayers. It is so peaceful to think Holly has now reaped the rewards of living life to its fullest and she suffers no more the pangs of this world. Holly manifested both internal beauty as well as external beauty which makes saying goodbye much more difficult. Brent, you and Brady form a team that I will be cheering on for years to come. Go Team Go. Rah, Rah, Rah! You are so special in my eyes as well as your dad, mom, sister and extended family. May Holly rest in peace. Farewell my special friend. Miriam Eick

  2. Dawn Stelpflug says:

    A Beautiful soul taken too soon! I’ll miss seeing her at TJMax, she always had a few minutes to talk and share a laugh. My deepest sympathy to Brent,Brady and all those who loved her! Rest in Peace Holly!

  3. Kelli McPoland says:

    A Beautiful person inside and out was take way to soon. Brent, Brady and family I am thinking of you guys during this difficult time. Holly was a great woman. She was the type of person that if you had a bad day, she was lifting you up. Fly high Holly, we miss you.

  4. Deetta J Jackoniski says:

    Our deepest thoughts go out to all of Holly’s family. To Brent and Brady, know that she is an Angel that will be constantly watching over you and guarding you at every moment. To her Mom and Dad, her brother, her aunt’s and uncles and her Grama, Betty, talk of her often and keep her memory alive. We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your horrible loss.

  5. Robyn & Mike Fagan says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.

  6. Lori Murphy says:

    Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathies. Rest in Peace Holly.

  7. Cathy White says:

    Dear Holly – You will be truly missed by all lives you have touched. I loved working with you each and everyday at Eagle Country Market. We need more people like you here on earth. God Bless you and your family….

  8. John and Sue Dalsing says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time, you have our deepest sympathies, may she rest in peace.

  9. Daniel White says:

    Tim and family,
    Very sorry to hear about your loss, you’re in my prayers.

  10. Mrs. Murphy and Ms. Noonan says:

    Your Eisenhower family is here for you, Brady! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your teachers and friends are excited to see you when you come back to school!

  11. Mary Alyce Brunskill says:

    I am so shocked and saddened to read of Holly’s death here in Arizona. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I was Holly’s high school counselor and she quickly won my heart with her contagious laughter, huge smile and sparkling eyes. She did light up the room with her presence and she was a “sweetheart” to work with. Know that she brought happiness to me and so many in her short life. She was unforgettable.
    With sympathy, Mary Alyce Brunskill

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