Sarah Holmes-Grogan, formerly a resident of Newport News, Virginia since 1960 and
more recently, Williamsburg, Virginia since 1996, passed away peacefully in her sleep on
July 18, 2022.
Sarah was born to the late William and Mary Krapf on January 11, 1923 in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania. She was the 9 th of 10 children. Sarah graduated from Meyers High
School, in Wilkes-Barre in 1941. She was married to the late John R. Holmes in 1942
until his passing in 1992. Together, they are survived by their 7 Children: Kathy and
Charles Cayce of Atlanta, Georgia; John R. Holmes, II and Monica Holmes of
Jacksonville, North Carolina; Sara and Monty Mills of Seaford, Virginia; Theresa
Holmes and Edd Key of Seattle, Washington; Janet and Bill Haynes of Abingdon,
Virginia; Frank and Beverly Holmes of Williamsburg, Virginia; and Liz and Gunnar
Bergstrom of Ashburn, Virginia. Sarah was the very proud Grandmother to 12
Grandchildren, and 11 Great Grandchildren.
Sarah became a widow for the second time in 2016 after marrying Colonel Owen Grogan
Sarah was a proud Member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Ladies Guild and a
Submarine Veteran’s Association spousal member. Sarah’s faith was supported by St.
Bedes Catholic Church and her Patriot’s Colony Vespers community.
Sarah’s greatest accomplishment was supporting her husband John’s Naval career
while traveling the world and simultaneously raising a large and loving family. Her
family is her proudest achievement!
Our memory of our beautiful and gracious Mother as an amazing and creative
seamstress, sewing for family, friends, and others in need, demonstrated her love
language of helping others.
Sarah was an avid reader who could read faster than the Williamsburg/James City
County Bookmobile could deliver! She was very grateful to the Bookmobile volunteers
for always personally selecting and delivering her stories.
Sarah’s family would like to extend their gratitude to all of the wonderful staff at the
Patriot’s Colony facility for their attentiveness and loving care for our wonderful
A Catholic mass will be celebrated in her memory. Funeral Service will be at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, July22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Peninsula Memorial Park.
Arrangements are under the are of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.