Karen C. Lindholm, 85, died at her home in Savannah, Georgia on October 12, 2020. She was born Karen Dudley Cooper on August 21, 1935 to Robert Ely and Catherine (Madorie) Cooper, Jr. in Flushing, N.Y. Her father founded and operated Cooper-Jarrett Motor Freight Lines Inc. and Karen spent her childhood at the family’s farm in Pennington, N.J. She attended the Miss Fine’s School in Princeton, N.J., graduated from Marymount School in Tarrytown, N.Y. and attended Bradford Junior College in Haverhill, MA.
Karen was married to William D. Baker on November 13, 1954 and as a military wife she lived in Jacksonville, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas where her husband served as a Naval Aviator. After Bill left the Navy, the family moved to Montclair, New Jersey where he accepted a position at Cooper-Jarrett Inc., and Karen made her new home. By 1963 Karen had given birth to five children. She provided a loving home for her husband and children while prioritizing faith, responsibility, and always good manners. Karen participated in many activities with her children including ice skating and golf. The family enjoyed summers at the Jersey Shore where many fond memories were made.
Following a divorce in 1975, as a single parent, she continued to provide a stable and loving home for her children. Out of necessity and a desire to complete her education, Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Montclair State College in 1978. She worked in New York City designing and managing sales incentive programs for Fortune 500 companies. She was an active member of the Montclair Junior League, Garden Club, Art Museum, and the Montclair State University Alumni Board.
Karen married Clifford F. Lindholm on October 7, 1989. During their 31 years of marriage they enjoyed travelling the world and visited many destinations on six continents. Karen especially loved their trips to France as she was fluent the language. In 2005 Karen and Cliff moved to the warmer climate of Savannah, Georgia. She volunteered her time and talent as a tutor and chairperson in the L.O.V.E. program which serves underprivileged elementary and middle school students. She also generously gave her time to AL Anon, and was deeply committed to her church.
Karen was a confident and beautiful woman who fully enjoyed life! She was determined, honest and kind. She deeply loved her children and always encouraged them to pursue their dreams. She made countless trips around the country to be a part of graduations, weddings, and countless family events.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Robert E. Cooper III, and sister, Diane C. Parker. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Clifford; sister, Penelope Hall (Robert); children: Susan Baker Cox (James), William D. Baker, Jr. (Chris), Robert O. Baker, Michael D. Baker (Dawn), Katherine B. White (Thomas), stepchildren: Clifford F. Lindholm III (Mary Ann), Elizabeth L. Robertson (Jamie), and John T. Lindholm (Adrienne), 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In the last years of her life Karen’s faith in the Lord grew and gave her peace. She will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.
A virtual memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA. 31411. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
To all Karen's children. I was blessed to have been in your mom's presence on a few occasions. She was always so up beat, positive and her faith was always showing. She was a light bearer to all. Hope to see you all sometime. Please know I am praying for you all that God's peace and healing in this time of greif will give you comfort and peace. Love and blessings . Darleen. Please also tell cliff I am also praying for God to wrap His loving arms around him to comfort him.
- Darleen Parker Grimsley, Paulding, Ohio
A much admired woman for her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rest in peace, Karen.
- Carolyn & John Szlasa, Savannah, GA
Kitty and family, We were blessed to meet your mom and Cliff over the years in Moorestown and always enjoyed their company. She left a loving legacy for all of you and was a tremendous role model for everyone she knew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time but we know that the warm memories will forever hold her in your hearts.
- The Troy Family, Moorestown, NJ
Dear Cliff, we are so saddened to learn of Karen's passing, please accept our deepest condolences and be assured we will keep you in our prayers.
- Lou and Gerry Molella, Savannah, Georgia
Karen was a brave and courageous woman and mother, who raised caring and kind children, with whom we are fortunate to be good friends. Throughout the nearly 30 years that we have known her, she was devoted to her family. Our deepest sympathies to the Baker, White, Cox, Lindholm and Robertson families. We hope that the example that she set throughout her life, the memories of all that you dealt with together and the love that you shared will sustain you, your children and your grandchildren for years to come. God bless Karen and your entire extended family. With love and sympathy, Grace and Gene Foca
- Gene and Grace Foca, Chatham, NJ
Montclair State University sends their deepest condolences to the Lindholm Family.
- Ely Santoni, Montclair , NJ
We are deeply saddened to hear this news. We missed seeing the Lindholms at the Shore this summer and will be keeping all of Karen’s large, loving family in our thoughts & prayers.
- Virginia Sigety, Pipersville, PA