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Karen Linders

November 20, 1947 — October 28, 2021

Karen Linders


Karen Linders, 73, of Noblesville and Crown Point, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Riverview Health in Noblesville. She was born on November 20, 1947 to her beloved mother Vivian Klemsman who preceded her in death. She is survived by her devoted husband of 48 years, Marco J. Linders; daughters, Karisa Graham (fiancé Jason Rodd & his children Ethan and Tori) and Kami (Jason) Ward; and 5 grandchildren, Justin McCaffery, Tyler Graham, Corinne Ward, Juliet Ward, and Gavin Ward.

In 1965, when Karen met Marco at a drive-in, they didn’t originally hit it off. In 1971, their paths crossed again when he recognized her at a night club, and she remembered his car. She agreed to go out with him, and their love blossomed. They were married at St. Thomas More in Munster, Indiana on April 28, 1973. Three years later, they welcomed their first daughter, Karisa; their second daughter Kami was born two years later. She was a proud, loving, and supportive mother to her daughters through many dance classes and recitals, taekwondo, piano, bowling, golf, and an endless parade of pets. The family had many happy memories of summer life skiing and tubing on their boat in the Lakes of the Four Seasons and on Lake Michigan. She was overjoyed to welcome and prodigiously spoil all five of her grandchildren whose smiles, characters, and talents all survive her as they continue to shine the light and love she brought to their lives.

Karen had a few careers over her lifetime - perhaps her favorite was her home-based flower arranging business where she fashioned beautiful creations of silk flowers for weddings and other occasions. This led her to work at a bridal studio in JC Penney that she also loved. She left when Penney’s discontinued its bridal business and though her dream was to open her own bridal shop, she found her way to work as an office manager at an advertising agency. She eventually got into real estate and spent the last part of her working life managing all the various functions of a real estate business. Upon retiring, she and Marco made the trek to Florida in 2010 to seek sunshine and escape Indiana winters. After some traveling around and reading innumerous books, she wished to return home to be close to her daughters and grandkids. They moved back to Indiana in August 2020, settling in Noblesville amidst the pandemic - as nothing was going to keep her away from her family.

The role she cherished most in life was grandmother. Karen loved her kids and grandkids with all her heart and every ounce of her being. She spent many happy days shopping with her girls, watching her “water babies” swim in her pool, wandering around Florida theme parks, decorating her home or cookies at Christmas, or crafting creative and elaborate "toys" out of cardboard or whatever was in the recycling container. Despite some physical setbacks, her artistic nature was abundant throughout her life, whether it was her beautiful often complimented handwriting, stunning flower arrangements or interesting crafts and projects she created with her grandkids. 

As she so often said to her grandkids, "we love you to the moon and back and ever more". 

No services are planned at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy in Indiana ( or the American Cancer Society (


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