Carol Lynne Lindner | 1945 – July 14, 2023
It is with great sadness to announce that Carol Lynne Lindner, 78 years, passed away from us on July 14, 2023. Carol was a devoted wife, mother and businesswoman. She will meet her husband, John Joseph Lindner, in heaven and will be fondly remembered by her family and friends. Carol is survived by her three children Jeff, JJ and Michelle. She is also survived by her sister Jennifer Broberg and Jennifer’s husband Fred Broberg. They were all very close. We will all remember her passion for parrots and parakeets and her parakeet “Little Bird” will miss her as well.
Carol Lindner was born in California but raised in the wheat fields of Connell WA by her parents Ada and Ralph Colley. She graduated from Connell High School in 1963. She moved over to the Seattle Green Lake area and became a data entry technician for Boeing. She met her husband John Lindner in the Seattle, Green Lake area, through UW art classes. Before settling down, Carol was adventurous spending months hiking and caravanning throughout the middle east and Europe. She would often talk about her adventures overseas. November 1966 Carol and John married to start a family. Their loving marriage would last nearly 57 years. Carol was at first, a stay-at-home mom, while John worked for the King County Sheriff’s Dept.
With the help of her husband and with the love of a mom, Carol raised her three children on 13 acres in Woodinville WA. There she practiced what she loved, raising her children, her arts and crafts, raising all kinds of farm animals and gardening. Carol loved to take photographs and filled numerous photo albums and boxes of photographs depicting her love of family. She taught her children and grandchildren art crafts and her kitchen doubled as a museum of their creations. Together Carol and John maintained a park-like environment at the 13-acre house that they loved to share with family and friends. When she wasn’t busy with said activities, you could find Carol playing adult league softball and soccer, go “Rack-Ups.” Her favorite family activities were hiking and camping as she introduced her children to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.
When the kids got older Carol and one of her close friends, Amy Kumasaka, went into business together. They developed a cleaning service for new construction and various other business endeavors. Carol would be the first to semi-retire and moved back to her hometown Connell. In Connell she became a prominent community member. She and her friends were able to get the city to plant trees on the main street and managed the installation of brass artwork along the same street among those trees. She was active with Connell’s Museum, involved in Connell’s Fall Festival, Winter Fest and a member of the Connell Cemetery association. She loved to participate in Connell’s many activities by being involved in Connell’s Community Club. Carol and John both loved being a part of this club and its members.
When her husband John retired, Carol and he went into business together by buying the old Connell mercantile building and turned it into a secondhand store called “The Never-Ending Garage Sale”, now known as the “Brick”. One of Carol’s astonishing endeavors was physically moving an old farmhouse, to a bluff where it overlooks Connell today. Carol loved bright colors, such as red hues, and painted this house lavender. John would call the house “Casa de Carol” and the rest of us would call it the purple house. Uniquely positioned, the house would be used as a sight landmark for low flying crop-dusters. For her love of gardening, Carol and John, as customary for them, kept this this house and yard in park like condition. Often family and friends would visit and spend time on Carol’s porch that overlooked the town and valley. At the purple house, Carol would enjoy her three grandchildren, Olivia, Daisy and Keegan. She would also enjoy her sister’s Jennifer and husband Fred Broberg’s grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of whom lived in or surrounding area of Connell.
Thanks for everything Carol. Thanks for everything mom, we love you and we will all think of you and dad when working in our gardens. -From your family, friends and from your friends of the Connell community.
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