Karen L. Holland

March 16, 1953 ‒ June 26, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Karen L. Holland, age 67, of Mount Vernon, was called home to the Lord on Friday, June 26, 2020 in the presence of her loving family.

Karen was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 16, 1953. She was the daughter of Clifford Graham and Norma (Dah) Jeanne (Burger) Graham.  In 1971, Karen graduated from Mount Vernon High school and pursued an education degree at Bowling Green State University. She married John Holland September 1, 1973 in Mount Vernon, Ohio.   Their 47-year journey of love included many Disney and beach adventures, passion for animals, sporting events, and caring for their children, and grandchildren.

Karen was a proud member of First Christian Church and served as a youth pastor for many years. Karen was a lifelong learner and teacher.  She worked within the Mount Vernon City School District before moving on to serve at risk students in Columbus. Her family and loved ones meant everything to her. She created magical memories with them by making every holiday and birthday special, enjoying many Disney and beach trips, attending school and sporting events, and always showing them her unconditional love and support. Her servant heart complimented her spunky never give up spirit.  Her spirit will continue to shine through in her grandchildren whom she loved to the moon and back.

Karen will be greatly missed by her loving husband John of 47 years; daughters, Amy (Chris) Buttke; Jennifer (Matt) Keller; son Kurt (Allyson) Holland; grandchildren, Brittany Zymslinski, Trevor and Riley Buttke; Addie, Tayte and Palmer Keller; Jackson and Blake Holland; mother, Jeanne (Burger) Graham Spearman; a host of loving sisters in law, cousins, nieces, nephews; friends and her beloved dogs.

She was preceded in death by her father Clifford Graham, stepfather Robert Spearman, father and mother-in-law, John and Sara Holland and a niece Mindy Rostetter.

Friends may call on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050, where a funeral service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020 beginning at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Karen’s name may be made to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Karen L. Holland.


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  • To John and children, I remember many fun church times. Especially the overnight ones in the church basement and the Halloween parties. I hope you find some comfort in knowing others smile when remembering Karen. I am very sorry for your loss. Prayers and strength to you all.

  • John and Family.
    So very sorry of Karen’s passing. What a courageous battle Karen fought, along with her loving family.
    Nancy and I have been so appreciative that our paths crossed with her’s.
    What a kind heart she always had for others. Karen will be sadly missed … The GOOD LORD will comfort her and family.
    Dick/Nancy Laslo

  • Karen will be missed, there is no doubt! We were impressed that she did so well the first two years beating the odds! She was brave and strong for her family whom she adored! She was a fighter! Finally at peace. She’ll always be in the hearts of her family! ❤️ Sara and Bruce and family

  • Thoughts and prayers to the family. I went to school with Amy and Jai. And I knew Kurt thru Little League at Lamb Park. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  • Thoughts and prayers to John and family. I have many fun memories of Karen and her girls as she and I worked together for 5 years doing the talent shows for our kids at the Dan Emmett elementary school. Karen was very beautiful inside and out. I have many fond memories of our families spending time together especially at Christmas at our grandparents home. Karen is an angel taken way too soon. She will always be in my heart. Love her cousin, Linda Christopher Michel

  • Thoughts and prayers are with you John & your family. Karen was a wonderful woman. I remember a lot of hours with her at the ballpark. May her soul & the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

  • John Amy Jai and Kurt

    We are so sorry for you loss. Please know that we care for each one of you. I know that Karen’s love for you all will carry on in your family as you stay close and support each other. You have the love, prayers, and support of all the Swanson families.


  • I had Amy as a cheerleader . Karen would be at every game she cheered at and Jai would be in the crowd. We called Jai Strawberry Shortcake. She will be missed by family and friends.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss!! I can remember many fun conversations we would have at the ballparks!! You will all be in our thoughts and prayers!! God bless you!

  • To John and the Family
    There so much I could say about the friendship I had with Karen
    If she was your friend, she was a true friend. I have missed our daily visits, on her way out of the building at the end of the day, she would always stop in my office. We would talk and laugh; she would share stories and pictures of her grandchildren. She loved her family beyond all measures. She was so very kind to many; I loved watching her work with the children in our building. Bringing out the best in so many of them. I have so many fond memories. I shared her passing with another friend who said it best; What a great journey she has traveled while here on earth. What a great journey she has ahead of her with family and friends that have passed before her, all rejoicing her homecoming. All is well with her soul. May the family find peace, comfort, and healing through our Lord and Savior. Much love, Dian Godsey

  • Amy , Chris and the Holland Family,

    We are thinking of you and your entire family. My heart goes out to all of you as you are going through this very difficult time. It is gong to be tough but you all have each other and I suggest lots of hugs. We are here for you.

    Sarah and Shawn McLane

  • John, Amy, Jai and Kurt

    So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. So many great memories of her from church-youth group, cedar point trips, annual church haunted house, the random sunday school classes at McDonalds, softball..etc. She was a wonderful woman. Sending you all hugs and prayers.

  • Holland Family,

    Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness.

    Alden and Carol J. Coe

  • so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. We knew her years ago from church and then Dale started to getting transferred. We now live in Florida but do have such fond memories of Karen and John. Our deepest sympathy for the family from the Hess family, Dale, Sara Kelly, Kerry and Steve Hess.

  • John, Amy, Jai and Kurt,
    So very sorry to hear this news. She was always so welcoming and loving and shared her beautiful smile everywhere she went. Rest In Peace, Karen. You will be missed by all.
    Sending lots of love to you all.

  • Dear John and family,
    We are truly saddened to learn of your grief and Karen’s passing. We were not aware that she, and all of you, were suffering with a health issue. Please know we care and are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    In Christian Love,
    Larry & Nancy Vail

  • Holland Family,

    We can’t express enough how sorry we are to hear of Karen’s passing. We will always have very fond memories of her and your family of all the wonderful times we shared at First Christian Church. May God wrap his loving arms around you all and carry you through this difficult time.

    David and Leslie PATTERSON

  • Dear John, Amy, Jay and Kurt,
    Dian just contacted me. I am so very sorry and saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. What a brave battle she fought and how special the extra time she had. Karen was always so kind to me at GW and how I loved our age related conversations. Her, Dian, you John and I were the elders. I have wonderful memories of the few short years I got to work with her. I will be forever thankful I was able to do so. I will never forget how special she made my last day. Always thinking of others. I still have my beautiful hydrangea she gave me. Best of all was her love of her family and how I so admired her devotion to all of you. My prayers are with you. I so would have liked to be at her celebration of life, but with this virus, I am still lying low, but you will be in my thoughts.
    Debbie Conway

  • To John and family,
    Our hearts are saddened at Karen’s passing. We know she is in God’s presence and she was an example of courage. I remember many trips to Lake Erie with her folks (my aunt and uncle) and her. We laughed ourselves silly on those trips. Wonderful, precious memories! And of course the many Christmas celebrations at our grandparents’ home fill my heart. Steve and I are sorry we can’t be there, but hopefully Lee Anne will be there. May God give you all His comfort and His peace and may He fill your hearts with sweet, sweet memories. Love and hugs
    Barbara Nardi Thomas (a 1st cousin) and Eric from CA
    Steve Nardi (a 1st cousin) and Sue from CA

  • John, Amy, Jay and Kurt,

    We are sadden to hear of Karen’s passing. So many fond memories with her at church and youth group, volleyball and softball games.
    Do not forget to be absent of the body is to be present with God. She’s not gone, she’s simply gone ahead, you will see her again. And lastly…may her memory continue to serve as a lasting and continuous blessing to all who knew and loved her.

    Much Love to You All!
    Peace and Blessings

  • Dear John, Amy , Jai and Kurt
    Although I never met Karen I am sure she is why all of you are the special people you are! My deepest sympathies to all of you and your families!

  • So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. May you find comfort in knowing she is at peace and no longer suffering.

  • John and family…Memories are forever and I have many of high school, children growing and the ever popular baseball with karen. we laughed about being “old moms”. My prayers are with your family in this difficult time. May God receive her tender soul.

  • John, Amy and Jai,

    I’m so sorry that one so important to your family has passed. I know that the road lately has been a difficult one and hope that once you have moved past your grief you will be able to more frequently remember all of the good and happy moments and less and less of the sad ones that you have and are experiencing right now.

    I pray that Karen is now soaring on angels’ wings and can brighten your day with your fondest memories whenever your mind takes you to thoughts of her.

  • Dear John and Family.

    I am saddened to hear of your loss. Although I didn’t get to know your family John, I do know how much you loved and cherished them.
    May you all find peace.

  • John and family, sorry to hear of your loss.wont be able to get to mt vernon,but our prayers will be with you and family. Always enjoyed you and karen whenwas at bank.

  • I was so sad to hear of Karen’s passing. I will always remember her smile and easiness to laugh! What a great spirit she had!! She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family❤️

  • John and family,
    May you find comfort and healing in the days ahead. Karen was such a kind, compassionate and loving wife, mother and friend. She will be sadly missed.

    Heartfelt Condolences

  • So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a very special woman that made all that knew feel loved and accepted as they were. She made a lasting impact as a Godly woman on my life helping me find my way during challenging times. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. She was always very sweet and friendly. Wrapping your family in prayer.

  • Our deepest sympathy to Karen’s entire family.

    We all lived just two doors down from Karen, Jeanne and Cliff on Miller Avenue. We certainly have many wonderful memories of Karen from our childhood.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,
    Kathy, Marty, Greg and Lori (Ramsey) Riggs

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