Elsie M. "Mickey" (Johnson) Lindholm

May 21, 1928 ~ May 15, 2021 (age 92)


Elsie M. “Mickey” Lindholm, age 92, of Geneva, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Meadowbrook Village Christian Retirement Community in Escondido, California. She was born May 21, 1928 in Geneva, the daughter of John and Ida (Gabrielson) Johnson.

Mickey met the love of her life, Dick Lindholm, in typing class at Geneva High School. They were married on May 15, 1948 and soon thereafter started welcoming their five daughters into the world.

Mickey was a dedicated mother and homemaker for many years, putting her family before all else. She was an avid and accomplished seamstress, providing fashionable clothing for her fast-growing girls. One of the family’s treasured memories is of an Easter Sunday when Mickey and all of her daughters proceeded into church in matching pink and white gingham check dresses. It was quite a sight! Mickey was revered for her delectable baked goods that she always shared with friends and family. Her love of flower gardening was enjoyed by all who visited her home.

After her children were grown, she proved to be a valuable asset to her husband’s many business interests. In addition, Mickey was “first lady” of Geneva for the eight years Dick served as mayor. 

Dick and Mickey were fortunate to travel to many places in the world. Their top two destinations were undoubtedly Sweden and Israel. When not traveling abroad, they enjoyed visiting their grandchildren and watching them grow up.

Mickey is survived by daughters Deborah Lindholm of California, Carol (Don) Peterson of Illinois, Janet (Leo) McGill and Nancy (Steve Goad) Lindholm both of California; son-in-law Don Jackson of Missouri; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many other dear relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by Richard, her beloved husband of 70 years, and daughter Susan Jackson. Her parents and 9 siblings also preceded her in death.

Our sincere gratitude to Mickey’s daughter Janet for compassionate care for her in her final years. The family also thanks Jill and John Gronberg for many years of caring for their Aunt Mickey and Uncle Dick.

A graveside service for Mickey will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm at West Side Cemetery in Geneva with John Hoekenga officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Geneva History Museum (113 South Third Street, Geneva, IL 60134) would be appreciated.

Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home in Geneva.  For information call 630-232-8233 or visit


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Graveside Service
June 5, 2021

1:00 PM
West Side Cemetery
301 Stevens St
Geneva, IL 60134

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