Lindquist Funeral Home

1 Mayberry Ln, Yarmouth, ME


Karen Linda Niehoff

February 25, 1958June 7, 2020

YARMOUTH, ME- Karen L. Niehoff lost her fight with cancer at home on June 7, 2020, surrounded by her family, love, music and shared memories. Predeceased by son Peter Niehoff, Karen is survived by husband Michael Niehoff, daughters Nicole and Emily Niehoff, grandsons Kahlil and Wyatt Kennedy, and sisters Gail Osborn (Philadelphia), Renee Murphy (Vorhees, NJ).

Graduating early (Frankford High, Philadelphia) and the first in her family to attend college, Karen obtained a double-degree in child development and early childhood education (Penn State). She became director/lead teacher at Lehigh Valley Hospital Child Development Center (Allentown, PA); founded the Yarmouth (Maine) Babysitting Co-op, and was a cherished Yarmouth Universalist Nursery School director/teacher.

Obtaining her master’s degree in counseling, Karen became a distinguished school counselor in York and Cape Elizabeth. A member of the MESCA board of directors and Maine State Bullying Prevention Task Force, Karen was a staunch advocate of student confidentiality and unwavering supporter of children throughout Maine. Karen is still lovingly recognized and remembered by former students. Known for uniting people with her infectious laugh, humor, creativity, and hugs, Karen was supportive, generous, and always put others first. She was a life-long learner and born teacher.

Her many talents included accordion/ domra player (performing on the Mike Douglas show, Philadelphia Academy of Music, and Philadelphia Flower show with the Philadelphia Balalaika Orchestra), ROTC Sergeant/ bazooka shooter, Pack 97 “Popcorn-Kernel,” master home-cook, 5-time Tetris winner, explorer/human-GPS, seamstress, and devoted wife, mother and grandmom.

Due to pandemic restrictions, a private ceremony will be held at Riverside Cemetery on July 7, 2020, with a gathering at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send stories of Karen (big or small) to KarenNmemories@gmail.com.

Gifts supporting children’s cancer research may be made to the Jimmy Fund in memory of Karen (jimmyfund.org/give).


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Leigh Kirchner

June 25, 2020

I remember Karen's kindness and compassion. And her laughter! When I was new to Yarmouth Karen organized a baby sitting coop which was a godsend since I knew no one here and had a one year old child. Some of those Moms are still my friends and I'll always be grateful to Karen for organizing this.

Gayl Anglin

June 14, 2020

I got to know Karen through Cub Scouts. Her presence at events always made them a little more fun and her dedication to Scouts for her grandsons was special. She was always upbeat and just a lovely person. Much love and peace to her family. May light perpetual shine upon her.

Rhonda Murphy

June 14, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She was my daughter Molly's first preschool teacher. Being new to the area I was nervous about leaving my daughter with someone I hadn't even met yet! From the very moment we met Karen I knew there was something special about her! She was such a blessing! My condolences to the Niehoff family...

Marcia Mullen

June 14, 2020

I loved Karen's infectious laugh! I am so sad to hear of her passing.

Catherine Landry

June 14, 2020

Mike, Emily, Nicole and boys,
I am very saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. She was one of kindest people I know. Karen will be missed...
Our deepest Sympathies to the family.
Much love and hugs,
Cathi and Jason

Lori Gurney

June 14, 2020

I worked with Karen at Windham Primary School , I remember her caring personality. She was always willing to stand up for the children of our school. She was fierce when it came to advocating for those she worked with. I admired her ability to stand up for what she believed in. I send my condolences to all her family and friends. I know she is at peace and watching from the stars above. Rest in Peace.