Celebrating the life of Mary Carol Barth Lodholz
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Mary Carol Manion Barth Lodholz was born in Troy, N.Y. in 1937. Following a valiant struggle against ALS, she passed peacefully on March 11, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband and soul mate, John Lodholz who died 8 months prior. She is survived by her brother, Peter Manion, and his wife Sue; by her first husband Roger (Chris) Barth; children Kate (Greg) Kremer, Roger Barth (Valerie Thomas), Krista (Eric) Sauerberg and Marci (Jack) Rolker; and her grandchildren Tim Bow (Dante Villalobos), Julia, Jacob and Tess Kremer, Tassos Kirkos, Harper and Van Barth, Olivia Sauerberg, Vincent and Vivian Rolker and Ella Sauerberg; niece Mary Beth (Michael) Morell and nephew John (Nicole) Manion.
Carol was born on December 23 to John and Marcella Manion. She always considered herself “A Christmas Carol”. She moved 24 times leaving lasting friendships wherever she went. When not tending to her children or grandchildren, her passion was art and education. She attained a BS in Art Education from Buffalo State University in 1959. Her teaching career was short lived as the responsibilities of raising children took over. In 1985 she moved to Jupiter, FL where classes at the Lighthouse Gallery fueled her passion for knowledge in painting. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an MA in Fine Arts from the Savanah College of Art and Design in 1994. Carol painted for over twenty years, first at a co-op gallery she helped establish in Savannah and then at her own gallery and school of art in Florida. She continued her painting, was featured in numerous shows in the Philadelphia area, held a retrospective show at Villanova University in 2011, and in later years wrote poetry and narrative pieces at her home studio in Doylestown, PA. She described her latest art: “Now I paint worlds of imagination, a deeper communion and my ultimate union with time and space.” She loved to dance, was willing to take a risk for a good cause and saw beauty in everyone.
A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3395 Burns Road, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Saturday March 18 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Carol’s memory to assist others with ALS to the Gleason Initiative Foundation, PO Box 24493, New Orleans, LA 70184.
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3395 Burns Road
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410