Jane Lindholm

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Jane Ault Lindholm
1915 - 2014
BRUNSWICK - Jane Ault Lindholm died peacefully on Dec. 11, 2014.
Jane was smart, funny, generous, and kind, an avid reader of classic literature, books of all kind, and a prolific poet, if mostly unpublished. A lover of language, she was remarkable in her ability to recite from memory whole poems and lengthy soliloquies. She was a beloved wife, mother (grandmother and great-grandmother), aunt, and nurturing sister to her eight younger siblings.
She died at Thornton Hall (Assisted Living) in Brunswick where she lived for five years after the death of her husband, Milton. Married for over 71 years, Jane and Milton Lindholm lived for 65 of those years at 12 Nelke Place in Lewiston, near the Bates College campus, and next door to Jane's older sister, Mary Finn, and Mary's five children.
Jane Bowen Ault was born in Ellsworth on Sept. 1, 1915, the third child (of four) of Charles Ault and Lucretia Leakey. Jane's two brothers both died as children, Charles at eight (of diabetes) and William after just six weeks. Jane was five when her beloved mother, Lucretia, succumbed to leukemia.
Charles Ault was a successful manufacturer of women's shoes and his business thrived in 1920s. Jane grew up in affluence at 14 Cushman Place in Auburn and at the Ault summer home at Morrison Heights in Wayne. She attended Auburn schools and developed life-long friendships with Eleanor Strauss, Betty Hammond, and Ruth Clough. Her father married Ruth Dobson in 1921 and they had eight children together, Jane's half-siblings: John, Robert, Richard, Ruth, Peter, James, David, and Sara.
After graduating from Edward Little High School in 1933, Jane attended Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. That year, however, at the height of the Depression, her father's shoe business failed. Jane came home to help her stepmother care for her younger brothers and sisters, and enrolled as a day student at Bates College. Jane always said she preferred this time of relative struggle to her affluent upbringing. She developed a powerful loving bond with her stepmother Ruth, and her younger brothers and sisters. A Yankee clan, eight of the Ault children settled in Maine. They always found a warm welcome in the Lindholm home on Nelke Place in their comings and goings from Wayne.
Shortly after Jane's arrival at Bates, her friend Ruth Clough, arranged a date for her with Milt Lindholm, a senior, captain of the football team and president of the Student Council - and the popular ditty of the day, "You have to be a football hero to get along with the beautiful girls," was made real. Jane was a voracious reader and composer of verse as a child, so at Bates she maintained this love of literature as an English major.
Milton and Jane were married in 1938 at the Ault family home in Wayne. Milton was employed selling books for the World Book Company for six years before accepting a position in the fall of 1944 at his alma mater as their first director of admissions for men – and thus evolved his life's work. He led admissions at Bates for 32 years; the admissions building today is the Lindholm House. Martha was born in 1942 and son Karl came along in January, 1945.
Jane was a genuine partner in Milton's career, though she often referred to herself as "Mrs. Tagalong." Bates College was at the center of their lives. As Martha and Karl grew up, Jane took on a variety of positions at Bates, in the library, registrar's office, and in publications. A grammarian, she was a brilliant proofreader, could spot a typo a mile away.
Jane's expansive social conscience was given depth and expression in the United Baptist Church, the YWCA, and at Bates. She believed in Lewiston and appreciated its Franco-American heritage and industrial history. Her children both attended Lewiston public schools. Jane never learned to drive a car, so she walked or took the bus everywhere, down College and Main Streets to downtown Lewiston.
In 1975-76, Milton was given a working sabbatical in his final year as dean of admissions, and they lived for eight months in Geneva, Switzerland, visiting and evaluating American and international high schools throughout Europe. They traveled twice to Sweden, the homeland of Milton's forebears. They also especially enjoyed trips to southern France, with Milton driving and Jane navigating, setting the agenda, making arrangements – and keeping an extensive journal, of course.
Jane is survived by brothers Richard, Peter, and David, and sisters Ruth and Sara; her daughter Martha Lentz of Brunswick, son Karl and his wife Brett Millier of Middlebury Vt.; grandchildren Jane Lindholm and her husband Adrian Hicks, David, Peter, and Anne Lindholm, granddaughter Sara Perry and her husband Roger, grandson John Lentz and his wife Samantha Cook; and great-grandchildren, Elijah Jackson and Isabella Jackson, Spencer Perry and Micah Perry, and Dylan Hicks.
A memorial service to celebrate Jane's life will take place at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Brunswick at 1 p.m. on Jan. 10. Arrangements are by Stetson's Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick, where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com.

Donations in Jane's name may be made to the Milton and Jane Lindholm Scholarship Fund at Bates College, the Jubilee Center in Lewiston, and Good Shepherd Food Bank of Auburn.

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Stetson's Funeral Home
12 Federal St
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-4341
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2014
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