Karen M. Holda, age 57 of Colonia, peacefully passed away on September 28, 2017 at Bridgeway Care Center in Bridgewater after a three year battle with lung cancer. Born in South Amboy, Karen grew up in Sayreville and later moved to Colonia and Edison. She was a graduate of Colonia Sr. High School, attended Sweet Briar College in Amherst, VA and graduated with a BA in Business from Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ. Ms. Holda went on to a long, successful career as a sourcing professional and manager at Merck (Schering Plough), Siemens Medical Systems, & Mercedes of North America. Karen was a lover of all animals, especially her 2 dogs & 2 cats. She enjoyed skiing, horseback riding and travel to Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
Karen was predeceased by her parents Joseph, Jr. & Theresa Holda. She is survived by her loving brother Ken (Anne) Holda of Strongsville, OH; niece Kristine (Justin) and great-niece Alexandra Gilbert of Brunswick, OH; niece Ingrid Holda of Strongsville, OH; cousin Elizabeth Mokrzycki of South Amboy; dear friend Jackie (Peter) Carollo; as well as many other cousins, family & friends.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at 10:30am from the Maliszewski Memorial Home, 121 Main St., Sayreville with an 11am mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka RC Church. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Calling hours at the funeral home will also be Friday from 9am to 10:30am, immediately prior to the mass. Letters of condolence, completed arrangements and directions may be found by visiting www.maliszewskimemorialhome.com.