Lt. Col. Linda E. Saarinen

January 16, 1950 - May 23, 2018

Lt. Col. Linda Emilia Saarinen, 68, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2012, formerly of Tucker, GA, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Cape Coral, FL. She was born January 16, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY to Aulis and Irma Saarinen, now deceased.

Linda was a Deacon at Christ Covenant Metropolitan Community Church in Decatur, GA from 1994 to 2000. She was a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army where she rose from the enlisted ranks. Linda will always be remembered for her generosity of home entertainment, sense of humor and two-sided double hug, once over the heart and then the other side.

She is survived by her wife, Linda Cole of Cape Coral, FL; two nieces, Lynda Gutierrez (Ray) of Atlanta, GA and Marie Sellers (Ben) of Leesburg, GA as well as a nephew, Barry Saarinen, Jr. (Jennifer) of Leesburg, GA; as well as three special friends, Lisa Stevens of Cape Coral, FL, Victoria Bateman of Cape Coral, FL and Barb Rowland of Decatur, GA.

Linda was preceded in death by her brother, Barry Verner Saarinen, Sr.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Artisan Amenity, 201 W. Ponce De Leon Ave., Room # 2, Decatur, GA 30030 with Pastor Glenna Shepherd officiating.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Lt. Col. Linda Saarinen are suggested to California Department of Veterans Affairs/Women Veterans.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

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