Obituary for Carol A. Carlson

Surrounded by her children and an abundance of virtual love, Carol Ann (Berkedal) Carlson passed away peacefully on May 9, 2020, in Northfield. Carol was born in Manitowoc, WI, on December 13, 1931, to Olaf and Myrtle Berkedal. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Christian Education in 1954 and worked as a youth director at Zion Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. On April 7, 1956, she wed Robert “Jolly” Carlson at Zion Lutheran Church. They moved to Madison, MN, where Jolly began his teaching and coaching career. Carol stayed home to raise their five children (Barry, Gary, […]

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Surrounded by her children and an abundance of virtual love, Carol Ann (Berkedal) Carlson passed away peacefully on May 9, 2020, in Northfield.

Carol was born in Manitowoc, WI, on December 13, 1931, to Olaf and Myrtle Berkedal. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Christian Education in 1954 and worked as a youth director at Zion Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

On April 7, 1956, she wed Robert “Jolly” Carlson at Zion Lutheran Church. They moved to Madison, MN, where Jolly began his teaching and coaching career. Carol stayed home to raise their five children (Barry, Gary, Greg, Jeff, and Kristi), and later worked as a Title I aide at Madison Elementary School. A few years after Jolly’s death, in 2003, she moved to Northfield.

Carol was warm, fashionable, and fiercely devoted to God, her husband, her children, and her fifteen grandchildren. She cheered them on through hundreds of activities and sporting events. She taught them the importance of telling a good joke, even if she could never make it through a punchline without laughing. A tireless and faithful community volunteer, she was generous with friends, family, and strangers who often became friends. On Saturdays, she made her famous tea rings, with a coffee pot at the ready for an impromptu gathering and a freezer always stocked with Snickers.

Loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Carol will be remembered for far more than anything that can be written.

She is survived by her loving children, sons Barry (Cindy), Gary (Mary), Greg (Nancy), Jeff (Stacy), and daughter Kristi (Justin) Stets, as well as her devoted fifteen grandchildren and 2.75 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Olaf and Myrtle Berkedal, brothers Bob and Jim Berkedal, sister Barb Krueger, and husband Jolly Carlson.

In this time of physical distancing, services will be postponed until circumstances permit family and friends to gather freely. Memorials may be sent to St. Olaf College – the Robert “Jolly” and Carol Carlson Endowed Scholarship Fund (a scholarship designed for students from rural communities), her faith communities (St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield and Faith Lutheran Church in Madison, MN), or a charity of your choice in memory of Carol.

Her family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the Northfield Retirement Community (Cannon Valley Suites staff) and to Millstream Commons for the bountiful love and care that Carol received.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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4 Comments

  1. Becky Volkert

    She was Such a Beautiful lady. She will always have a special place in my heart.

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  2. Ron Sandquist

    I attended Carol & Jolly’s wedding! We have been friends with the Carlson family all these years!! Carol, a very special person, will be missed.

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  3. Jim Otto

    Memories of Carol and Jolly years ago at Como Park Church and the youth groups. Great people!!! My Mother Marie Otto Moffatt sayed in touch with her for years and then would us 5 boys what they talked about. God bless her and the family !!!

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  4. Paul Carrell Raymo

    Prayers to the Carlson family. Carol was always so nice me when they lived in Madison.

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