Mar. 10, 1912 Aberdeen Brown County South Dakota, USA
Aug. 4, 2005 Long Lake Hennepin County Minnesota, USA
Place of Death LONG LAKE Arleen Martin Carlson March 10, 1912 - August 4, 2005 Arleen Martin Carlson died peacefully Thursday, August 4 surrounded by three generations of her family. She was 93. For many around the world, she was Arleen Carlson, wife and life- long partner of Curtis L. Carlson. To many others, she was a quiet philanthropist - a co-founder with Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, of the World Childhood Foundation; major contributor to her alma mater, the University of Minnesota; loyal supporter of organizations that enrich the lives of Minnesotans. To her closest friends, Arleen was fun-loving, energetic, caring and inclusive. Stories of world travel experiences abound. Her warmth, her elegance and beauty endured - never fading throughout her long years. She was an inspiration until the end. Of all her roles, through all her years, she loved most being mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Here, she truly excelled. Her unconditional love never wavered. Everyone had a deeply personal relationship with her. Each grandchild treasures memories of a personal 12th-birthday trip to Sweden where Arleen and Curt shared more than their heritage. As they drove around the countryside, they laughed, they loved and they learned about cultures, roots and enduring values. Church attendance was expected (if not required). The entire family attended together and was quizzed later about the sermon or Sunday School. Lunch followed at T.G.I. Fridays or another Carlson property. Sundays were a mix of faith, family and "work ethic," all in a few hours. Nana, as she was graciously called, included 70 relatives for Christmas and Fourth of July at the family lodge in Wisconsin. Year ‘round, her circle of love extended even further to include all "Carlsonians" worldwide. Arleen Martin Carlson never presumed that she could make a difference. Perhaps that is why she did. Survivors include two daughters: Barbara Carlson Gage and husband Edwin "Skip" Gage, and Marilyn Carlson Nelson and husband Dr. Glen Nelson; seven grandchildren: Christine Gage, Geoffrey Gage and wife Kelly, Richard Gage and wife Britt, Scott Gage and wife Gina, Curtis Nelson and wife Margie, Diana Nelson and husband John Atwater, Wendy Nelson and partner Daisy Mitchell; 14 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Warren Carlson; sister- in-law Elaine Carlson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Husband Curt and granddaughter Juliet Nelson, preceded Arleen in death. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland, Minneapolis.