Leona Carlson, formerly of Mora, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at her home in Inver Grove Heights. She was 89 years old.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE & INTERMENT will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie. Please dress warm or bring a blanket for the outdoor temperature.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are REQUIRED at the services for Leona. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.
Leona Christina Carlson, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 surrounded by her family in the comfort of her daughter Josie’s home. She was 89 years old.
Leona was born on September 28, 1931 to Chester and Caroline (Hallin) Dahlberg in Mudgett township, Mille Lacs county, MN. She went to Northfolk Country School up to the 8th grade. She helped her parents on the farm in Mudgett township up until she married John A. Carlson of Bogus Brook township on December 28, 1951 at Bock, MN. They were blessed with five children. They farmed John’s mother’s farm until 1956, when they bought a farm of their own five miles north of Ogilvie. Leona was out in the barn and fields everyday right along with John. They received many many trophies for their Holstein dairy herd.
Along with farming all her working life Leona also worked at Gorecki Manufacturing in Milaca; drove Ogilvie School Bus for 9 years; worked at Mora Ben Franklin for 4 years; then Sunshine Villa (now St. Clare Living Community) for 2 years before retiring in September of 1996. In 1997 John was diagnosed with kidney cancer and Leona cared for him until his death in August 2015. In 1990 they moved from their farm to Brook Park, and then made their home in Mora in 2003.
Leona was the longest living member of the Ogilvie St. Paul Lutheran Church. In her younger years she was active in ladies aid, quilting and often serving food at special occasions. She loved sewing, embroidery, baking, and many puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John; brothers Chester Dahlberg Jr. and Raymond Dahlberg; sons-in-law Bradley Burk and Alf Lange, grandson Blake Lange.
She is survived by her children Ronald Carlson, Janet (James) Ericksen, Wesley (Roxann) Carlson, Josephine Burk and Linda Lange; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.