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Opal M. Carlson

Opal M. Carlson

Oct. 10, 1920 - Nov. 26, 2008

KERKHOVEN -- Opal M. Carlson, 88, of Kerkhoven, died Wednesday at Bethesda Heritage in Willmar.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Evangelical Free Church in Kerkhoven. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Kerkhoven.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Arrangements are by Harvey Anderson Kerkhoven Funeral Home.

She was born Oct. 10, 1920, on the family farm near Wendell to Glenn W. and Stena (Van Houel) Barker. She went to country school in District 36 in rural Wendell and attended high school in Tinta, Wendell and Ashley. She worked in Alexandria before moving to Minneapolis where she worked as a nanny and maid.

On Nov. 21, 1942, she married Emanuel Carlson in Spruce Hill Township. They lived on a farm in Spruce Hill Township until moving to Minneapolis and Bloomington and later to Burnsville, where they lived for approximately 18 years. During the Korean conflict, she worked for Twin City Arsenal and later Honeywell. In the 1960s, they started Carlson Manufacturing in the basement of their home. In 1971, they moved to the family homestead in rural Kerkhoven and lived there until 1996, when they moved to their lake home. She had been a resident at Bethesda Heritage since 2001.

She is survived by her husband of Willmar; children: Lois Carlson of St. Paul, Lauren (and Wallace) Pehrson of Chugiuk, Alaska, Lynn Carlson of Kerkhoven, Warren (and Rita) Carlson of Kerkhoven and Lisa (and Don) Copley of Aubrey, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Alice Barker of Sunburg.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.