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Kathleene Amelia CarlsonCELEBRANT
Rev. Fr. Gerald Thury
Organist ~ Kathy Koenig
Soloist ~ Pam Novak
St. Leo Choir & Congregation
Processional ~ “Amazing Grace”
Offertory Hymn ~ “How Great Thou Art”
Communion Hymn ~ “Be Not Afraid”
Recessional ~ “On Eagle’s Wings”
Kathleene Amelia Carlson was born on Thursday, April 5, 1917 in Tyndall, South Dakota. She was the only child born to Adolph and Albina (Trunec) Dvoracek. She was among the 41 graduates of Tyndall High School’s original black-and-orange Panthers in 1934. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching from Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield. Kathleene was united in marriage to Roger Carlson on July 10, 1939 at Tyndall. They lived in California for 10 years, then returned to the area and lived in Tyndall, Pickstown and Gregory, returning to Tyndall upon retirement. Kathleene was a dedicated teacher for most of her adult years and was a 2nd grade teacher in Gregory for 18 years, retiring at age 72. She was an avid reader and her other pastimes included working on puzzles, organizing her photo albums, and playing pinochle and bridge at the Senior Citizen’s Center. Always an enthusiastic sports fan, Kathleene enjoyed attending her grandson’s football games and following professional and NCAA basketball - especially rooting for Georgetown during “March Madness.” She was a faithful member of St. Leo Catholic Church, St. Leo Altar Society, and was a 60-year member of the Women’s Order of Catholic Forresters. She was inducted into the National Teacher’s Honor Society in 1973, and was also a member of the Bon Homme Retired Teacher’s Association. Kathleene passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, having attained the age of 93 years, 1 month and 7 days.
Kathleene is survived by two children: son Jim Carlson of Sioux City, Iowa and daughter Charlene (Matt) Gassen of Sioux Falls; ten grandchildren: Bryan (Kelley) Carlson of Rapid City, Brad Carlson of Kansas City, Kansas, Clayton Carlson of Spokane, Washington, Christine Carlson of Seattle, Washington, Jeff (Shawn) Carlson of Dakota Dunes, Dan (Mickey) Carlson of Alliance, Nebraska, Jennifer (Ken) Petersen of Moville, Iowa, Steve (Kelsey) Gassen of Houston, Texas, Bill (Jill) Gassen of Sioux Falls, and Josh (Marci) Gassen of Dakota Dunes; 23 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Kathleene is preceded in death by her husband, Roger Carlson in 1996, and her son, Ron Carlson in 2007.
I lived and taught for 25 years in Gregory and got to know both your mothers. So sorry to hear of your losses. Remember all the good times you had with them and they will remain in your hearts forever. Keeping you and your families in my prayers. Jane
Jane Leibel May 16 2010 8:19 PM
So sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful memories of Kathleen when we taught in Gregory together. She was truly a dedicated and caring individual. Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers.
BEV RUBEL May 16 2010 8:00 PM
I WAS SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR MOM'S DEATH. I HAVE THOUGHT OF YOU ALL MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. I USED TO PLAY WITH YOU, CHARLENE, WHEN WE WERE LITTLE. OUR PARENTS WERE FRIENDS. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. JOLENE
JOLENE (KOCMICK) DUTCHER May 15 2010 8:50 AM
Carlson Family. It was with deep sadness when we learned of both Matt and Charlene's mother's passing away a day apart. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our prayers.
Sherry and Dennis Povondra May 14 2010 8:20 PM
Char, Matt, and family, Our deepest sympathy to you both on the passing of your Mother's. How hard it must be to have to deal with 2 losses in the same week. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you guys. Take care, hold on tight to the precious memories and she will be with you forever. In Friendship and Sympathy, Mike and Barb Dooley
Mike and Barb Dooley May 14 2010 11:00 AM
Dear Charlene and family, Heartfelt Sympathy. Jennifer and I were just thinking of Kathleene about a couple of days ago. We wondered how she was doing we hadn't heard from her in awhile. We don't get to Sioux Falls as often as we used to.
Wilmer & Jennifer Rokusek May 14 2010 8:54 AM