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Audrey E. Carlson, 87

Audrey E. Carlson, age 87, of Mayer, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

She was born Dec. 17, 1923, in Mayer, the daughter of Emil O. and Etta A. (Boehner) Goethke. Audrey was baptized Feb. 3, 1924, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by the Rev. F.W. Erthal; and confirmed March 21, 1937, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle by Rev. Rottman.

Audrey was united in marriage to Lloyd W. Carlson Oct. 15, 1944, in Ft. Sill, Lawton, OK, by Rev. Heitfeld.

A loving wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma, Audrey had a great sense of humor and a keen wit. She always appreciated hearing a good joke and then sharing it with other people. Audrey was very sharp throughout her whole life.

One of her favorite activities was visiting with her grandchildren when they stopped by.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; son Kenny; granddaughter Susan; father and mother, Emil and Etta Goethke; an infant brother; sisters and brothers-in-law Erna and Herbert Pawelk, Lillian and Erwin Schroeder, and Violet and Martin Luebke; father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Hilda Carlson; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Horning.

She is survived by her loving family: children and spouses Lloyd Carlson Jr. of Norwood Young America, Carol Carlson of Mayer, Keith and Vickie Carlson of Hamburg, and Debbie and Mike Kadlec of New Germany; grandchildren Bob and Robin Carlson, Joy and Warren Harms, Jerrod and Shelly Carlson, Kay Carlson and friend Shawn Klein, Jason Carlson, Jeff and Cally Carlson, and Jon Carlson; and great-grandchildren Ryan, Jenny, Matthew, Jacob, Justin, Jordan, Branden, Courtney, Caden, Treighton, Alexa, Alex and Brianna.

Audrey is further survived by brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Don Horning of Herman, and Jon and Linda Carlson of Ft. Collins, CO; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Sunday Jan. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer with visitation two hours prior to the service. The Rev. Lucas Woodford officiated, and interment was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Bob Carlson, Jerrod Carlson, Jason Carlson, Jeff Carlson, Warren Harms, and Jon Carlson.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.