Barbara A. Carlson, age 88, of Watertown, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at her home in Watertown.
She was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Des Moines, IA, the daughter of Arthur and Julia (Raymond) Pettit.
Barbara was united in marriage to Frank F. Carlson March 28, 1944, in Des Moines.
Barbara spent most of her married life in Watertown, raising her family and being an active and involved citizen in the community. She was on the hospital auxiliary board, served a term on the city’s planning commission, and served on the Watertown Park Board, in charge of designing multiple gardens within Watertown. She worked with the Watertown 4-H club designing and installing the royal blue and white “Welcome to Watertown” signs at the triangle of county roads 10 and 24, was active in the “Flower Girls,” placing flower baskets around town and planting lilies and hostas in different areas of town, and was an active member of the Watertown Legion Auxiliary and the Catholic church.
Besides helping her husband in their grocery store, Barbara also worked at the Watertown Medical Clinic and the Carver County News office. She was a charter member of the Watertown Historical Society, and a member of the Carver County Historical Society. Barbara spent countless hours recording the deceased in each of the Watertown area cemeteries, and presented her completed work to the various churches involved. Along with other members, she also created the Lewis Avenue business display for the 2006 “Rails to Trails” weekend.
Barbara especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be missed.
She is survived by her loving family: children and spouses Victoria Smith and partner David Vanasek of Eden Prairie, Christopher and Pam Carlson of Maple Grove, Thomas Carlson of Las Vegas, NV, Frank and Debbie Carlson of Elk River, Kevin and Cindy Carlson of Maplewood, Denise Hertzog of Watertown, Patricia Carlson and partner Jack Buss of Hopkins, and Heidi and Scott Frederiksen of Eden Prairie.
She is further survived by grandchildren Greg and Shari Smith, Kristin Smith and fiancé Chris Beason, Tiffany Carlson, Becky and Jesse Steinkopf, Brian Carlson, Jeremy Carlson, Sarah Carlson, Andy Carlson, Donny Carlson, Justine Carlson, Dylan Carlson, Jessi Carlson, Cully Carlson, Amy Carlson, Natalie Carlson and fiancé Pete Swenson, Tyler Carlson, Thomas Hertzog, Carly Hertzog, Ashley Schuler and partner Stephen Ronning, Taryn Frederiksen, Timmy Frederiksen, and Teddy Frederiksen; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Good of Grand Island, NE; a sister-in-law, LaVerne Carlson of Watertown; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Frank “Cully” Carlson; and a son, Richard Carlson.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday May 31 at 4 p.m. at The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Watertown with Father Joseph Fink as the celebrant of the Mass. There was a gathering of family and friends two hours prior to the Mass at church. Interment was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Barbara’s grandchildren were honorary casket bearers.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.