Phyllis Alene Carlson, age 98, of Dassel, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
She was born April 10, 1915, in Dassel, in a home near the old Church of Christ, the daughter of Gust and Agnes E. (Peterson) Carlson. Phyllis was baptized Aug. 22, 1915, and confirmed in 1929, at the First Lutheran Church in Dassel.
She attended Dassel Elementary, and graduated from the Dassel High School in 1933. In 1936, Phyllis attended St. Cloud Teachers College and received her two-year teaching degree.
Phyllis started teaching in a country school in Stearns County in 1937. She then taught fifth and sixth grade in Pillager from 1938 until 1942. In 1942, she took a position teaching fifth and sixth grade in Howard Lake until 1944.
In 1945, Phyllis worked for the Department of Treasury, processing paperwork so companies could purchase items for government use.
She taught fifth grade in Northfield in 1947, and then went to work teaching fifth grade at the Longfellow Elementary in Litchfield from 1947 until 1958.
Phyllis went back to the St. Cloud Teachers College from 1948 until 1950 to obtain her bachelor of science degree in education. In 1959, she taught fourth grade at St. Anthony Village until 1961, and then taught remedial reading in Anoka from 1961 until her retirement in 1976.
Phyllis was an active member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield, a 70-year member of the Eastern Star, a member of the Dassel Federated Women’s Club from 1976 until 2006 (this club was named in honor of her mother, Agnes Carlson.)
She was a lifetime member of the Minnesota Historical Society, a member of the Meeker County GAR, where she often worked on Sunday afternoons; and a member of the Dassel Area Historical Society. She was known as the Dassel Historian.
Phyllis loved children; she was a teacher, mentor, and an advocate for many children. She enjoyed cats, sewing, and garage sales, and loved to shop.
Phyllis is survived by her many friends, and the thousands of students she has taught and mentored over her lifetime.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her two sisters.
Her funeral service took place Thursday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. Interment at the Dassel Community Cemetery followed the service.
There was visitation one hour prior to the service at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.