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Diane L. Carlson, 72

Diane Lea (Sands) Carlson, age 72, of Waconia, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at her residence in Waconia.

She was born Aug. 21, 1942, in St. Paul, the daughter of Maurice H. and Evelyn A. (Swenson) Sands. Diane was baptized as an infant, and confirmed in the faith at the Lutheran church in Alvarado, and graduated from the Alvarado High School.

She was united in marriage with her high school sweetheart, Daniel L. Carlson, June 16, 1962, at the Warren Covenant Church in Warren. The couple remained in love throughout their 52 years of married life.

Diane was a life-long follower of Jesus Christ, a gentle witness of His love. She was active in many church activities.

She served as a dorm mother at a Christian international school in South India for three years, and was loved as a caring and concerned “substitute mom” for 30-plus boys each year. After returning to the United States, she was a tutor for many ESL (English as a Second Language) students and other students in the Waconia schools.

An active, loving grandmother, Diane loved hosting birthday parties and other family events.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Evelyn Sands; and a brother, Don Sands.

Diane is survived by her loving family: husband Daniel Carlson of Waconia; sons and daughters-in-law David and Jayne Carlson of Lester Prairie, Brian and Kristin Carlson of Marblehead, MA, and Allen and Kyrsten Carlson of Hamburg; and grandchildren Kristy (Michael) Wiechmann, Andrew Carlson, Katie Carlson, Amy Carlson, Haley Carlson, Henrik Carlson, Melissa Carlson, and Matthew Carlson.

She is further survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Arlyn Sands, Rosalie Carlson, Philip and Sharon Carlson, Ruth and Don Goodrich, Rachel Romfo, Gordon and Paula Carlson, and Mark and Kathryn Carlson; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Excelsior Covenant Church with the Rev. Eric Sparrman as officiant. Interment in the Dassel City Cemetery.

Visitation took place Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Serving as casket bearers were David Carlson, Brian Carlson, Allen Carlson, Andrew Carlson, Matthew Carlson, and Michael Wiechmann.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia handled the arrangements; www.johnsonfh.com.

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