Jolene Violet Akins, age 84, of Watertown, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (513 Madison St. SE) in Watertown with the Rev. Jeffery Engholm officiating. There will be a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Jolene was born July 12, 1933, in Watertown Township, the daughter of Robert and Ellen (Lundquist) Carlson. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Jolene was a graduate of the Watertown High School.
She was united in marriage with Paul W. Akins March 9, 1957, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Jolene was employed at Klad Easy, Tonka Toys, and Washington Scientific. She was also a busy homemaker who loved to garden and tend to her flowers. Fall was one of her favorite seasons and she enjoyed the smell of burning leaves.
Jolene enjoyed attending garage sales and bringing home fabric to make rugs. She also loved to spend time creating photo family history albums.
She was a lifelong member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, and volunteered whenever asked.
Jolene was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Lisa Joy Akins; sister and brother-in-law Lorraine and Gerald Strassburg; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law James McPadden, H.E. Brown, Carlton and Margaret Akins, and James and Inga Akins.
She is survived by her loving family: husband Paul Akins of Watertown; children Peter (Pam) Akins of Mankato, Dawn (Stephen) Otto of Winsted, and Douglas Akins of Watertown; grandchildren Lynn (Brian) Fulford, Claire Otto, Diane Otto, and Raymond Otto; and great-grandchildren Vivian and Elenore Fulford, and Bartholomew and Victoria Otto.
Jolene is further survived by sisters Deloris McPadden of Waconia, and LaVonne Brown of Nashua, NH; brothers Robert (Dorothy) Carlson of Colorado Springs, CO, Loren (Joyce) Carlson of Shakopee, and Dean Carlson of Montrose; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.