Bonnie Carlson

Bonnie Carlson

Friday June 12, 2020

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Obituary for Bonnie Carlson

Bonnie Carlson was born December 28, 1948 in Brainerd, MN to Bennie Johnson and Thelma Swelland. She attended the country schoolhouse east of town through the 4th grade. Bonnie had a kind heart and was quite the social butterfly.
She married Allen Carlson in 1968 and they had two daughters, Cynthia and Lori. She worked many years in the banking industry and most recently she was passionate about her work as a Home Instead caregiver. She experienced immense job satisfaction knowing that she was really making a difference in her clients’ lives.
She thanked the Lord for granting her sobriety over the last 7 years. Her AA friendships were invaluable to her and really helped to sustain and keep her on the right path.
Her family is grateful for the time they had with her. They will miss her kindness and fun-loving ways.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survived by her sisters, Jeanette Warburton and Marilyn Greiger; brother, Roger (Jane) Johnson; daughters, Cindie Goedker and Lori (Mike) Carlson; granddaughter, Kaycee Goedker; grandson, Alex Goedker; great granddaughter, Oakley Balsimo; and many nieces and nephews.

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Service Details

  • Celebration of life

    Friday June 19, 2020 |
    Halvorson Taylor Life Events Center
    512 South 8th Street
    Brainerd, Minnesota
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    Friday June 19, 2020
    A celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11AM at Halvorson Taylor Life Events Center. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery

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Sue Berger

Bonnie was an angel to my family when she was at Home Instead. She was my mother’s favorite caregiver and for good reason! Bonnie would sing hymns with her, go through old photo albums and listen, would talk about the old days in Brainerd, etc! Bonnie made all of us feel good when we’d visit our mother. She was always kind, always busy. We’d say Bonnie, sit down! You don’t need to do that! But she’d always be busy cleaning up or puttering in the kitchen so that we could be spending time directly with our mom. Last year I asked her if she would be able to take a vacation? And she told me about some time with her daughters that she was looking forward to, a cruise I believe. And I thought how lucky her daughters are to have her.
My sympathies to all of the family. We are so grateful for the life of Bonnie Carlson. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Sue Berger, for all of the children of Karen Cowie
Comment | Posted at 12:04pm via Condolence

Thank you so much Sue! My mom always said she would treat her clients the exact way she would want her mother treated. My mom’s love for her clients was genuine.
Posted at 06:16am

Laurie Hemish

My deepest sympathies and prayers for Bonnie's family and friends. She was always smiling, quick with hugs and a contagious laugh. She will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 11:09am via Condolence

Cindie Goedker

Thank you Laurie❤️
Posted at 11:26am

Bev Bosch

Bonnie was a sweet lady that always took the time to visit when I would run into her, and always had a smile on her face! You all are in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted at 02:18pm

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