Donna Jean Carlson, age 86, of St. Louis Park, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on 5/11/15. Preceded in death by husband, Jack (married for 61 years). Survived by daughters, D'Arcy Johnson (Darrel), Nancy Rosenboom (Ric); son, David Carlson; loving grandchildren, Erik (Katie), Reid (Rebecca), Sara (Ryan), Gerrit, and Stig; great-grandchild, Henry. Donna retired from Edina Public Schools where she worked as a health associate. She loved spending time at the family lake home on Upper South Long Lake. Jack and Donna were active for many years with the MN English Springer Spaniel Club. She volunteered for 20+ years at Methodist Hospital. Her love of flowers brought joy to her life. Thanks to the caring staff at Methodist Hospital, especially Dr. Jenny Xin. Donna was able to stay in her home with loving care provided by Judy and Nancy from Baywood Home Care.
Thoughts & Prayers
It is with great sadness that I write this. My friend, D.J., was my neighbor for 14 years. We lived right across the sidewalk from one another. We shared with one another the joys and sorrows of life. Thru the years, as her health declined, she was always optimistic and accepting. She was always so thankful for her loving and caring family. Her home brought her great comfort and her flowers brought her great joy. I would bring my friends over to see her gorgeous patio area and all her beautiful flowers. We would discuss how blessed she was to be able to remain in her lovely home. That was made possible by the love, concern and caring of her children. I will also miss the friendship I formed with each of them. Our "block" will not be the same, or as pretty, without you, Donna. I will miss you, my friend. May you rest in peace!
DJ was my 'attached to my townhouse next door neighbor.' I will miss DJ so much. It was a comfort knowing she was there, even when I didn't get to spend a lot of time with her. She loved her garden, and she/her daughters bought bushes and plants to line our walkway. I will remember her voice wafting over our patio fence as she took in some of her beloved heat and humidity. I will remember sitting and watching golf on t.v. with her and comparing which reality shows we liked the best. I will remember taking care of the house as she and Jack went on trips to Florida during winters, and trying to make sure that a pathway was shoveled to her place before the men who shovel came to clean away the snow. I appreciated her advice when I asked for it and her sharp-as-a-tack mind whenever we talked. I felt her frustration at how her mobility was so limited, and so my only consolation during this time of sorrow is that now DJ can fly free of her body. I will miss you sweet DJ, and I will do my best to keep those plants you gifted us alive. Amalya, Iris and I send condolences to the family, and may your memory always be a sweet blessing to all who knew you.