|(Wednesday - October 07, 2020) -
Bethel June Carlson, age 93, of Faithorn, passed away peacefully at her
home in Faithorn on Tuesday, October 6, surrounded by her family.
Bethel was born in Faithorn, on June 5, 1927, the daughter of the
late George and Grace (Salzeider) Reid and lived almost her entire life
Bethel graduated from Norway High School in 1945 and
attended Northern State Normal School in Marquette, for teacher
training. She initially taught in a one room school house in Banat,
Michigan, then was a substitute teacher in the area for a number of
years. Later, Bethel was a Head Start teacher for the Dickinson-Iron
County Intermediate School District for 13 years.
Stanley "Slip" Carlson at the Faithorn Methodist Church on December 28,
1948. They raised eight daughters, first in Vulcan, and then moved to a
farm in Faithorn in 1963. He preceded her in death on March 15, 2018.
Bethel loved cooking, baking, gardening, canning and freezing the
fruits and vegetables from their large garden on the beloved Carlson
Farm. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling the U.S., making their
last cross-country trip in 2015, visiting family and friends in Iowa,
Arizona, California, and Wyoming.
She was an active member of the
Faithorn United Methodist Church, and a fixture at the church harvest
suppers and holiday church auctions. Bethel was an Honorary Life Member
of the American Legion Auxiliary and a Life Member of the Order of the
Eastern Star of Norway.
Bethel's life was centered on caring for
and loving her husband, daughters, grandchildren and great
grandchildren. She was the storybook grandmother, always with a baby or
child on her lap, reading them a book, and a cookie jar full of home
baked cookies. Bethel will be remembered as a beloved mother and
mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who gave
unconditional love to those around her and received much love in return.
Bethel is survived by her eight daughters: Amy (John) Brendemihl,
Grace (David) Gorringe, Mary Beth Carlson, Nancy Carlson, Lorraine
(Tony) King, Martha (Alan Yoshimura) Carlson, Dee Dee (Jim) Keller, and
Trudy (Michael) Stachowiak, grandchildren and great grandchildren,
sisters Lorraine Kelly and Norma Fernhaber, sister-in-law Vida Peters,
and many dear nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
Bethel was preceded in death by her sister Janice Reid Niemi, and
brothers Douglas Reid and Laurence Reid.
Private family services
will be held with interment at the Riverside Cemetery in Faithorn.
"We are blessed for the gift of Bethel's life and the many years we
shared with her."
Family requests memorial contributions may be
made to the Faithorn United Methodist Church or the American Diabetes
Condolences to the family of Bethel may be expressed
Arrangements announced by the
Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.