Janet Carlson

June 28, 1923 ~ December 29, 2020 (age 97)


Janet Carlson, 97, formerly of Alvarado, MN, died on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, in North Star Manor, Warren, MN.

Born Janet Orvia Johnson, June 28, 1923 on a farm close to Alvarado, the third of six children born to Julius and Olga (Hendrickson) Johnson. At age four, Janet and her family moved to a farm in Higdem Township. She attended Lakeside Country School through the eighth grade and attended Oslo High School for two years.

Janet helped her family with the farm work in the spring, summer and fall. During the winter she was a nurses aide at the Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. When WWII broke out, Janet took a job to support the war effort welding alongside her sister, Beatrice. The two “Rosie the Riveters” had a lot of fun together.

On August 7, 1949, Janet was married to Gerald “Buddy” Carlson at the East Grand Forks parsonage. They made their home in Alvarado and were blessed with three daughters.

Janet was baptized and confirmed at Kongsvinger Church in rural Oslo. She was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Alvarado.

Janet had beautiful flower gardens and was active in the New Hope LCW and bible study groups. She loved her family and her friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Gloria (Dave) Fagerlund of East Grand Forks, MN, Jane (Gordon) Skjerven of Mendota Heights, MN, and Julie (Jerome) Mall of Beatrice, NE; honorary daughter, Susan Sumner of Warren; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and brothers, Ernest (Judy) Johnson of Milton-Freewater, OR, and Dennis (Theresa) Johnson of Brooklyn Park, MN.

In addition to her husband, Gerald “Buddy” who died on April 27, 1977, Janet was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Beatrice Lundeen, Mildred Olson, and Carl Johnson.

She was a blessing to many.


GRAVESIDE SERVICE: (Open to the public) Saturday, January 2, 2021, at 3:00 PM, in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Alvarado, MN: Masks will be required.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 2:00 PM on Friday, July 23, 2021 in New Hope Lutheran Church, Alvarado, MN.


Janet's Favorite Bible Verse   -   Second Chronicles 20:15-17
Do not be afraid or discouraged. The battle is not yours, but God's. Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Do not be afraid or dismayed. The Lord will be with you.

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New Hope Lutheran Church
245 Fering St
Alvarado, MN 56710

Graveside Service
January 2, 2021

3:00 PM
Oak Lawn Cemetery
Minnesota Highway 220
Alvarado, MN 56710


Oak Lawn Cemetery
Minnesota Highway 220
Alvarado, MN 56710

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