Carl Olof Carlson

October 6, 1923April 14, 2014

Carl Olof Carlson "Swede" October 6, 1923 - April 14, 2014

Carl Olof Carlson of Indianapolis, Indiana went home to be with his LORD, 11:35 PM Monday night, April 14, 2014, at the age of 90 years 6 months after a short illness.

Carl was born October 6, 1923, a U.S. Citizen, in Tjarna, Bohuslan, Gothenburg, Sweden the second child of Olof B. and Anna L. Carlson. Carl immigrated to the United States at ten months of age August 14, 1924 on the SS Kungsholm with his mother and sister, Lilly. Carl grew up in Springfield Gardens, Jamaica, Queens, Long Island, New York and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School, St. Albans, NY. During his youth, Carl faithfully attended the Swedish Evangelical Pilgrim Church (Congregational) in Brooklyn, NY.

After High School, Carl joined the United States Coast Guard and served on LST 794 (Landing Ship Tank) delivering troops, ammunition, and supplies all over the Pacific. Carl's "Homeward Bound Letter" after the war, to his mother, he would write, " The Lord has been with me all the way."

After WWII, Carl worked as a carpenter for McGraw Hill, NYC. He then joined the Miehle, Goss Dexter Co., NYC erecting and repairing printing presses. He would eventually work in the NYC Office and was in charge of supplying the Northeast (U.S.) with Erectors and Repairmen until his retirement October 1, 1988.

In 1947 Carl's church's newsletter it was written that Carl "was a genuine Christian and ardent worker in the Chapel of Jamaica, is well known in our circles, and is loved and held in high esteem by many."

May 3, 1947 Carl married Esther Alice Nelson of Roslindale, Massachusetts. The young couple made their home on Long Island (mostly on Caryl Street, Franklin Square) for the first 55 years, of their married Life and raised their four children there. In 2002 they moved to Schroon Lake, NY and in 2006 to Indianapolis, Indiana where they lived until their deaths. They were married for 64 years 10 months when Esther died on March 3, 2012. Carl loved the Lord Jesus and always wanted to serve his Lord. His prayer to his death was "to be in God's will". In the 1950's Carl served Children's Bible Fellowship transporting disabled children to meetings. Along with his family, Carl faithfully attended the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, Malverne, NY where he served as Deacon, Elder, Youth Group leader, Chief Ranger of Christian Service Brigade (into his 70's in Merrick).

Carl was a devoted husband to his beloved wife, Esther, and they were both devoted to their four children, he was truly a "family man". With his family he loved to camp, fish, boating, cook, travel (Sweden, New England, Alaska, etc. wherever friends and family were located). He loved to work with his hands whether repairing or building. Whatever he designed (houses, toys, etc.) he could build, to the delight of those he helped. It sometimes seemed he could make things out of nothing, to the delight of those he gifted.

Carl also enjoyed "logging" his experiences and documents through words and photos to be enjoyed later, "WWII Experiences and Happenings" and "Family Heritage" are two such works enjoyed by family members. Carl loved to sing, his first solo was at his Confirmation, the third verse of the hymn "My Jesus I love Thee". As a young sailor (WWII) he would sing hymns on "Bow Look-out" and be encouraged to continue as another sailor heard him. Traveling in the car, in the house, or wherever, there always seemed to be a song in his heart. In the introduction to "Family Heritage" Carl shares with his four children: Colossians 1:18c, 3:23 & 24, (known to them as Carl's "work verses") and Ephesians 5: 1 & 2: Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Carl is predeceased in death by his parents, Olof and Anna Carlson, and his beloved wife, Esther, of 64 years 10 months.

Carl is survived by: his sister, Lilly (Ernest) Bergwall of Rhinebeck, N Y. Four children and their spouses: Karen E. (Richard) Isenhart of Indianapolis, IN; Janice L. (John) Corcoran of Niskayuna, NY; Carl D. (Susan) Carlson of Schroon, NY; Eric D. (Linda) Carlson of Levittown, NY. Goddaughter: Mary Ellen Johnson of Cheshire, CT. Nine grandchildren and spouses: David & Timothy Isenhart; Amanda Corcoran & Kelly (Anthony) Holden; Jonathan (Bethany) Carlson & Melissa (Micah) Woosley; Rebecca Carlson, Megan (Jay) Glanzman, & Daniel Carlson. Six great-grandchildren: RoseAnna, Caitlyn & Seth Holden; Hailey, Macey & Brogan Carlson. Beloved seven nieces, seven nephews, their spouses, children & grandchildren and special friends.

Funeral Services: Plainedge Baptist Church, 96 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714 Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Viewing: 2:00 - 5:00 PM / 7:00 - 9:00 PM / Service: 8:00 PM

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Viewing: 9:30 AM at Forest Park Chapel, 114-03 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375

Burial 11 AM: Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

In leu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the following missionaries that Carl loved: Ilse Maier, Germany or Andreas & Bethany Maier, Germany Memorial contribution checks should be made out to: CrossWorld mailed to CrossWorld, 10,000 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64155-2010


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 22, 2014
  • Service Tuesday, April 22, 2014
  • Viewing Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Joan Venturo

April 22, 2014

Karen and Dick, Janice and John, Carl and Susan, Eric and Linda please accept my heartfelt condolences. Your Mom and Dad had a love for their family and life that lives on ...they will always have a special place in my heart Joan (Carlson) and Jim Venturo

Lina, Roper, Nathan and Robina Zeidan

April 21, 2014

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Uncle Carl (and Esther) brought so many blessings to our life. We will never forget them.

Patty LaStella (Blind)

April 20, 2014

I know he will be missed by everyone who ever knew him, but the knowledge that he & Aunt Esther both are enjoying the precious gift of eternal life with Jesus Christ the Savior they both loved and honored their entire lives brings great joy and peace! My family (the Blind's) spent many happy times with Uncle Carl & Aunt Esther and their wonderful family as we grew up. The love of Christ and family were always evident and shared abundantly with their friends. Much love to you Karen, Janice, Carl David, and Eric and to your families.

John Keefe

April 18, 2014

We grieve with you in your sorrow. We pray that the God of all mercies will comfort you with the comfort that comes from above. John, Lisa, and Samuel Keefe; Rebecca and Autumn Sperry

Tom & Donna George

April 18, 2014

Dick & Karen, we are sorry for your loss, but we know that Mr. Carlson is in a much better place. He was such a gentlemen and obviously raised some great kids. We will miss seeing him at church. You are in our prayers.

Love, Tom & Donna George