Carl Neilson

November 21, 1932February 7, 2013
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Carl Neilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A graduate of OU, where he played football. He served with the US Air Force. While serving , he met the love of his life Katherine. He ran his own business in Sacramento, until he moved his family to San Diego. He was a corporate executive, who retired from Hughes. He enjoyed playing bridge, being an usher at St. Therese Parish, and coaching youth sports. His passions were his faith, helping people, volunteering at Sharp Senior services and employee health.

He leaves behind his loving wife Katherine, three children Kathy( Rafael), Eddie and Lisa (Keith) , as well as five grandchildren Jason, Brandon, Cassie, Nate and Corie.

A rosary will be said at St. Therese Parish church Friday February 15th at 10:00 am, followed by services at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in Carls’ name to St. Therese Parish Church at 6016 Camino Rico, San Diego. Private burial at Holy Cross.


  • Rosary Friday, February 15, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 15, 2013

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Trudy Ohman

March 8, 2013

Kathy, peace and comfort to you and your family.

Elsie Butler

February 15, 2013

Dear Kathy,

We are so sorry for your loss. We always looked forward to seeing you both on Saturdays and to receiving Carl's great emails. All of our sympathy and prayers are for you and your family!

Your church buddies, Elsie, Jennifer & Siegfried

Susan Zach

February 14, 2013

Dear Aunt Kathyleen, Kathy, Rafael, Jason, Eddie, Lisa and Grandchildren,
Uncle Carl will always have a special place in my heart. My deepest
sympathy goes out to you, Aunt Kathyleen, as I and everyone else saw and felt the love between you and Uncle Carl. Your soul-mate.
Love you all, Susan, Gerhard, Dominik, Micky and Korbinian

Edoardo Ottavio Strangio

February 14, 2013

Mi è dispiaciuto tantissimo apprendere la scomparsa di una persona così sensibile e buona quale era Carl. Mi mancherà tanto il suo affetto.
Accettate vivissime condoglianze da parte di tutti i parenti Strangio che vivono in Italia. Vostro cugino Edoardo Ottavio Strangio

February 13, 2013

The Neilsons were like our second family when we moved here from Chicago. Many Holidays were spent with them when our relatives were not here. Carl coached our daughters in Navajo Bobby Sox and the girls just adored him!! We are blessed to have had him in our lives. God speed, my friend.

Love, Linda, Kristine, and Danny Kazmarek

Leticia de Hoyos

February 12, 2013

I'm very happy that I had the chance to meet Carl, he really loved his wife and it was very inspirational to hear him speak of their times together and some of the funny stories he had. He will be truly missed by us at EOHD and my condolences go out to his wife Katherine and his family. Carl, may God Bless and watch over you and your family that you love so much.

April Ball

February 12, 2013

Carl was a great person with a huge heart. I worked along side him for 4 years at Sharp Employee Health. He quickly became my adopted Grandfather. He loved to tell me stories of his life. From serving in the Navy, meeting his wife, marriage, kids, Sparky, Vegas trips & a little of everything in between. He loved Kathy more than life itself. He was a man full of faith and love. He always worried about my husband being a mailman & always had supportive & encouraging words for me. He never forgot a birthday & made sure we received a card for every holiday. Carl you are deeply missed. People come into our live for a reason & I blessed that God allowed me to cross paths with you. May He watch over your family. I know you are in a Heaven, healthy, happy, and waiting at those pearly gates for the love of you life. RIP.