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Gloria Anna Amanda Carlson

March 25, 1927 - August 13, 2016
Norton Shores, MI

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Visitations


Thursday, August 18, 2016
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Forest Park Covenant Church
3815 Henry Street
Muskegon, MI 49441
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Services


Thursday, August 18, 2016
11:00 AM EDT
Forest Park Covenant Church
3815 Henry Street
Muskegon, MI 49441
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Contributions


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Forest Park Covenant Church Memorial Fund
3815 Henry Street
Muskegon, MI 49441
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Flowers


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Chalet Floral
700 W. Hackley Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 755-1805
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When reflecting on the life of Gloria Carlson, it is easy to see that she was all about family. She loved spending every moment that she could with her loved ones, and they always knew that she loved them without condition. With a family tree that grew to include the grandchildren she adored, Gloria was always there for her loved ones in whatever way she could. Forever willing to go the extra mile, she loved helping others in ways both great and small. Deeply loved, Gloria will be forever missed.

It was great to be an American during the 1920s. Innovation was leading the way towards countless advancements that transformed the way we lived our everyday lives. Prosperity was greatly felt nationwide, and we fully embraced the calm before the unforgettable storm of the

Great Depression throughout the 1930s. It was in 1927 that Carl and Signe (Carlson) Farnquist were thrilled with the birth of the baby girl they named Gloria Anna Amanda on March 25, 1927, in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She was the first generation to be born in the United States as both of her parents came to the states from Sweden. Gloria’s father was a pattern maker and carpenter for Anderson Pattern while her mother was a homemaker. She spent two years living in the Chicago area before moving to the Lakeside neighborhood in Muskegon, Michigan, until her father built their home in Norton Shores in 1936. This was the house Gloria would call home for the rest of her life. Sadly, her father died at a young age. Gloria attended local schools including Bunker School during her elementary years, Maple Grove during middle school, and she graduated from Muskegon Heights High School in 1945. Immediately after graduating she began working as a secretary at Hackley Bank, and she also was an office manager for Dick Lanternier Painting in Daytona Beach later in life.

New and exciting changes were in store for Gloria when she met the man of her dreams. His name was Robert “Bob" Carlson, and they met at the Mission Covenant Church. It wasn’t long before the couple found themselves deeply in love. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together Gloria and Bob were married on August 19, 1950. Soon, they started a family as they welcomed five children including Jeffrey, Brian, Elise, Phil, and Matt into their hearts and home. They raised their children in the family home in Norton Shores, and Gloria focused her time and attention on being a wife, mother, and homemaker. As a mother, she was helpful and patient as she was there for whatever her family needed. The Carlsons made priceless memories traveling to wherever their Uncle Reverend Dave was preaching including Ohio, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Throughout her life Gloria was always helping others. In the 1970s she was a 4-H leader, helped with the Cub Scouts, and taught others how to sew and bake at her home. Gloria was a member of VASA and helped out with the cystic fibrosis campaign, and she also collected clothing for migrant workers. She was a fantastic cook and baker who was famous for several traditional Swedish dishes that have carried on throughout the generations. One of Gloria’s specialties was Swedish coffee bread. They had traditional Swedish Christmas dinners, and Gloria spoke fluent Swedish.She was a member of Forest Park Covenant Church where she sang in the choir.

Over the years Gloria was one to keep busy. She made trips to Sweden several times to visit with relatives including a six month trip on one occasion. Gloria also loved visiting with them when they came to the United States. She and Bob loved doing food demonstrations at local grocery stores, and since she was outgoing and friendly Gloria really enjoyed talking with all the people. In 1983 they moved to Florida where Bob continued to work for a few more years before retiring. The two of them remained in Florida for 19 years, until 2002, when they returned to Muskegon. In April of 2006, Gloria was deeply saddened with the death of her husband. Although it was a difficult transition for her, she remained active in the lives of her family, often attended her grandchildren’s sporting events and teaching them how to bake. Gloria often fed stray cats and loved watching deer in her yard.

With unending love for her family, Gloria Carlson was a true blessing. She was outgoing and social with a heart that beat to serve others in ways both great and small. Accompanied by a strong faith, Gloria loved others without condition. She experienced so many of the best things that life has to offer, but what made these things so extraordinary was sharing them with the ones she loved. Life will never be the same without Gloria here, but she leaves behind a timeless legacy that her family will proudly carry on in her footsteps.

Gloria Anna Amanda Carlson passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016. Gloria’s family includes her children, Jeffrey (Ruth) Carlson, Brian Carlson, Elise (Nick) McDonald, Philip (Melinda) Carlson, Matthew (Jodi) Carlson; grandchildren, Tony, Andrea, Ava, Evan, Erik, Luke, Nicklas, Katherine; sister-in-law, Bette Wagenmaker; friend and special care giver, Mary Jo Alex. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; brother-in-law, Rev. David O. Carlson. Services will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to the service at Forest Park Covenant Church with Rev. Lawrence Bush officiating. MEMORIAL: Forest Park Covenant Church Memorial Fund.Please visit www.clockfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or sign the online guest book.Clock Funeral Home- Muskegon

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