Leonora Arlene “Norie” Carlson, 91, Monticello, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at CentraCare Health of Monticello.
Funeral service was Wednesday July 3, 11 a.m., at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 513 West 4th Street, Monticello. Pastor Gary Jones and Pastor Phil Bloomdahl officiated. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday July 2, 5-8 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello. Further visitation was one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Wednesday.
Norie was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Minneapolis, to Ernest V. and Naemie (Anderson) Strand. She grew up in Big Lake Township and attended country school there. On Oct. 7, 1944 she married Roy E. Carlson at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Monticello. She lived all of her adult life in Monticello and was employed at various local businesses, including Spike’s Bakery of Monticello, Ranchero Drive-In of Big Lake, Nelson’s Fairway Foods of Monticello, and retired from Sunny Fresh of Monticello. In her retirement she volunteered for several years at the Monticello Public Library. She was also very active at Svea Hill Church of rural Big Lake, where she served as Sunday School superintendent for over 25 years. Currently, she was an active member of Hope Evangelical Free Church of Monticello.
Norie is survived by her six children, Muriel (Jim) Aleckson, Princeton; Ronald (Bev) Carlson, Big Lake; Richard (Ginger) Carlson, Cheryl (Dave) Kinnard, Roger (Sonja) Carlson, Karen “Casey” (Steve) Davis, all of Monticello; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother Vernon (Ardelle) Strand, Monticello; and sister Virginia (Carroll) Bloomdahl, Elk River.
Norie was preceded in death by her parents; sister Marilyn; and husband Roy in 1995.