Marlene K. Carlson
Marlene K. Carlson, 65, of Springfield, died at 10:30 p.m., Monday, February 3, 2014. She was born March 26, 1948 in Chicago, the daughter of Walida and Ernst Boehlke.
She attended Luther High School in Chicago from 1964-1966, Elmhurst College from 1966-1968, and Evangelical School of Nursing from 1966-1969, graduating with an RN Degree. She joined the Springfield Clinic in 1982, where she worked until her death. She taught CPR for many years and enjoyed sewing and crocheting gifts for friends.
She married Arthur Carlson on August 16, 1969 in Chicago. They divorced in 1985.
Surviving are two daughters, Jackie (Josh) Matteson and Karen Carlson (James) Hawker; three grandchildren; a sister, Sandra (Richard) Mitchell of Las Vegas; two nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation: 5 -7 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church.
Funeral Service: 7 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church with Reverend Thomas Christell officiating.
Burial will be at Bethania Cemetery in Justice, Illinois at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association.
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I am the other Marlene Carlson (Marlene J.) in Springfield and we met in the late 1980's at the Mazda Car Dealer. I've gotten numerous phone calls for her and it was so very confusing in the medical computers (even had her records filed into my files at Spfld Clinic & I got out of there real quick). What made it more confusing was that we both had birthdays in March also. I did have cancer in 2010 and once told I had a heart attack but never did and told I was on medication that I never heard of. We were in the same medical computers and I hope the confusion comes to an end. I've gotten phone calls, emails, and sympathy cards from friends thinking this was me. My Avon Rep. written a nice note below thinking this was me. I have 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren who I'm very close to so I know what it's like. My heart goes out to the daughters and grandchildren of this Marlene.
Our sincere condolences to your family. Marlene was Dr. Korda's nurse for 25+ years and was, therefore, the nurse for my husband (Tom) and I. She was so organized and kept things 'tip-top" in that office. She was witty and had such a warm sense of humor. She even had Dr. Korda laughing at times. She was loved by many and will be missed in our community! Our prayers go out to all of you at this very sad time. Tom and Pat Halberstadt, Petersburg
I had the pleasure of working with Marlene in the Telenurse Dept at Springfield Clinic. I truly considered her to be ultimate "renaissance" woman! She could do it all and had such a passion for life!! Marlene you are missed! My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Kitty Prater
Jackie and Karen, I met your Mom many years ago when she was the nurse in my Doctor's office at Springfield Clinic. She kept that office in great shape and was never afraid to take charge and get things done. She was so proud of and talked about you both so much that Jackie, you babysat my kids, Kyle & Kelsey when they were very little and Karen, I would see you when I brought students down to SJR for tours. I would occasionally run in to your Mom in the grocery store & it was always so fun to "catch up". I'm sure that your hearts are full of sadness at this time, but very soon your hearts will be filled with wonderful memories of an amazing mother. My prayers are with each of you and your families.
Marlene was my mentor and my friend. We shared many delightful stories of being grandmas and mothers. She was always so fully engaged in life, her absence leaves a heartfelt void. Her passion for family, wisdom, honesty, generosity of spirit and kindness to others will continue to be inspirational for me. My heart aches for your loss; I find some comfort in her peace. I shall miss her. donna bartlett
Marlene was a wonderful person. I am grateful I saw her a few weeks ago while she was out running errands with Jackie. Many years ago I was a welcome guest in her home visiting Jackie and Karen. Marlene always treated me like one of her own and was always available for advice or a hug if I needed one. I remember asking for advice with my grandmothers health concernes and She took time out of her schedule to call my grandmother and gave her comfort, she did this many times. I am blessed to have these memories and to have known her. I am so sorry Jackie and Karen, Marlene was a wonderful mother and a remarkable woman. God Bless
Karen and Jackie, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Marlene in telenurse. She was one amazing lady. I was blessed to count her a friend. She loved you both so much and her grandchildren. She was smart, kind, compassionate, friendly, wonderful person. Your family will be in my prayers. Please remember we all now know a true angel in heaven.
Dear Karen and Jackie, Marlene was a dear friend at the Springfield Clinic. She and I sat next to each other at TeleNurse for four years. Marlene was a professional Registered Nurse with a vast knowledge. Marlene was even able to stop a train to get a patient transferred to a waiting ambulance for emergency care. She was a very kind lady with a heart of gold. Marlene always enjoyed a good joke and she had a great sense of humor. Jesus said, So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. John 16:22 Marlene is now in Heaven sending you warm hugs and she will always be in your hearts. May God Bless and bring you peace in the coming days. With love,
"What do I say about my dear friend? I am so thankful for the blessing of working with Marlene at Telenurse. We shared life for 8yrs. We were grandmas together and mom's of grown children. I learned so much from Marlene. She was a lady with a huge heart.....so kind.....so generous.....so patient. I'm thankful that she is free of the struggle that she had during this recent illness. She is with Jesus and all is truly well for her now. My prayers are for her dear ones that are left. Go on in the dignity and strength that your mother taught and modelled. She is so proud of you and her love for you will be with you every moment of every day. Kare, friend/co-worker, Springfield IL, February 5, 2014.
To the family our prayers are with you all Jackie and josh please let us know if there is any thing we can do for you Your friend Annie and Monte Maliongas
I was so blessed to have Marlene as a co-worker for many years! She was an amazing woman who always was doing something or taking care of someone! She loved her daughters and I would always look forward to hearing about her little grandchildren and seeing pictures. She was so proud of all of them! I learned so much about life from Marlene. She showed me that if you wanted something bad enough, you had to work for it, and she did! What an amazing woman she was and she is now dancing with Jesus and heaven has certainly gained a wonderful angel. Her name is Marlene Carlson! I love you Marlene!
Marlene welcomed me into her family of daughters, friends, and pets with an amazing, open heart. It's been years, but her laugh rings like yesterday. My thoughts are with Jackie, Karen, and those who know and love Marlene.
I worked with Marlene at the Springfield Clinic. She was such a great nurse and person. Back then she talked all the time about her daughters and you could tell she was a proud mom that loved them so much. I was really saddened to hear the news. Even thought I have never met you girls, I am sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you.
Marlene was a wonderful woman. I met her at the Clinic when I was a receptionist and then we both moved down to the telenurse department. I feel honored to have known her. Prayers to Jackie, Karen and their families.
Marlene was my mentor, when I first moved to Springfield in 1989 I was hired as a float nurse at Springfield Clinic and Marlene did my orientation. I was young and naive, Marlene was wonderful and patient. Years later when I came back to Springfield Clinic and began to work in the TeleNurse Department Marlene again trained me. I viewed her as "the best of the best" - an amazing nurse. Things I know to be true about Marlene; she loved her girls very much and was very proud of them, she adored her grandchildren, and she was a wonderful friend. When Marlene said she loved you, you knew it to be true. Marlene, I loved you too...always will.
My thoughts and prayers are with Marlene's daughters and grandchildren at such a sad time. Marlene was an amazing lady and I will miss her. I know that she is no longer in pain and that she is watching over us all !
Marlene and I had a nice visit just a week ago and she showed me the cute mugs with wonderful art work done by her darling grandchildren. I have been her Avon lady for many years and developed a great friendship. I know we will all miss her greatly. Joyce Kramer, Spfld., Feb o5, 2014
Goodbye to one of the great ones! I always told Marlene she was a renaissance woman- such a caring mom and grandmother, businesswoman, nurse, seamstress... There was nothing she couldn't do, even with one hand tied behind her back. Will miss her so much!
You are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with Marlene's daughters and their families, and friends. Marlene was like a mother, sister, friend all rolled into one. So thankful that she was brought into my life. I will miss her forever.
My heart and prayers are with the family. Marlene was an awesome friend and coworker. I will miss her every day for the rest of my life.
I am so very sorry for the loss of Marlene. I worked with her at Springfield Clinic. She was a wonderful nurse and awesome co-worker. Will keep all of you in my prayers.
Missy Hubbard (Giger) posted on 8/3/14
Jackie and Karen, I am so sorry, I have only just heard what has happened. I loved your mom so much! She was so wonderful - all of my best childhood memories include her and both of you. I hope you will both be able to find peace in knowing that she is without pain and knowing that she loved you so much. Even though it may seem that her life was taken too soon, I hope you can find joy in all the memories of happiness that she brought to you and all those she met. I love you both - Missy