Annette Carlson Obituary (2022) – Michigan City, IN

Annette N. Carlson, 83, of Michigan City, Indiana, died at home on January 23, 2022, with her loving family by her side.

Christian Funeral Mass will be held on February 2, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Queen of All Saints Church. Entombment will take place after Mass in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens. The viewing will be February 1, 2022 from 4-6 p.m. at Root Funeral Home and February 2 from 9-10 a.m. at the Legacy Center at Queen of All Saints Church (before mass).

A rosary will be recited Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Annette was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Zoa (Mitchell) Nichols, formerly of La Porte, Indiana; and one sister, LeEdda Johnson of McGregor, Minnesota.

On June 22, 1957, at La Porte at St. Joseph’s Church, she married the love of her life, Gus W. Carlson Jr., who predeceased her on July 15, 2016, but we are sure that he was there to greet his wife at the gates of heaven.

Surviving are five daughters, Joan (Jim) Ganschow of Trail Creek, Sue Ann Carlson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Debi Nabhan of Valparaiso, Lori (Jerry) Wilson of Bridgman, Michigan, and Monique Cook of Michigan City; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law; younger sister, Laura Lee Wroza of Sterling Heights Michigan; brother, Albert Bud Burbeck of California; two brothers-in-law, Jack Johnson of McGregor, Minnesota, and Patrick Carlson of Plymouth, Indiana; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Annette was a woman of faith, an inspiring person full of grace, kindness and humor. She was a longtime member of Queen of All Saints Church, active in the church, including QAS festivals, and a volunteer at the Worship Chapel; an entrepreneur – with many exciting businesses, from buses and candles to concession stands; Leader of Girl Scout and State Council, Director of Girl Scout Camps in Motts Woods and Sony Springs, affectionately known as Woody; a member of Moose Family Center 980 and Elks Lodge 2532, where she was the former president of the Vivians; Meals on Wheels delivery; Ladies enjoyed Card Club every month for over 50 years with the same girls; and an avid reader, traveler, and sports enthusiast, especially Cubs, Bears, and Notre Dame sports.

Annette was a humble community activist who positively impacted many lives. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother (GG), sister, aunt and friend.

She shared and lived the family mantra: Faith, Family & Fun!

Memoirs can be made at the Social and Learning Institute, Queen of All Saints Church or Marquette High School.

Published by La Porte County Herald-Dispatch on January 28, 2022.

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