Eunice L. Carlson

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Eunice Leveia Carlson, 95 of McGregor, passed away Monday, March 18, 2024, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Eunice was born Dec. 15, 1928, to Elmer and Leona (Kraus) Nading in Edgewood. Eunice attended country schools through the eighth grade and a half year of high school in McGregor. Eunice then stayed home and helped on the farm, doing chores and milking cows.


On Dec. 27, 1946, Eunice was united in marriage with George William Carlson. Seven children were born to this union. Eunice was busy raising the children, being a housewife and farmer. She later went to work for The White Springs, McGregor Electronics, Monona Wire and Walmart until her retirement. Eunice enjoyed listening to country music, dancing, playing cards and traveling. Her greatest joy was gatherings with her family and friends. She was a very active member of First Lutheran Church and her church family was an important part of her life.


Although money was never plentiful in her life, Eunice always considered herself rich. She was always strong in spirit, even though she had endured so much loss. She survived losing her parents, husband, sisters, brothers and much of her generation. Eunice lost much of her vision, which caused her to lose her freedom to drive and be independent. Hearing loss also added to her difficulties, but the most trying for her was the loss of her granddaughter, Beth, her oldest son, Dennis, and her youngest daughter, Sharon. But through it all Eunice continued to smile and give hugs to everyone.


Surviving Eunice are five of her children, Sue (Mike) Thomas, Dave (Laura) Carlson, Sandy (Jerry) Steele, Rich Carlson and Roger (Jan) Carlson; daughter-in-law, Teresa Carlson; son-in-law, Rick Yeazle; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Edith Nading; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Eunice was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Leona Nading; husband, George Carlson; daughter, Sharon Yeazle; son, Dennis Carlson; stepfather, Clarence Schmidt; granddaughters, Beth Abel and Amanda Thomas; great-grandson, Clayton Shaw; son-in-law, Steve Hubanks; brothers and sisters, Marvin Nading, Dwain and Joyce Nading, Marcella and Clarence Gregerson and Melva and Elmer Wagner.


Funeral service was March 25, at First Lutheran Church (Swede Ridge), rural McGregor, with Gary Hatcher as the officiant. Inurnment followed at the church cemetery.


Memorials may be made to: First Lutheran Cemetery Fund, 31743 175th St., McGregor, IA 52157; Crossing Rivers Health Hospice, 37868 U.S. Hwy. 18, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821; and Mar-Mac Rescue Squad, 205 Fourth St., McGregor, IA 52157.


Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of McGregor is assisting the family with services.

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