June 24, 2014 - From the Steinert family (Darla, Terry, Matt and Hannah):
"Some people pass through our lives like never-ending streams. Others stop and touch our hearts with a warmth that never leaves."
It has taken me a year to try and put together some thoughts- and here goes... We moved here from Chicago in 2005. It was a job change for my husband otherwise we would probably have never landed in Wichita. Thank goodness we did. Because it was clearly God's plan to not only introduce us to Paul and Freyja Carlstedt, but build a special and cherished relationship with them.
Paul you will forever be in our hearts. If we had never come to Kansas we never would have never known who Paul Carlstedt was. Isn't God wonderful? Because now we do; and we are blessed to have had you in our life. May we continue to grow in love and friendship with Freyja and your wonderful family.
You were the person my kids were happy to call friend. They loved you like a grandpa. In school whenever they have to write about someone they look up to they always pick Paul. You stood for all things good. And you had a genuine smile and happy presence in every day he rose with the sun. And they are grateful to have Matt's “Honored Veteran” interview and moviemaker project to remember your honor and patriotism. “You were like a grandfather to me. Enjoy your eternity in heaven with God.” - Matt (06/24/2013)
Paul – thanks for being a living example of what being a true disciple of Christ and exercising servant hood as part of your normal day. You have a God-giving heart. Throughout his good (and bad) days he always championed other people first – he served others before he served himself. Thank you for Lent, "Root Beer float Sundays, midweek service meals, Holy Trinity Popsicles, the Super Bowl wings and pool, Christ Lutheran Church's handy man, St Paul's Breakfasts, and the Clinging Cross...(and this is the short list of the all the "stuff" Paul did)
As your choir director we all still miss you very much and we know you have taken your place to sing with the angels in heaven. Rest assured you won't need to mark any music with any half-step up or half-step marks. Your faithfulness, whimsy, and sheer joy in singing in the choir made each week fun. And to think that on June 2, 2013, Hannah's confirmation, that would be your last Sunday singing at CLC. You were determined and you did it! Thank you!!!
And I will close this long tribute to you with words for my dear friend Freyja: “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not “get over” the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but, you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to.” Someday we will be able to “think” about things again…someday… just call me friend!
And to Paul - never stop being my yellow butterfly that stops by to just see how I'm doing... you continue to lift my spirit in joy.
In God's love, Darla Steinert and family
Freyja, I just heard about Paul's death and am so sorry. Your photo tribute was a wonderful walk through time and certainly showed what a great family you have and how important Paul was to all of you. The obituary captured his love for life and use of humor to make others happy. What a gift! May you find Peace and Understanding in the days ahead.
Pam Caldwell Telleen and Bill Telleen
Paul was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
so sorry for your lost. I know he will be missed by many.My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family
I had the pleasure and honor to have worked with Paul at Walden & Sons Food Brokerage many years ago. I thought a lot of Paul and the example he was for others, myself included. I was shocked and saddened to see that Paul passed away, but I know he was called home and Heaven is very lucky to have him! I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Freyja I'm so very sorry to hear about Paul's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Our heartfelt condolences, we will always remember his smile and positiveness...from Rose Axman (VA)
Rest Paul, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.
Thank you for your service to this nation.
What a beautiful tribute to your Father, Jason and Jeff. You and your families will be in our prayers. Paul was a GREAT man. We know he will be missed.
Fraza, so sorry to hear of Pauls passing, know your in our prayers.such a great time when we were all together on the block
The Carlstedt family photos posted here are like a window into wonderful memories that Paul shared with each of you. I pray for these memories to bring comfort and peace to your hearts.
Assistant to Jason Carlstedt
It was great to be with Paul and his family in May for his granddaughter Brooke's confirmation. So full of spirit, and happiness to be with those he loved.
We will remember Paul as an avid Wingnuts fan. God bless your family and give you peace.
I am very saddened to learn of Paul's passing. We had many wonderful times singing in our little choir at Christ Lutheran with Freyja trying maintain some decorum while the rest of us were absolutely out of control. Of course our leader was Paul. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand and cover you with his compassionate and comforting love.
To Pauls family, so many great memories of Sales Meetings, Food Shows, and out of town trips! Paul definitely loved his Jayhawks. I being from Mo. am a Tigers fan and we always gave each other a hard time. I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was truely a great person and have missed him greatly since his retirement. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. He was truely a great friend! Bill Skinner AWG Brands.
To the family. So sorry to hear about Paul I enjoyed working with him at Walden and Sons. He was the greatest boss ever, also enjoyed him as an AWG rep calling on the store where I worked. I will miss his laughter and wit. Jack George
Freyja and Sons,
Paul was so welcoming when I began coming to Church. My prayer are with you and all your extended family.
Freyja and Family, I was so sorry to hear about Paul. I have such fond memories of the two summers he lived with my mom and I in Aurora when we were in college. I can hear his laugh as I am typing this and the joy he had for life which ended to soon for him. Cousin Jane Hankes Richards
Freyja and family
We are so very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. God's peace be with you. All the years with the Heights summer baseball league come back to mind.
Dennis & Elaine Harvey
Freyja & families
Paul was a great friend and mentor. Thank you for sharing him with us. Your in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort today and forever.
Billy, Joyce & Faith McDaniel
My family's deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. We will miss Paul's visits to KC. We will keep you in our prayers.
Kristina, Rodney, Reagan and Colton Smith
Freyja, Jeff, Jason and Michael and to the whole family, our hearts go out to you at the loss of Paul. He was one of the truly good guys in this world and his loving smile and sense of humor will be missed.
Will dearly miss my Uncle Paul, awesome memories will always be with me. I know he is with his family in heaven smiling down on all of us especially his wonderful family.
Freja, Jeff, Jason and Michael....
Our hearts and prayers are with you and all the family. Paul has a character bigger than life and he has had a positive influence on hundreds of people throughout his life. His spirit, advice, compassion and zeal for life and family will never be forgotten. I do not remember who said it first, but it is said that what you do for yourself dies with you, but what you do for others lives on forever. Paul has done so much for others, he and has wonderful laugh will be with us all forever. God bless you all. We love you!
Freja, Jeff, Jason and Michael....
Our hearts and prayers are with you and all the family. Paul has a character bigger than life and he has had a positive influence on hundreds of people throughout his life. His spirit, advice, compassion and zeal for life and family will never be forgotten. I do not remember who said it first, but it is said that what you do for yourself dies with you, but what you do for others lives on forever. Paul has do e so much for others, he and has wonderful laugh will be with us all for ever. God bless you all. We love you!
The entire WEBCO Family is extremely saddened by the loss of Paul. He was always so energetic, outgoing and willing to help me. He was a great man and he will truely be missed.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Thinking of you and remembering what a wonderful guy Paul was. We have many fond memories of Paul as a Baseball Coach, loving Dad and example for so many of us, as well as a friend. Our thoughts are with you all.
Freyja, Jeff, Jason, Michael & families,
May our loving heavenly Father grant you all strength, peace and comfort in the days ahead. Paul did it all and will be truly missed by many. In the days ahead, may happy memories uphold you. With deepest sympathy and love, Donn & Deborah Bischoff