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.