Ervin O. Carsten, 89, of Lake City, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
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He was born in Bremen, to John and Mathilda (Karsten) Carsten. Ervin graduated from West Albany grade school. Ervin served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the South Pacific. He married Florabelle Brehmer on Sept. 17, 1949, in Eyota. They moved to Lake City, and he worked at the Cargill-flour Mill for 36 years, retiring in 1986. His wife, Florabelle passed away in 1992.
He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Lake City, and a life member of Lake City VFW Post 8729. Ervin enjoyed fishing, traveling, camping and especially music. He also loved spending time with his family and friends.
Ervin is survived by one son, Gary (Marlys) Carsten of Spring Valley, Wis.; one daughter, Penny (Robert) Linder of Lake City; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a special friend, Barbara Hielsher of Rochester and her family; and his little dog, Squirty.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florabelle; two sons, Wayne and Kim; two daughters, Sandra Carsten and an infant daughter, Jane; and a granddaughter, Kaili Linder.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lake City, with the Rev. Scott Fiege officiating. Burial will be in the Theilman Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mahn Family Funeral Home Anderson-Peterson Chapel in Lake City. Friends may also call one hour before the services at the church.
Military rites will be performed by Lake City VFW Post 8729 and American Legion Post 110.
Online condolences may be placed at mahnfamilyfuneral.com.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Sept. 24, 2013
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