CORNING, N.Y. - Lena "Carolyn" Carlson, age 86, of Painted Post, formerly of Port Allegany, PA, died Saturday (Oct. 19, 2013) at her daughter's home in Painted Post, N.Y.
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Born Aug. 11, 1927, in Coudersport, Pa., she was the daughter of Miles and Lena Haskins Harris. She married Sven J. "Jack" Carlson on Nov. 27, 1948, in Coudersport, and was preceded in death by him in 1984.
Carolyn graduated from Coudersport High School in 1945 and later from Robert's Beauty School in Buffalo, N.Y. She owned her own shop in Coudersport until marrying Jack and moving to Germany with him while he was stationed there in the U.S. Army.
When they returned to Port Allegany, Carolyn went to work for North Penn Gas Company where she worked in the accounting department for many years. Carolyn and Jack opened C & J Ceramics Shop and over the years she taught many students the art of ceramics. In 1986 Carolyn moved to Northern Virginia and worked for U.S. Home (Lennar). She retired in 2005 and moved to Corning.
In her spare time, Carolyn was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years and was a Past Matron and a District Deputy. She was a long time board member and President of the American Red Cross where she was Disaster Chairman and responsible for setting up and running an evacuation shelter in Port Allegany during the 1972 flood. Carolyn also served on the Board of Directors for the Port Allegany Ambulance Association during their start-up. Carolyn was an avid golfer and was on the Board of Directors, and President of the Smethport Country Club in Smethport, Pa. She thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at the LPGA Corning Classic.
She is survived by her daughter Carol Ann Carlson, her Grand puppy Mia of Painted Post, and several friends that are considered extended family.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Haughey Funeral Home Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning, where funeral services will follow at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CareFirst, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830 in Carolyn's name.
Carolyn's family has entrusted her care to Haughey Funeral Home Inc.
Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.
216 E. First St.
Corning, NY 14830
Published in The Bradford Era from Oct. 23 to Oct. 29, 2013