GALETON - Jean L. Benn Carlson, 97, of Galeton, died Monday (Nov. 14, 2016) in the Skilled Nursing and Rehab Unit at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
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Born Sept. 5, 1919, in Sabinsville, she was a daughter of the late Fred D. and Mirenda Schott Benn. On April 29, 1947, in Arnot, she married Leonard Carlson, who preceded her in death in 1990.
Jean worked as a welder at the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. near Philadelphia during World War II, and then at Smith of Galeton Gloves and Martin's General Store in Galeton. However, Jean was a homemaker for most of her life. She enjoyed preparing meals for family gatherings and one of her biggest priorities was having her family together.
Jean was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting baby blankets, doing various crafts and bowling. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Galeton and a past member of the Goodyear Hose Auxiliary.
Surviving are a son, Frank (Nancy) Carlson of Galeton; a daughter, Kathy (John) Nordquist of Coudersport; a son-in-law, Laurence Bailey of Galeton; seven grandchildren, Eric Bailey, Kristin Martuccio, Kevin Bailey, Joshua Nordquist, Nicole McCutcheon, Benn Carlson, and Mary Wimer; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Agnes Lechler of Galeton; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Jean was predeceased by a daughter, JoAnn Bailey in 2005; and all four of her siblings, John Benn, Florence Doyle, Fred Benn Jr., and Marjorie (Nelson) Berwaldt. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, from 5 to 7 p.m. today and on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St.Paul's Lutheran Church, Galeton. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Tom Shatto officiating. Interment will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cole Foundation at Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 East Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915; or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Galeton.
Hess Funeral Home
14 West St
Galeton, PA 16922
Published in The Bradford Era from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, 2016