Ralph Gusta Carlson Sr.

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Ralph Gusta Carlson Sr., 86, beloved husband of the late Ann (Petrella) Carlson, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Manchester Memorial Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

Ralph was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Sunne Varmland, Sweden, son of the late Adolf and Olga (Petersson) Carlson. Raised in Hartford, he resided in Manchester before retiring in Largo, Fla. He graduated from Hartford High. Ralph was employed by the United States Postal Service in Hartford and East Hartford. He was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in Iwo Jima. He was president of the Swedish Club in Kensington in the mid '70s and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Florida. He loved bowling and was in a league at the Twedt's Bowling Center in Largo, Fla. In his earlier years, he loved spending time at the beach with his family. He cherished time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ralph will be most remembered for the twinkle in his eye and his endearing smile, which was a constant reminder of what a charming gentleman he truly was.

Ralph is survived by his son, Ralph Carlson Jr., and his wife, Lea, of Andover; his daughters, Nancy Carlson of Manchester, Gail Hartzog, and her husband, Tom Hesse, of Manchester; his brothers, Herbert Carlson of Hartford and Leonard Carlson of Colchester; his sister, Agnes Keller, and her husband, Hershel, of Palmetto, Fla.; his grandchildren, Neil Hartzog, and his wife, Kelly, of West Hartford, Adam Hartzog, and his wife, Lindsay, of Manchester, Travis Carlson, and his wife, Karen, of Manchester, Trenton Carlson, and his fiancée, Monica Lopez, of Worcester, Mass.; his great-grandchildren, Devin, Julia, Alyssa, and Gavin Hartzog, Alexandra, Jacob, and Gabrielle Carlson; and many nieces and nephews; special friends, Tom Hartzog, who was like a son to Ralph; Marge Sugden, a dear friend; Wayne and Barb Nelson, thanks you for your help. He is predeceased by his siblings, Doris Levesque, Emmy Bennett, Margaret Peck, John and Harry Carlson.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford.

Calling hours are Friday, April 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will be held in Florida at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 6 to Apr. 10, 2011
Ralph G. Carlson
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318 Burnside Ave | East Hartford, CT 06108 | (860) 528-4135
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