Roger Carl CARLSON
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Age 74 of White Bear Lake, MN Passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on June 19, 2020. Survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda (Ingberg) Carlson; daughters, Carolyn (Jeff) Zervas and Christine (Alexander) Chan; grandchildren, Julia and Carl Zervas; brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Sue Carlson; nephew, Ben (Jenny) Carlson and niece, Danica Carlson and many relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents Carl and Wendy (Knapik) Carlson. Roger was a retired teacher from the White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi School Districts. He had many lifelong interests and enjoyed meeting people who shared these interests. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, running model trains and playing chess and ukulele. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials and donations to the Friends of the Boundary Waters or the Northeast Orchestra.





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Published in Pioneer Press on Jun. 21, 2020.
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19 entries
July 2, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful man, teacher and friend of the family my thoughts and prayers are with the family. This world is a little less bright without his light in it. Ill never forget the lessons he taught me while at Mahtomedi ALC and the wisdom he shared with me. He was truly an Amazing individual that will be missed. Rest In Peace Mr. Carlson and Thank you!
P.s to the Carlson family after this craziness of Covid if there will be a memorial please let me know so I can come pay my respect. Sincerely Aaron Casselberry
Aaron Casselberry
Student
June 28, 2020
Im sorry to hear this news. What a kind, intelligent person, genuinely interested in conversation. He lit up when he discovered my husband grew up in Trade Lake, which wouldve been the last time we talked at any length. I sure will miss seeing him around St. Andrews. Your family is in my prayers.
Suzanne Straiton Hoefs
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Dear Linda, Carolyn, and Christine,

I was sad to hear about Rogers passing. I have fond childhood memories visiting with Roger at Carl and Wendys house. I especially enjoyed playing with model trains and later in life visiting with all of you.

With Sympathy,
Kevin, Jenny, James
Kevin Rurup
Family
June 25, 2020
Linda, Carolyn, and Christine - I am so sorry to hear about Roger's passing. I have so many fond memories of him from my childhood and beyond. He was always so interested and invested in me, and in everyone he came into contact with. He modeled how to care for your community and how to joyfully pursue your passions. His spirit and lessons endure with us. My sincere condolences for your loss.
Lauren Parnell Marino
Acquaintance
June 23, 2020
Mr. Carlson was a fantastic - one of a man! He went out of his way to not leave anyone behind in class and will be missed! I am so glad he was my teacher and used his life to impact so many in our community! To his family I hope the many memories shared provide some comfort during this difficult time.
Danielle (Zitzer) Gaytan
Student
June 22, 2020
I treasured each and every conversation with Roger. I've known him for many, many years. He taught my daughters at White Bear Lake and I knew him from back in the 80's in another district. He was such a gentle soul, very knowledgeable in so many disciplines, I will miss him. He was an original. Blessings on his soul.
Reggie Buresh
Coworker
June 22, 2020
Dear Carlson Family,
I so enjoyed Roger! We worked together at Mahtomedi Middle School. I always enjoyed our conversations. He was also a favorite Science teacher of my son Mike, who Roger mentored from afar long after middle school.
My condolences to you all.
Barb Connelly
Coworker
June 22, 2020
Deepest sympathies to the Carlson family! I shared a room with Roger for several years at Mahtomedi Middle School. He was a bit messy; but always welcoming and kind. He connected with so many kids that would come and visit him from years ago.

Condolences to you, Linda and family.

Kelly Shafer
Kelly Shafer
Coworker
June 22, 2020
Roger was a good neighbor and worked tirelessly to assure our neighborhood had access to White Bear Lake.
Our condolences to you Linda and your girls and family.
Dave and Janet Stenglein
Neighbor
June 22, 2020
Linda, Carolyn and Christine, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families. Roger was a gentle soul who had a wide range of interests that he loved to talk about. You always came away from a conversation learning something new.
From camping in the boundary waters, to playing in orchestras, celebrating weddings, births, birthdays....the memories will be cherished always. We love you!
Bob and Mary Dahle
Friend
June 22, 2020
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Roger. I taught at Mahtomedi Middle School and was fortunate to know him as not only a wonderful teacher but a friend. We had many conversations about a variety of topics. I was intrigued by his knowledge of many things. I felt he was a great teacher and had a gift connecting with his students. He followed his own path and helped many young people follow theirs.
I will miss Roger. Im sorry to hear he had been ill and battled cancer.
May you have Perfect Peace, Roger.
Pat Bigalk
Friend
June 22, 2020
Linda, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Such a huge loss. I have so many charming memories of you and Roger at St. Andrews. One of us was always late to church, orchestra rehearsals in your living room, coffee and cookie chats, flute lessons, Pagoda, etc. He was a beautiful soul and will be terribly missed, but always remembered.
Julie Lindstrom Parnell Myhre
Acquaintance
June 22, 2020
Roger was a true Renaissance Man! I had the pleasure of teaching art with him at Mahtomedi Middle School and was always amazed at his level of expertise and enthusiasm. He was such a caring soul and will be missed. I am sorry for your loss.
Wendy Grandlienard
Coworker
June 21, 2020
Thoughts and prayers are with the whole Carlson Family!
Sending hugs , love and prayers
Peace in Christ ,
Kim Bruss
Kim Bruss
Friend
June 21, 2020
He was one of my favorite teachers!
Becky erickson
Student
June 21, 2020
I had the pleasure of being taught by Mr Carlson for 3 years of my schooling. He was my 8th grade science teacher and he came to teach at the mahtomedi alc my junior year of highschool. He is one of the only teachers to ever reach me. I learned to chase after my curiosities from him. I am so sorry for your loss and I just wanted you to know that he has alot of students like me who owe him a debt of gratitude for not giving up on us.
Nick Andreotti
Student
June 21, 2020
Roger was one of a Kind. He was a great teacher and friend. I remember woking with him as a teacher in White Bear, teaching Elementary Art to Kindergartners and first graders. We would use puppets to teach and the kids loved it! We loved it even more---we had so much fun together!! We often saw each other at St Andrews, and would have good conversations.

Jerry and I offer our condolences and prayers to Linda and her family. We love you all and will miss Rogers presence among us. We are sure he is happy among the Angels, walking around Heaven having intelligent conversations with them1
Diane and Jerry Tonder
Friend
June 21, 2020
Roger marched to the beat of a different drummer, and I always liked that about him. We worked together at the Mahtomedi Middle School, and I am glad I had the chance to know him. To the Carlson family, know you are in my thoughts. He was a kind soul.
Susan Kluegel
Friend
June 21, 2020
We would like to send our thoughts and condolences to the Carlson family.
We enjoyed working with Roger when he came to Centerpoint to teach art or science at the same time Ben and Danica were students there. Roger always listened respectfully to the students and shared his knowledge and wonder about the world with them. We appreciate how Roger contributed to the community. Rest peacefully.
Sincerely,
Kent Peterson and Susan Sedro
Kent Peterson
Teacher
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