Age 72, of Minneapolis, died on Sept. 14, 2021, ten months after her lung cancer diagnosis. May the memory of her luminous life be a solace to all who loved her. Linda Christine Carlson was born on Apr. 8, 1949, to Harry and Marian Carlson of St. Paul, and spent her childhood in the supportive embrace of the Highland Park neighborhood. She graduated from Highland Park High School and Gustavus Adolphus College and studied post-grad at Hamline University and the University of Paris (Sorbonne). She taught French at Breck School in the 1970s and led student groups on summer trips to France. She married Stephen J. Odegard and moved with him to his hometown of Princeton, Minn., where they operated the Odegard family businesses, an auto dealership and a school bus fleet, and Linda taught adult literacy. They helped to enliven the Princeton scene for nearly a quarter century. After Steve's untimely death in 1996, Linda returned to the Twin Cities and settled into a condominium overlooking downtown Minneapolis and historic St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. She found love a second time when she met Harlan Cavert in 1999 and married him in 2001, and they celebrated their 20th anniversary this past June. Following her teaching career, Linda gained fulfillment from serving as a volunteer member of boards and committees of various education-, health- and arts-related nonprofits. She was an avid world traveler, a committed walker, and a fan of New York Times crossword puzzles. Linda was preceded in death by: her parents, Harry and Marian; her husband Steve; his parents, Robert and Barbara Odegard; and Harlan's parents, Mead and June Cavert. She is survived by: her husband, Harlan Cavert; his children and their spouses, William Cavert and Kathryn Wegner of St. Paul and Elizabeth and Nicholas Scheibel of Minneapolis; adored grandchildren, Diana Cavert and Samuel Cavert; her brother, Charles Carlson of California; her niece, Christine Beauchemin of New York, and Christine's family, Colin, Sam and Oscar; Harlan's brother and family, Winston Cavert, Carol Witte, Elspeth Cavert and Johan Cavert of Minneapolis; her cherished coterie of Princeton pals; her stalwart friends of the sobriety community; and countless others who flourished in the warmth of her sun. Special thanks to Dr. John Seng and his team at Minnesota Oncology, the dedicated staffs of Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and the Allina Health home hospice program, and the capable and compassionate caregivers of Grace A Team. A remembrance gathering will be planned at a later date. Contact: [email protected]
Memorial gifts are preferred to Literacy Minnesota, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Published by Pioneer Press on Sep. 19, 2021.