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Doris Carlson

April 22, 1918-Feb. 12, 2012

Former Audubon resident Doris M. Carlson, 93, of Minnetonka, Minn., died Sunday, February 12, 2012 at St. Augustana Chapel Nursing Home in Hopkins.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 in St. Peter's Lutheran Church, rural Audubon, with Pastor Paul Peterson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was held for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Doris Marie Carlson was born to Isaac and Elaine (Schur) Roberts on April 22, 1918 in Arthur, N.D. She was raised and educated in Arthur, graduating from Arthur High School in 1936. She attended practical nurses training in Bismarck, N.D. While continuing her training at Ambrose, N.D., she met Bruce Carlson, who was a member of the Ambrose school faculty.

Doris and Bruce were united in marriage June 7, 1940 in Fargo. They made their home in Linton, N.D., and while Bruce served with the U.S. Army, Doris lived with her parents in Fargo. Following his discharge, they returned to Linton.

After Bruce completed his qualification to become a superintendent of schools, they made their home in Oilmont, Mont., Columbus, N.D., and Velva, N.D., prior to coming to Audubon in 1959.

They moved to Sacred Heart, Minn., in 1969 and, following Bruce's retirement, they returned to their home on Cormorant Lake in rural Audubon. Bruce died in 1982.

Doris enjoyed cross stitching, cooking (especially her family's favorite potato pancakes), baking and playing an active role in school and church communities. She could often be seen cooking, and making the gravy for the St. Peter's church dinners.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy (Dennis) Shepherd of Wheatridge, Colo., and Gayle Specht of Buffalo, Minn.; a son, Loren Carlson of St. Louis Park, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Lori Shepherd, Chrissy (Jeff) Wasinger, Debbie (Tim) Wolfe, Denise Specht, Becky (Mike) Bohnenstingl, Amy (Ryan) Anderson, Kraig Carlson and Sally (Dan) Larson; seven great grandchildren, Mason and Clara Wolfe, Michael Bohnenstingl, Tyler Anderson, Robert and Tiana Wasinger and Owen Waldo; and one sister, Jean Welsh of Seattle, Wash.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers. Bud and Ren; and two sisters, Eleanor and Addie.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at