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In Memory of Carl "Cal" Lund

Visitation

3-6PM - Monday, April 20 at O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson, followed by a 6PM Funeral Service at the funeral home

Funeral Services

Celebration of Life Service 11AM - Tuesday, April 21 at Faith Community Church in Hudson

Carl “Cal” Lund died peacefully on April 14, in Winona, MN at the age of 78.

Carl is survived by his sister, Ruth Koska; brother, David (Janice) Lund; daughters, Deette Lund (Travis Atchison), Candy Lund, Lori (Rob) Capistrant; son, Craig ”Jethro”” Lund; son-in-law-in-heart, James Peterson; grandchildren, Cori (Jake), Trevor, Caleb, Baily, Maddilynn, Carli, Ryan; great-granddaughter Ellie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Kelly Peterson, and his former spouse Theresa Lund.

Carl was born on September 20, 1936 in Wilson, Minn. to Clarence A. Lund and Gertrude E. Lund (nee Riebe). He spent his youth on the family farm in Wilson, Minn. In 1950 the entire family moved to Markville, Minn. lock stock and barrel, to start a new adventure operating a general store. Carl worked at the store and for a local farmer, spending much of his hard earned money on cars that he always intended to restore. During this time he also attended Sandstone High School where he enjoyed running around with his friends and playing on the school football team.

Around 1954 he returned to Winona where he again put his farm experience to work. He worked for several farmers in the Winona and Altura area until he began his career as a union laborer in 1959. Carl moved to the Hudson area around 1959, eventually building a house and home for his family among the pines on the outskirts of Hudson.

He married Phyliss Couture in 1960 and had a daughter, Kelly. He later married Theresa Vittori in 1969 and had 4 more children, Deette, Candice, Craig and Lori. For the last few years Ilene Gerth loved and cared for him.

Carl was a member of the Laborers Local 132 (563) Union for 56 years and worked with concrete, brick, block and cement in every way imaginable. He was considered an artist in his trade by his peers and clients. Carl worked for several local contractors including many years with (M. A.) Mortenson Construction and then retired working for Gagnon Inc. A few of the buildings he worked on include the Valley House (Houlton), the Radisson Hotel (St. Paul), and the Hartford Life building (494/694 interchange).

For a short time, while recovering from an injury, he drove school bus for the Hudson School District and handed out stuffed animals to the kids who behaved well on his routes. He also enjoyed delivering flowers for Vine Street Florist for some of that time. On his off hours he worked on smaller construction projects for friends and family and was a caretaker for several private cabins in Willow River State Park.

During his recent time spent in Winona, Carl was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He enjoyed bingo, meat raffles, Friday night fish fry’s and every year he found ways to support the cancer telethon.

Carl was a genuine all-around good guy who was everyone’s friend and he knew no strangers. A stranger to him was just a friend he hadn’t been able to chat with yet. He had a joking nature and loved making people smile with his many jokes and funny stories. His generosity showed with his habit of doling out 50 cent pieces and 2 dollar bills to people wherever he went. Some of you may have fallen for the joke that went along with the 2 dollar bill. Carl was also a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed cheering them on with family and friends whenever he could.

Carl enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, fishing, boating, hosting meat raffles, and collecting treasures. He loved nature and was always planting and growing things at his home. Carl often brought plants and flowers as gifts everywhere he went. He loved and cared for all animals and had a variety of pets over the years – dogs, cats, chickens and even a raccoon. Carl will be missed by many.

A visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, April 20 at the O’Connell Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson with a Funeral Service concluding the evening at 6 p.m. For those of you who cannot make the Monday night service, a Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Rd., Hudson with a visitation 1 hr prior to the service at church. Fellowship to follow. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers. 

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