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In Memory of Carlton "Carl" E. Westerdahl

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday August 5, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Prayer Service and Military Honors

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday August 5, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Carlton “Carl” E. Westerdahl, age 90, of River Falls, WI, formerly of Hudson, WI, passed away on July 30, 2021 at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN.

Carl was born on April 30, 1931 in Beldenville, WI to Wm. Julius and Amelia (Paulsen) Westerdahl. He grew up in New Richmond, and later his family relocated to River Falls in 1946. He graduated from River Falls High School, the class of 1949.  That summer, he started working at Andersen Windows until 1952, when he was called to duty in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He served with the SeaBees at Great Lakes and later at Subic Bay in the Philippines. Upon his honorable discharge and return home, he resumed work at Andersen Windows. Throughout his career there, he worked on the putty line in the Glazing Department, worked as Supervisor of the Data Entry IBM Department and Computer Center, and later as Supervisor of the Telecommunications Department. After 42 dedicated years, he retired in 1991.

In 1956, he was united in marriage to Judy Larsen. Though their marriage would later end in divorce, they were blessed with four children. In April 1973, he married Anita Brown, adding another daughter and son to their family. Together, they enjoyed countless travels around the United States in their motor home. He also enjoyed camping, golfing, and his bi-monthly meeting with his Coffee Clutch friends.

Carl is survived by his wife, Anita; children: DeLyte (Lonnie) Millin, JoAnn (Ron) Pottebaum, Mike (Julie) Westerdahl, and Chad (Shannon) Westerdahl; step-daughter, Jerrolyn (Joe) Berg; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and son, Bill.

A Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson followed by a prayer service and military honors at 7:00p.m. at the funeral home.

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    • Dee so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Hugs to you and your family

    • Carl was very much apart of my life growing up. He was my Dad’s friend (Donald Danielson) and me sometimes babysitting. The main thing I remember was the CB club in the kitchen. That was hilarious at times. Good guy and always loved him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    • Two babies born in Beldenville, Wis.; two young guys later joining the Navy; and then two men (Rex and Carl) marrying sisters, my Mother and my Aunt Anita. Their friendship lasted 15 years when my Father, Rex, entered Heaven. Throughout their years together, they shared many things in common including a belief in hard work, volunteering in their mutual communities, big hearts, a love of family, camping trips, travel, as well as devotion to their wives, country, and God.

      I will always consider my Uncle Carl a good person. He welcomed my Mom, myself, and my son with open arms. I best got to know him on a memorable trip to Hawaii. Being in his family circle was a warm, fun place to be. Besides this, there were many RV caravans that included both my Aunts and Mom, trips by plane, and festive holiday gatherings.

      Uncle Carl, you will be remembered and missed. Your quiet manner, your quick smile, and your interest in the well being of others. I feel sad that your last years were filled with so many health issues but you fought, with courage and determination, to stay. God bless and keep you – now and forever. Amen.

      My sincere sympathy to my Aunt and cousins. May you be comforted and find peace.

    • JoAnn, Mike and families,

      We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Even though you know that there going to leave one day, it’s never easy when they do.
      Wishing you comfort in great memories during this time.

      We’re sorry we won’t be able to make it to the visitation on Thursday .

      Take care,
      Margo & Bill