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In Memory of Norma Carlson


10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday August 16, 2019
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
6355 10th Street North
Oakdale Minnesota, 55128

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday August 16, 2019
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
6355 10th Street North
Oakdale Minnesota, 55128

Norma E. Carlson, age 81 of Oakdale, MN, died peacefully Tuesday, August 13, 2019 with her loving family by her side. 

Norma was born on October 19, 1937 in Chetek, Wisconsin; the daughter of John and Carmen Bauer. She was raised in Chetek where she graduated high school. In 1955, she was united in marriage to Philip Dean, and the couple were blessed with five children; Kevin, Debbie, Jeffrey, Juliene, and Karen. She loved being a homemaker and tending to her family. As the children grew older, she worked various jobs at JC Penny, Kmart, and Dorothy Ann Bakery. Sadly, Philip would precede her in death in 1985.

Norma lived life with her family and faith being first and foremost. Nothing gave her greater smiles than being around her grandchildren. She enjoyed eating out at Gilligan’s Restaurant having wing dings or seeing friends every week over a game of hand and foot. She would find love again and marry Theodore “Ted” Carlson in 1991. Together, they have made Oakdale their home ever since. Norma enjoyed playing the piano to her favorite songs, maintaining her flower gardens, and feeding the birds. She loved the challenge of a good jigsaw puzzle and would rarely miss her favorite show, The Young and the Restless. She raised her children in a loving Christian household and has been a longtime member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Oakdale.

She will remain in the hearts of her husband, Ted; children, Kevin (Tami) Dean of Cottage Grove; Debbie Kaeder of Oakdale, Jeffrey Dean of Vadnais Heights, Juliene Norma Dean (Mike) of West Lakeland, and Karen Sue Dean of Oakdale; Scott (Erica) Carlson of Rockford MN, Bryan (Amy) Carlson of Centerville; grandchildren, Amy, Mallory, Evan, Pamela, Heather, Kristina (Patrick), Andrea (LeRoy), Nicholas (Amanda), Nicole (Will), Jennifer (Andrew), Grant, Kaiya, Jared; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Madison, Adrienne, McKenna, Gatlin; sister, Deyon Ziehme of Eau Claire; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Philip Dean; her parents, John and Carmen (Belnap) Bauer; siblings, Mervin, Norman, “Gord;” and brother-in-law, Larry Ziehme.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Friday, August 16 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6355 10th St. N, Oakdale, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church Friday morning. Interment Union Cemetery with casketbearers being her grandchildren.

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    • I’m sorry for your loss. I grew up living next door to Mrs Dean back then. As they say a neighborhood raises the children. She was so kind to all of us. I want to say thank you Mrs Dean for keeping an eye on us, keeping the kiddos safe, and being a bit of a time keeper. We all played outside a ton back then. Keeping us on track to be back to our homes for 5 pm dinner was a big deal. Couldn’t be a minute late. Thank you. And thank you for helping me get my Weeble Wobble toy out of the sewer. It was so kind of you. You’ll be missed. Thank you.

    • So sorry we will be out west and not able to attend the funeral. Thoughts and prayers with the family and much love to all. Many good memories of Norma, good stories, and laughter… all revolving around family.

    • Norma Always made me Smile !!!
      She Alwaya had one on her face…how could you not smile back.
      Beautiful Lady. Love 2 the entire Family.

    • Oh what to say about grandma….. she was a one of a kind grandma and great grandma. She loved having family get togethers and seeing all her children grandchildren and great grand children together having a good time laughing and enjoying one another’s company. She was always there for you and never thought twice when you need a hand or a shoulder or friend. She was a tell it like it is women with a kind caring heart, she will be greatly missed. We have many memories that we will always carry in our hearts. We love and miss you grandma.

    • She was a one of a kind grandma. Always there for you and always willing to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed being around family and seeing her grandkids and great grand kids having fun laughing and loved spending time with them, even if it was a short visit. She will be gratefully missed and for ever in our hearts.