Carol Ann Carlson, a twenty-three year resident of Redondo Beach, California passed away on Friday, May 17, 2013. Born in Menominee, Michigan, Carol was 61 when she died. Carol grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Charles and Helen Fremgen. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1973, and subsequently began her career at St. Luke's Hospital in Wisconsin. She continued nursing for 17 years, tenderly caring for patients at many hospitals and clinics including University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Northwestern University, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has resided in Redondo Beach for the past twenty-three years with her husband Dr. L. Douglas Carlson and her son Eric. She attended Rolling Hills Covenant Church and enjoyed the company of fellow believers in Bible study groups there. She most enjoyed being with family and was a committed friend to many. She is survived by husband, Dr. L Douglas Carlson of Redondo Beach; son, Eric Carlson of Redondo Beach; mother, Helen Zunk of Muskego, Wisconsin; brother, William (Kim) Fremgen of Buffalo, New York. She was preceded in death by her father Charles Fremgen, who died when she was 13 in 1965. Following the death of her father Carol had a loving relationship with her mother's new husband Delbert Zunk, who died in 2004. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Wednesday May 29, 2013 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at Rolling Hills Covenant Church on Thursday May 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm with a reception following at the church until 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rolling Hills Covenant Church.

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  1. Dr. Carlson,

    I was very sad to read today in the Daily Breeze of your loss. Carol must have been a wonderful person. My heart goes out to you and Eric, and all those that loved her. Much too short a life!

    My prayers are with you, my friend and physician.

  2. From an alumna of Northwestern University, my heartfelt condolences to the family of Carol Ann Carlson, for the passing of your loved one, may God prove to be your refuge and strength during this time of distress and sadness as spoken of at Psalm 46:1

  3. Our deepest sympathies to the Carlson and Fremgen families. We are so sorry for your loss and keep you all in our prayers. I first met Carol at Lisa and Steve’s wedding, she was so kind and sweet. May God Bless and comfort you all.

  4. Doug – please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and Eric. I am so very sorry for your loss and felt very fortunate to spend some time with Carol when I was living out in Redondo Beach – she will be deeply missed.
    God Bless

  5. I spent my teenage years growing up just 2 blocks from Carol and her family, her home was like a second one to me. We were the best of friends at James Madison High school in Milwaukee and after college we enjoyed the night life together. Carol was also my traveling buddy and our first trip was a three week road adventure through the western United States. We both enjoyed the beauty of this country and taking so many pictures. Our favorite city turned out to be San Francisco and we returned there the following year to spent a whole week. One strange and fond memory was walking through the streets of Chinatown when a stranger turned around and asked us if we were from Milwaukee. We laughed and said “yes”, but of course we did not have an accent! We also took a vacation to Aruba which was another very fun adventure. We took many day trips around Wisconsin just to take pictures and enjoyed being togerther. Carol was my maid of honor at my wedding in 1983. I was sad when she moved to Chicago and even sadder when she moved all the way to California. I will cherrish her last visit to Milwaukee when we both had the time to spend together. We talked for hours as if time had stood still. We never missed a birthday or Christmas to keep in touch. My heart is broken at the loss of my dearest friend. I will miss you Carol.
    My condolences to Doug and Eric. Helen, I love you always and you are always in my heart.

  6. I met Carol once about 30 years ago when I worked with Helen at Bruner Corp. and Carol stopped in for a visit. From that impression and reading the story of her life it is clear that Carol was a wonderful caring person. Helen loved her kids very much and I am saddened for this loss to all. My deepest sympathy to Dr. Carlson and Eric, and to Helen, Bill & Kim and to all Carol’s friends. Carol is in my prayers that she has found peace with our Savior.

  7. I am a patient of Dr Carlson i heard of his wife death. I would like send my deepiest sympathy and prays to the whole family. Norma L Maddock

  8. I met Carol when I was 10. Carol and my brother Larry were 16 and Bill was 17. My dad Del and Carol and Bill’s mom Helen married two years later. Actually they married the day after Carol and Larry graduated from the same high school. I was so excited to have a new brother and sister and of course a new mom too! Carol became a wonderful role model for me during my teenage years. Carol was always so caring and kind to me besides smart and beautiful. I will always cherish our relationship and will remember the special person Carol was and that beautiful smile.

  9. Dear Dr. Carlson and Eric, I was so very sorry to read of the loss of your wife and mother, Carol. I remember meeting Carol through our mutual Wisconsin friends. Her smile is the same as I remember “decades ago”. May she live on in sweet memories. You will be in my thoughts. With Love, Jill Brand

  10. Dear Carlson and Fremgen Family,

    Our hearts and prayers go with you. Due to our long years of
    friendship, shared joys and tears, we have always regarded your family
    as a part of ours. We miss Carol and will remember her as that
    wonderful, caring person we hold dearly in our hearts along with all of

    Our faith and hope is in the Lord, yet we grieve with you praying for
    strength and comfort. May the Lord Bless you and keep you always.

  11. Dear Carlson Family,

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your loved
    one. Although, I don’t know your family personally, I surely empathize with
    what you may be feeling; as I have also lost loved ones in death.
    Thankfully, our Creator, has lovingly provided a means for us to see our dead
    loved ones again and cope with our pain the meantime. The scriptures tell us at
    John 5:28,29, “Do not marvel at this because the hour is coming when all
    those in the memorial tombs will hear my voice and come out.” Isn’t that a
    comforting promise? Other scriptures point to this happening in the very near
    future. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Take care.

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