R. Suzie Carlson, age 70, of Cambridge died March 21, 2012 at Cortlandt Healthcare in Cortlandt Manor, New York. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 27th at Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. David Everett officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM on Monday, March 26th at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Ramona Sue Carlson was born November 10, 1941 in Cambridge, Minnesota to Ward and Viola (Olson) Young. She was raised in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1960. Suzie was very active in school activities. Suzie devoted her life to raising her three children, giving of herself as a mother to provide a happy loving home. She was also very active in the community, volunteering with numerous organizations including the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce, Harbor Room, and MS Society. She did it all, and always with a smile.
She enjoyed crafts and was a very artistic person. From her paintings to wallpapering, her ceramics to homemade cards and gift wrapping, she had a creative way of doing things. Suzie loved spending time with her friends, especially enjoying her annual trip up north with her classmates. She had many gatherings of friends and she enjoyed sharing a glass of wine with them. Suzie loved life and enjoyed every moment.
Suzie worked as a personal Banking Officer at Peoples Bank of Commerce for 36 years, retiring in December 2010. During her years of service she became known to many as an institution at Peoples. She developed many strong friendships with customers and coworkers at the bank over the years.
In recent years her greatest joys were her four “grandbabies”. Suzie became an integral part of their lives and she celebrated the joy of watching them grow.
Suzie will be lovingly remembered by her son, Jamie (Pam) Carlson of Circle Pines; daughter, Laura (Scott) Lerner of Montgomery, New York; mother, Viola Young of Cambridge; brother, Jim (Jeannie) Young of Cambridge; four precious grandchildren, Jonah and Valerie Carlson, and Kate and Ryan Lerner; loving nieces and nephews, Brad Carlson, Steph Carlson, Teri Kalthoff and David Young, their families; and by many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ward Young,daughter, Ronda Carlson, and sister, Shelby Jean Carlson.
Jean Witherby says
Dear Laura, Scott, Kaitlin and Ryan, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much your Mom meant to you and the kids. I am happy to have met her when she visited last year. Keep happy memories forever in your thoughts. God Bless!
Sharron Erickson says
Laura and Scott and Jamie and Pam and Jim and Jeannie,
Suzie was a best friend. She was a wonder and I affectionately called her Mother Nature. She was the most caring person I know. I especially want you to know that I am carrying all of you in my heart.
Love, Sharron Anderson Erickson
Rose Tobiassen says
I am at a loss for words I know what it is like to lose your mom, your best friend. What will sustain you both in the coming months and years are the wonderful beautiful memories. Though it is hard now and you will miss her she will always be with you. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Sheldon and Jeanne Olson says
All our prayers go out to the family, she will truely be missed..
Kirk Gregor says
I meet Suzie though Jim & Jeanie. She was always friendly and caring. Suzie sent me cookies and banana bread when I was serving in Afghanistan. I enjoyed her companionship on several social gatherings also. God bless Suzie, she will be missed. I’m currently overseas but my prayers go out to her and the family.
Sally (Sparks) Hoehne says
Dear Laura & Jamie;
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Some of my best high school memories involved Ronda and I always enjoyed how Suzie would join in the fun as one of the girls. She was a lovely person and I am fondly picturing the two of them together again. You are in my thoughts
Robin Crouse says
Dear Laura, Scott, Kate, Ryan and the rest of the family – so very sorry to hear about your loss. I was fortunate enough to meet Suzie twice while visitng New York. I felt her warmth immediately and realized how that warmth must have been felt by the family, especially her grandchildren. I got to know Suzie through family stories. Thanks for sharing her with us Laura. All of you were truly blessed. Thoughts and prayers continue. Robin
Jim Dehn says
Suzie was a wonderful neighbor as well as an asset to our community.She will be missed.God bless her life with us.
Jim and Kathy Dehn
Wally & Vicki Nielsen says
We are very sad to hear of Suzie’s passing. We saw Suzie a few times for banking needs at Peoples Bank. She was very friendly and helpful, a pleasure to work with.
Suzie had such a positive attitude, you’d didn’t have to worry about anything – Suzie would take care of it. Our sincere sympathy to her family and friends.
Peter Price says
There is not much more I can say after what we all shared these last few weeks and days. I am home now and the first thing I did was go through all the cards and photos from my MN MOM (AKA Suzie). I know she is still with us because I feel her presence – she got me home “safe and sound”. Thank you for including me in the services. I have always and continue to feel part of the family in Minnesota.
Kristen (Weinreich) Gilmer says
I just found out today of Suzie’s passing. Suz and I worked together at PBC from 2001-2005. I will always remember her laugh and how she made you feel like you were life long friends. I pray that the wonderful memories her family has of her help them during this time of grief.
Linda and Ron Noyce says
Laura, Jamie, Jim and Jeannie and families,
We were shocked to hear of Suzie’s death just yesterday from friends visiting in Florida. Our hearts ache for you. Suzie was so vibrant, fun-loving and sweet. She was an amazing woman everyone loved to hang out with. The last time I hugged her was at Ronda’s funeral. It doesn’t seem possible that Suzie is gone now too, but they are probably having a good time together in heaven. Take care, and we will pray that your many wonderful memories of your mother, sister, aunt and grandmother will help comfort you in your grief.