Carlson, Debra Jane (nee Lundin)
May 28, 1969 – June 30, 2018
Age 49 of Roseville, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 30, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born and raised in Mankato, MN, Deb was a graduate of Bethel Preschool in Mankato (1972), Mankato East High (1987) and Bethel University (1991). In 1991, she met the love of her life, Bob Carlson, and they married in 1994. They welcomed daughter Audrey in 1999 and son Chet in 2002. Deb discovered her voice and ear for music at an early age, teaching herself to sing harmony as a toddler. She continued to develop her gift and learned to play many musical instruments. She spent her life sharing her beautiful voice and talents through performance and teaching roles at schools, at churches, and through Kindermusik. She truly loved performing, whether as a soloist or as a member of an ensemble including The Bethel Connection and the Anoka Opera Company. Deb also enjoyed celebrating the joy of experiencing music with friends during frequent spur of the moment jam sessions. With a passion for and a love of life, she touched those around her with her grace, warmth and beautiful spirit. She is survived by her loving husband, Bob, and their children Audrey and Chet, her parents Gordon and Nancy (Petersen) Lundin of Mankato, her younger brother Randy (Gordy) Lundin of St. Paul, uncle Gary Lundin of Mankato, Aunts Patricia (David) Kelly of Oakdale, MN, Marilyn Anderson (Ken Riveness) of Chehalis, WA, Diane Baldwin of Centralia, WA, Brother and Sisters in law Alan (Jacque Pokorney) Carlson of St. Paul, Tom (Linda) Carlson of Eau Claire, WI, cousins and countless friends who she considered “family”. Her journey to heaven is preceded by grand mothers Grace (Johnson) Petersen (2010), Pearl (Miller) Lundin, Fisher, Hendershott in (2011), grandfathers Donald Petersen (1993), Gordon Lundin (1944), step grandfathers Clifford Fisher (1972), and Kenneth Hendershott (2003), Aunt Pamela (Weerts) Lundin (2017), uncles Clifford Fisher Jr. (1994), Kenneth Fisher (1989), and Cousin Micah Allan Anderson (2015). A celebration of Deb’s life will be held outdoors on Saturday, July 14th from 2-4pm at Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church, 2149 Edgcumbe Road, St. Paul, MN 55116. Parking is available at Highland High School and attendees are asked to bring their own chairs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on Deb’s Gofundme site: www.gofundme.com/ supportfordebcarlson. (Published in the Pioneer Press on July 8, 2018).