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    St. Cloud - Blanche Marie Engelstad Carlson, 91, formerly of Thief River Falls, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at St. Benedicts Senior Community.  
    Funeral services were held Monday, May 21, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud, with her son, the Rev. Dr. Richard Carlson officiating. Interment was held at North Star Cemetery in St. Cloud.
    Blanche Marie Engelstad Carlson was born on the family dairy farm outside Thief River Falls on Nov. 9, 1920 to the late Paul and Olive (Larness) Engelstad. The granddaughter of Peder and Mathilda Engelstad, she was the third of six children and the only girl.  Her childhood centered on family and faith; she helped raise three younger brothers while doing much of the cleaning and cooking in her home.  Until eighth grade, Blanche attended a country school with her brothers and cousins. Her friends were her cousins who also lived on the family farm. Her family moved to Crookston in 1935, moving back to Thief River in 1937.  After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1938, Blanche attended Moorhead State Teachers College for one semester.  She returned home and married Glenn Garfield Carlson on June 7, 1939 in Thief River Falls.  
    Glenn and Blanche’s first son, Wayne was born in 1940, followed by Rollie in 1944.  When Glenn joined the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II, Blanche, Wayne and Rollie moved to San Francisco, Calif., where Glenn was stationed.  After the war ended, the family returned to Thief River Falls where the couple’s only daughter, Peggy, was born in 1950.  In 1953, their youngest son, Rick, was born.  Shortly after Rick’s birth, the family moved to St. Cloud.
    While Blanche was raising her four children, her activities were those related to family (PTA, Cub Scouts) and church.  She loved to sew and garden; she had the gift of patience and was an extraordinary listener.  Blanche’s bible was always within reach and she spent a portion of each day in prayer.  She had a strong faith and prayer was an important component of her life. She tucked her children in every night with prayer and taught them that everyone was a beloved child of God.  Blanche will always be remembered as a wonderful, loving and giving person.
    Blanche was involved in several organizations including, Central Minnesota Dairy Days as a Dairy Princess Judge and Chaperone; Wilson Elementary School PTA; Madison Elementary School PTA President and Secretary; Boy Scouts of America Den Mother; Campfire Girls Leader; St. Cloud Reading Room President and Secretary; PEO Secretary and Historian; First United Methodist Church of St. Cloud Sunday School Superintendent, Stewardship Committee and the UMW President and Secretary.
    Blanche is survived by her children, Wayne (Ginny) of Green Valley, Ariz., Rollie (Donna) of Maple Grove, Peggy Carlson (Chuck Nielsen) of Lake Shore, and Rick (Michelle) of Gettysburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Scott (Brenda) Carlson, Tami Nosek, Jodi Berg, Brad (Kris) Carlson, Brett (Robin) Carlson;
Brent (Jackie) Carlson, Chad Carlson (Nicole Domke), Todd (Jinae) Carlson, Bobbi Saxton, Michael (Jen) Trewick, Stacy (Kevin) Wolf, Paul (Allison) Carlson, Liv Carlson (Walker Woods) and Brit Carlson (Aaron Clark); great-grandchildren, Anita (Chris) Morrill, Julia Boldrin, Cpt. David (Samantha) Martin, Casey Carlson, Jerusha, Anna, Jonathan, Michael Nosek, Madeline, Spencer and Gabrielle Berg, Zachary, Emma and Isabel Carlson, Lilly and Cora Carlson, MacKenzie and Ashlee Carlson, Christian Domke, Ava and Tucker Carlson, Jack Saxton, Sydney and Nathan Trewick, Wyatt Wolf; great-great-grandchildren, Merrick and Godric Morrill, and Abigail and Amelia Martin; brothers, Arnold Engelstad of Thief River Falls, Peter Engelstad of Otis, Ore.; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as beloved sisters-in-law Beverly and Vivian Carlson, Carol Jones, Betty and Delaine Engelstad, and brother-in-law Jack Carlson.
    Blanche was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, on March 15, 1999; and brothers, Earl, Morris, and James Engelstad.
    Memorials are preferred to St. Benedict’s Senior Community, St. Cloud Hospital Home Care and Hospice or the Pennington County Historical Society - Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village in Thief River Falls.            A00003B2012MY23