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Carlyle Norris Matheson

December 6, 1927 ~ December 23, 2018 (age 91)
Funeral services for Carlyle N. Matheson of Albert Lea, MN will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Pastor Shane Koepke will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Bonnerup Funeral Services. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea Area Veterans Groups. Carlyle died Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Thorne Crest Retirement Center in Albert Lea. He was 91 years of age. Carlyle was born December 6, 1927 in Winnebago County near Rake, IA, the oldest of Selmer and Genevieve (Halvorson) Matheson’s eight children. He graduated from Rake High School in 1945. On September 10, 1950 he was united in marriage to Dona Marie Loge in Frost, MN (oldest daughter of Herman and Florence Loge of Frost, MN). After their marriage, he underwent basic training at Fort Knox, KY and served in the US Army as a radio repairman in the Korean War. Upon returning, they made their home in Albert Lea where he was employed for over 37 years at Church Offset Printing Company as a pressman. Carlyle was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Albert Lea American Legion and the Y’s Men’s Club. Carlyle enjoyed organic vegetable gardening, flower gardening, golf, traveling, hunting and working his trap line. He loved fishing and the many trips to northern Minnesota with his family. He was a quiet man with a gentle spirit and quick wit. Carlyle had a strong work ethic that started at a young age by helping his father work on the family farm using horses and eventually tractors. His wife and family were the most important parts of his life. Dona’s devoted companionship allowed him to live at home for many years, despite the onset of dementia. Carlyle is survived by Dona, his loving wife of 68 years, of Albert Lea, MN, daughter Judith Matheson of Scandia, MN, son Joel (Teresa) Matheson of Albert Lea, MN, daughter Janet (John) Ludwigson of Lake Elmo, MN, grandchildren Matt (Sarah) Gabrielson, Dan Gabrielson, Tom Gabrielson, Carly (Peter) Pentz, Ben Matheson, Leah Matheson, Sam Matheson, Justin (Jennifer) Ludwigson, Tyler (Kelsey) Ludwigson and Emily Ludwigson. His six surviving sisters are Marvis Dolan, Vivian Peterson, Geraldine Holmseth, Charlene Zimmerman, Elaine (Robert) Weiner, Kathleen (John) Bang and brother Stanley (Sonja) Matheson. Surviving in-laws include Hermina Folven, Marvis (Arnold) Karge, Sandra (Gerald) Urban, Linda Loge, Lynette (Juel) Merseth and Marlyn (Kathy) Loge. Carlyle and Dona have 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Carlyle was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law Henry Dolan, Paul Peterson, Merrill Holmseth, Gary Zimmerman, Don Folven and Lorne Loge as well as nephews Gary Folven, Gayle Dolan and Steven Karge.
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