In Memory of Carol A. Lysdahl
Carol Amber Lysdahl, age 92, a resident of Grantsburg, WI, passed away on 10/5/2023 at the Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center.
Carol was born on December 2, 1930 in Grantsburg, WI to parents Hazel (Jensen) Halverson, and Robert Halverson. She was the first baby born at the Grantsburg Hospital.
Carol married the love of her life, Jake Lysdahl on September 5, 1953 in Grantsburg at the English Lutheran Church. Shortly after that they moved to San Antonio, TX as Jake was serving in the Air Force. They lived there about three years and then moved to Minneapolis after Jake was discharged. In 1958 they moved back to Grantsburg. To this union they raised four children: Shari, Debra, Kevin and Joseph.
She worked for the school system for years, and when she retired she was working at the elementary school as assistant to the Principal. She was also a life–long member of Faith Lutheran Church, and participated in the choir, circle, quilting club along with other activities the church would sponsor.
Carol and her family had great friends in the neighborhood on Long Street. The kids played, the adults would socialize, and everyone would get together for picnics.
Various couples in town formed a club called Activities Anonymous—they would all take turns coordinating an activity such as hay rides, sledding, caroling at Christmas, etc. The requirements were: the activity was a surprise—you could only tell the others if it was an outside or indoor event, and if it was formal or casual. They had so much fun---a little break from their kids was a treat!
Carol joined others in a walking group and you would see them walking everyday around town. She also loved to do word seek-and-finds and reading her daily devotions. Carol also is a recording artist. She won a contest at the fair when she was 18 yrs old and had an album. Cedric Adams introduces her on the album, with her singing “The Desert Song.”
In her free time she would clean—oh how she loved to clean—laundry was her favorite. She also loved to mow the yard. She was known for her chocolate chip cookies amongst the grandkids, her Swedish meatballs, caramel rolls, donuts and her baked beans.
Carol and Jake traveled to Norway for two weeks in 1977 to visit Jake’s family. They had a fantastic time and corresponded for years with the relatives there. Her children are still in touch with the descendants of those relatives that live in Norway.
They also wintered in Apache Junction, AZ after they retired, and continued this tradition for many years. They had good friends there and loved to get away from the harsh Wisconsin winters, where they would do a lot of hiking with their group of friends.
Carol was cared for by a wonderful and loving group at the Continuing Care Center. The Nurses and Aides were so patient---they treated her with dignity and respect. She was surrounded by familiar faces with the staff, along with residents who call CCC their home. They sang and prayed with her—she was never alone. Her roommate Linnea Brask was such a blessing to her, and a great friendship was formed.
She is now in her heavenly home where there is no more confusion and no more sadness. She is with Jake, her mom and other family and friends. What a reunion complete with laughter and music.
Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Jake (Jon), parents, Hazel Halverson, Robert Halverson, brothers, Marvin and Harold, sister Arlene Danielson, brother-in-law Bud Danielson, brother-in-law Kenneth Anderson, sister-in-law Barbara (Halverson) Rafn, mother-in-law Alice Lysdahl, father-in-law Johnnie Lysdahl, sister-in-law Joann Giswold, brother-in-law Martin Giswold, daughter-in-law Deb Lysdahl, nephew Scott Halverson and nephew Jon (Jack) Giswold.
She is survived by her four children, Shari (Lon) Springman, Debi (Bob) Swanson, Kevin (Shelly) Lysdahl, Joe Lysdahl; sister Angeline Anderson, grandchildren Amber, Hansi, Kyle, Zack, Nick, Aimee, Lauren, Luke and their families; 15 great-grandchildren, god-daughter Roxi Knops, along with other relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Grantsburg, Wisconsin on October 13, 2023 at 11:00. Visitation will be from 10-11:00 am.
Memorials are preferred to Faith Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home.