Virginia "Ginny" Helen Carlson said "goodbye" good life. Passing away on her own terms August 1
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2019 at Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, Wisconsin
She said “hello” to her good life on July 12, 1941, in Mineola, New York, welcomed by her loving parents,
Gertrude Viola (Cornwell) and Theodore Thomas Arnott. Ginny‘s mom and aunts instilled a love of
fabrics, and sewing, which sustained her throughout her life.
After graduating high school, Ginny earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Philadelphia College of
Textiles. Her class schedule meant she often reached the campus dining hall long after the other
students. Frequently, the only entree choice available was veal cutlet. After graduating college, she
never ate veal again.
Ginny’s father engraved printing press plates for Life magazine. He brought home a draft ad for the Ford
Mustang. She bought one of those Mustangs, and always had a fondness for a sporty car (though her
practical nature meant she bought sensible cars, and drove ‘em like a speedster.)
Degree in hand, she landed a job at Borg Fabrics, located far from Long Island in Delavan, Wisconsin.
Her dad had a 20-mile commute, which Long Islanders consider a good commute, so sight unseen she
rented an apartment in Beloit, 20 miles away from Delavan.
She enjoyed working at Borg Fabrics, living with her Siamese cat Piwacket, and socializing. One
evening, the bartender spilled her drink on Chuck Carlson’s money; they married on May 26, 1967 in
With Chuck, while raising their kids, Ginny continued her career at George’s Custom Draperies, before
transitioning to work at the Delavan Aram Public library. After retiring from the library, she worked at
Kohl’s. She volunteered for Tele-care, 4-H Sewing, Friends of the Aram Public Library, and the United
Methodist Church. She fed her creative nature through sewing, and by selling custom-knitted children’s
sweaters, and handcrafts.
Ginny loved and adored her granddaughters, who remember her blunt sass, competitive attitude, long
conversations, and loving thoughts. She cherished her friends - the camaraderie, the raucous laughter,
and the “let’s have coffee” meetups that often stretched into lunch and dinner.
Ginny’s husband, Charles “Chuck” Eugene, predeceased her in February, 2018. She is survived by her
daughter Kristin Ann (Robin Lee-Thorp); son Charles “Chuck” Theodore; granddaughters Madiline
(Cody) Boyd, Katlyn Carlson, Allyson Carlson, Evangeline Mulderink; their mother, Mary Mulderink; the
extended Carlson and Hart families; her many friends, and neighbors, for whom her family is very
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Delavan United Methodist Church
with the Rev. Maribel Celiz officiating. Friends may call at the church on Saturday, August 10th, from 9
to 11 AM. Betzer Funeral Home
Memorials to the Aram Public Library Foundation are suggested.