Anna Carlberg

Died: Sun., Oct. 25, 2020


Family to do services at later date


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The Celebration of Life of
Anna Carlberg
November 16, 1927- October 25, 2020

Anna “Ann” (Fardal) Carlberg, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 25th, 2020 at Pathstone Nursing Home, Mankato, MN. Ann Carlberg was born in Stanhope, Iowa on November 16, 1927 to Art and Helen (Mathre) Fardal. She enjoyed her early years traveling with family, gardening, baking on Saturday mornings, (her favorite pastry Kringla) sewing, picnics and spending time with family.  Ann graduated from Stanhope High School in 1945, and was the Valedictorian of her class. She played clarinet, was in Glee Club and a cheerleader. She loved sports and played forward on Stanhope HS Girls Basketball team that won at state. Her father Art instilled early in his children the importance of a college education, even more important for women.

Ann attended St Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 1945. While in college she recorded songs in a studio on 45 RPM records using cutting edge technology. She taught music in Randall, Kamrar and Stanhope Iowa for many years starting in 1949. She also taught band in both elementary and high school. While dining at one of her favorite restaurants in Randall, she and husband to be A. Edwin Carlberg caught each other’s eye.

She married Ed Carlberg on August 29, 1952 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Stanhope, IA. Together they raised 3 sons, Norman, Gary, Ron, and two daughters Judy and Lori.

Ed and Ann moved to Sioux City in 1958. The young family of 7 moved to Antigo, Wisconsin in 1961. Ann was very active at Peace Lutheran Church, sang solos for weddings and funerals and played the organ at church. She was a substitute teacher and taught 1st grade at Peace Lutheran School. These early years were a very busy time. Ann multi-tasked raising 5 children, teaching and grading papers at night.  

They moved to Mankato in 1973 where Ann worked at the Mankato West HS Resource Center. After earning a Master's Degree in Library and Media Science, from 1979 to 1993 she worked at Mankato State University as a Librarian until her retirement. Active in her church, she enjoyed going to Lutefisk dinners, attending plays and going to concerts. Ann was Secretary for Sons of Norway, a group she was passionate about. She enjoyed being Chairperson for Mankato State University Children’s World where she received an award for volunteering and was the Grand Marshall in 2014. Ed and Ann enjoyed family activities, going on camping trips, time with cousins, day trips to the lake, sledding, visits to grandparents, and always making time for the pool and annual vacations. Wonderful trip memories included Yellowstone and Seattle to spend time with relatives.

Ann and her siblings Harold and Harriet (Fardal) Kluzek were very proud of their Norwegian heritage. Her great grandparents immigrated from Matre, Norway.  Together with her brother Hal, cousin Jan Bundy, Larry Mathre and Aunt Gloria Hoverstein, they put countless hours into the “Mathre Memories” book. The book includes history, family tree, life on the farm, family fun and games, life during the depression and values passed down the grandchildren.  

After visiting several church friends from Grace Lutheran Church at Pathstone Nursing Home in Mankato, Ann moved to Ecumen Pathstone Nursing Home in 2013. She enjoyed singing, attending chapel, playing bingo, doing puzzles and many other activities with friends. Each year she celebrated Christmas with her family and walked through Kiwanis Lights.

Ann and Ed centered their years together and raising family around faith in the Lord. The focus of their life was raising their 5 children. They taught their children values, ethics, to be kind, to work hard, love nature, travel and most important to love God.

In her final years at Pathstone she suffered with Parkinson’s and dementia. We thank Pathstone for her wonderful, outstanding care. They said she always remained very kind and sweet. She would say life here on earth is short like a seed compared to the flower it will be in heaven. She told us she was ready to go to heaven.

Anna is survived by her three sons, two daughters, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Her family was where she spent the greatest amount of her time (especially grandchildren). They brought her great pride and joy. She especially loved reading to them. Norman Carlberg lives in Mankato, Gary Carlberg and his wife Rene of White Bear Lake have three daughters: Rebecca (Carlberg) and Douglass Jackson have two children, Morgan and Drew. Colleen (Carlberg) and Tim Meyer have two children Oliver and Anna. Lisa (Carlberg) and Maxwell Webber have two daughters Lena and Victoria. Ronald Carlberg lives in Mankato and has two children Brittney and Brady. Judith “Judy” (Carlberg, Barlow) and Paul Grannes live in Corcoran and have three sons: Jeffrey and Maggie Barlow have a daughter Chloe, (youngest great granddaughter), Justin and Annie Barlow, and Joshua Barlow. Lori (Carlberg) and Kevin Kramer live in Plymouth and have two sons Frederick “Fritz” and Hans.  Ann is also survived by cousins, five nephews and one niece.

Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years Ed (January 30, 2001), parents, siblings  Harriet (Fardal) Kluzek and Harold Fardal.

“Blessed be the memories of mange tusen (wonderful times) with Ed and the family we raised together”, Anna Carlberg. Blessed be the memory of Anna Carlberg.

A private service for immediate family is scheduled for October 30th at Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN. A celebration of life is planned at a later date.

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Clarence Perkins
   Posted Tue October 27, 2020
As a child in Antigo, WI, I knew Norm, his mother Anna and father Ed, and his brothers and sisters. Of course our families were acquainted. I fondly recall playing at their house and being invited for an occasional meal. Mr. and Mrs. Carlberg were always very nice. My wife and I wish to send our sincere condolences to the entire family.
Clarence and Nancy Perkins, Lawrenceburg, KY

Ron and Barbara Saba Bormaster
   Posted Tue October 27, 2020
Dear Gary, Rene’, and family,
I was sad to learn the passing of Ann. She was always so sweet and had a kind disposition about her. You are blessed to have such a great Mom and that you had her for so many years. She will live on in the memories you hold dear and in your beautiful family. May you find peace as you mourn the loss of your mother. Sending you our deepest sympathy and prayers.
With your love,
Ron and Barbara Bormaster

Laura Peterson
   Posted Tue November 03, 2020
I worked with Anna at the Mankato Area International Festival Children's World for a number of years. She helped bring so much joy and understanding to young children with creativity and enthusiasm. My thoughts are with the family as they honor a well lived life with a loving legacy.

Cherish Hagen-Swanson
   Posted Tue November 03, 2020
I have many wonderful memories of working with Ann at the Mankato Area International Festival at both as a student, and later as a staff member. She was truly a sweetheart whose devotion made Children and Teen's World happen. She also did it while looking amazing in her Norwegian sweaters and bunads! Her efforts were greatly appreciated and she touched many lives through them. My condolences.


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