JoAnn Carlsen, 1934-2019

Published 1:00 am Saturday, February 2, 2019

Funeral services for JoAnn V. Carlsen, 84, of Albert Lea will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. The Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Interment will be at Central Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

JoAnn Carlsen

JoAnn died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

JoAnn Veloy Carlsen was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Lake Mills, the daughter of William and Cora (Ellingson) Martinson. She attended school in Scarville, Iowa.

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JoAnn worked as a waitress for a few years before she met her future husband, Darrell Carlsen. They were united in marriage Feb. 12, 1950, in Lake Mills. The couple farmed in Freeborn County up until 1976. JoAnn enjoyed baking, cooking, and playing bingo and cards. She loved spending time with her family and friends. JoAnn was a member of Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. She was also a member of Albert Lea Senior Citizens Center, Trades & Labor Senior Housing Board, Eagles Club and American Legion Auxiliary.

JoAnn is survived by her children Jim Carlsen of Albert Lea, Randall (Sandra) Carlsen of Elysian and Cathy (Phillip) Hensche of Clarks Grove; special friend, Frank Wakefield; grandchildren Marcy Thompson (Keith Maletta), Teresa Rohl (Randy Kintzle), Lacy Carlsen, Erin Carlsen, Krystal Carlsen (Kevin Anderson), Jamie (Brandy) Hensche, Jeremy (Erin) Hensche, Jason (Kelli) Hensche, Lorrie (Lee) Haines, Cassie (Nate) Jenson and Tracey (Casey) Robinson; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters Sheryl Pavelka and Lou (Don) Hayes; brother, William Martinson Jr.; sister-in-law, Evelynn Carlson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Darrell; sister, Karen Lein; brothers Milford Martinson and Gary Martinson, in infancy; granddaughter, Amy Jo Hensche; daughter-in-law, Lezlie Carlsen; brothers-in-law Joe Pavelka and Jack Lein; and sisters-in-law Tootie Martinson and Cindy Martinson.