Therese H. Carlson

Feb. 11, 1930 – May 2, 2012

Therese “Terry” Helen Carlson of Genesee Depot was taken to eternal life peacefully at AngelsGrace Hospice on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, with her husband and children at her side at age 82.

Therese was born in Waukesha on Feb. 11, 1930, to the late Frank and Clarinda (nee Weyer) Savatski. Therese was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Genesee Depot and also participated in the Christian Mothers group at the church. She was a 1947 graduate of Waukesha High School. After graduating, she was employed at Allis-Chalmers. Then she met the love of her life, Gordon, and they married Oct. 24, 1953. Together they raised seven wonderful children. Therese was a stay-at-home mom and was involved with all of her children’s school sports and activities. She was their biggest fan. It wasn’t until after they were all in high school that she began working at the Genesee Depot Post Office as a part-time clerk. She retired from the postal service in 1995.

After her retirement, Therese and Gordon enjoyed traveling to their home in the warm Arizona sunshine for the winter months. They would return to Wisconsin for the summer months to enjoy watching their grandchildren swim at their pool. Therese also enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading and rummaging. She was an avid Brewers and Packers fan and very rarely did she ever miss watching a game.

Therese is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Gordon E. Carlson; her beloved children, Ken (Deb) Carlson of Genesee Depot, Doreen (Bill) Ellsworth of North Prairie, Deb Gehrke of Dousman, Robert (Pat) Carlson of South Dakota, Richard (Lynn) Carlson of East Troy, Catherine (Pete) Sherman of Tripoli and Sharon (Mark) Schultz of Genesee Depot; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her sisters, Mary (Bill) Mack of Minnesota, Evelyn (Richard) Armstrong of Dousman, Doris Leonard (Robert Ramlow) of Pewaukee and Geraldine (Al) Banazak of Jefferson; and her brother, Donald (Carolyn) Savatski of Saukville. She will also be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

Therese was preceded in death by her mother and father, Clarinda and Frank Savatski, and sister, Patricia Gasser.

A special thanks also to her caregivers Emma and Amy and the staff at AngelsGrace Hospice.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the noon funeral Mass on Saturday, May 5, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, S38-W31602 Highway D, Genesee Depot (Corner of highways 83 and D). Graveside services will immediately follow the Mass at St. Paul’s Cemetery.
If desired, memorials are appreciated to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to to leave the family an online tribute message.