Sandra Lee Carlson

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April 21, 1938 ~ June 1, 2017

Sandi Carlson, 79, Brandon, died Thursday, June 01, 2017, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Memorial Services will be 11:00am, Monday, June 5, 2017, at Celebration United Methodist Church, with visitation beginning at 10am.

Sandra Lee Matson was born April 21, 1938, to George SR. and Arlie (Blanchar) Matson, in Sherburn, MN. She attended school and graduated from Trimont High School. Sandi then attended Mankato State University for three years before she was united in marriage to John Carlson on February 7, 1959. The couple settled in Spencer, IA, to start their family where Sandi also finished her teaching degree. She started teaching Phy Ed in Spencer until 1978, when the family moved to Brandon. Sandi started as a librarian in the Brandon school system, coached volleyball, and taught reading skills until retiring in 2002.

Sandi will be remembered as an awesome cook by her family. She loved animals and was often seen walking her dog at Big Sioux Rec in Brandon. She was an avid bird watcher and was involved in a bird watching group in Sioux Falls. John and Sandi’s favorite place was their farm on the lake at Trimont. Sandi loved music and enjoyed hunting agates, both of which carried over to her grandchildren. All who knew Sandi knew of her love for sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, and Gophers.

Sandi will be deeply missed by her husband of 58 years, John Carlson; three children, Kim (Alan) Johnson, Willmar, MN, Scott Carlson, Brandon, and Randy (Valerie) Carlson, Brandon; four grandchildren, Abbey, (Matt) Roisum, Seth Johnson, Jake Carlson, and Courtney Carlson; one great-grandchild, Hadley Roisum; one sister, Linda Lillegard, Omaha, NE; and one sister-in-law, Sylvia Matson.

Sandi is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, George Matson, JR.

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  • Bob and Brenda Allen says:

    So sorry, John to hear of your loss……have long ago memories of graduating from TM Highschool together and a lot of years have followed since then, going by too fast. Now have a grand daughter moved near Sioux Falls maybe not far from you.
    Sorry not able to make The me memorial service for Sandy, but glad have your faith and your children to comfort you thru this not easy time.
    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers also….Bob and Brenda here

  • Barbara Roundtree says:

    Sandi was wonderful friend and mentor. We had great times at Spencer YMCA. I many great memories of babysitting the kids too!! You willtruly missed my friend!!

  • Hans Lillegard says:

    My deepest sympathies, and my apologies for missing the funeral. I never did know Sandi as well as I should have, but I remember her being a very loving presence and a mother for many around her. My love and my prayers are with you. Hans

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