Emery CarlstromOur wonderful, humor-filled husband and father, John Emery Carlstrom, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his Two Harbors home on Sunday, Sept.25, 2010, just a few days shy of his 93rd birthday.
Our wonderful, humor-filled husband and father, John Emery Carlstrom, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his Two Harbors home on Sunday, Sept.25, 2010, just a few days shy of his 93rd birthday.
He was the only son born to Arthur and Hilma (Andersen) Carlstrom.
Dad was rarely without a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face or a joke at the ready, and never missed an opportunity to help others if possible.
Showing his entrepreneurial spirit even as a teenager during the depres- sion, Emery offered to help support the family by opening his own traveling popcorn and soda stand.
After graduating from Two Harbors High School, Dad moved to Hermosa Beach, Calif., where he worked as an aircraft mechanic in the manufacturing of the integral P-51 Mustang used by the British in early World War II. Learning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he voluntarily enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corp (Air Force) and for three years was stationed at Bassingbourn Airbase in Royston, England.
Back in Two Harbors, a not-so-chance meeting at the lumber yard resulted in an impressive 63 year marriage to his sweetheart, Helen Ukkonen, and two children, Laura Kay and Lee Emery.
His first career as an estimable journeyman plasterer allowed him to leave his creative stamp in structures throughout the Arrowhead region. In addition to mastering the now lost art of plastering, Dad opened the LauraLee Department Store on First Avenue, successfully operating the business with Mom until his retirement at age 65.
Dad truly loved life and was quite a creative storyteller. Some of the activities he enjoyed were fishing, hunting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends at his Marble Lake cabin.
Among his peers in Two Harbors, he was always known as an honest, hardworking, kind, and reliable man. He used those traits in each of his endeavors within the community, such as his two decades as a board member of the Bayview Terrace living complex as well as heading a revitalization project of the downtown area businesses as a member of the Two Harbors Merchants Association. He was also a contributing member of the Two Harbors Masonic, VFW, American Legion, and Moose Lodge.
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Helen; daughter, Laura Carlstrom of Houston; son, Lee Carlstrom and fiancée Bonnie Lynch of Sandy, Utah; nephew, James Schiller; and niece, Susan Schiller.
Among those who preceded him in death are his parents and one sister, Ruth (Tootsie) Schiller.
Services were held Thursday.