Carolyn A. Tollefson
Funeral services for Carolyn A. Tollefson, 68, of Norfolk will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 20, 2014 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, with Reverend Mark Reichert officiating. Burial will be in New Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Home for Funerals, Norfolk, Nebraska.
Mrs. Tollefson died Monday, February 17, 2014 at her home.
Carolyn Arlene Tollefson was born October 26, 1945 in Norfolk the daughter of John W. and Edna (Winter) Kayl. She attended St. Paul's parochial school, graduated from Norfolk High School, received her Associate's Degree from Norfolk Junior College and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, majoring in Business Administration and Statistics. She then was hired as head of the Cosmetology Department of the Bureau of Examining Boards, Department of Health of the State of Nebraska in Lincoln
Carolyn married John Tollefson on August 23, 1969 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. John was attending UNL while serving in the U.S. Navy. After marriage they lived in Lincoln until John was transferred to Hawaii. While in Hawaii she worked in an investment firm and was the very first ombudsman of the USS Henry Clay Gold Crew. Carolyn and John's first son "Eric" was born in Hawaii. They then moved to California, and then east to Massachusetts where she first worked for a startup manufacturer, and then for Stanhome Company. Carolyn and John's second son "Jason" was born in Massachusetts. Upon John's retirement from the Navy in 1986, they moved back to Norfolk where she worked for the Norfolk Rendering Plant until retiring.
Carolyn enjoyed time with her family and their granddaughter, working in the flower garden, traveling, helping out at her church's parochial school, and working with the community. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and a shuffleboard league.
Carolyn is survived by her husband John Tollefson and her son Jason Tollefson of Norfolk, their "Adoptive" daughter-in-law Kristine Elliott and her granddaughter (Eric and Kristine's daughter) Brooke Herchenbach, and one sister Joanne Thietje of Fremont.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Eric.
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul's Lutheran School or Nebraska Rural Letter Carrier Auxiliary College Scholarship.