Miriam Carlson, 87

Miriam Carlson, a resident of Pillager, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the Harmony House in Motley.

Services will be Monday, Nov. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Motley. Visitation is Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Miriam was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Kingsville, Ohio, to Frank and Gertrude (Gray) Cameron. She graduated from Motley High School in 1942. Miriam married Franklin Topp, June 1, 1945, and was a homemaker and caregiver. After Franklin’s death, she married Les Carlson on Feb. 15, 1980. She enjoyed the farming and traveling with Les until his death in 1999. Miriam was a member of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, Adult Sunday School and the United Methodist Building Committee. She served on the May Township board for 18 years and wrote fire permits for the DNR. She was also in the Rainbow Riders Saddle Club, the Pillager Senior Citizens’ Center Board and the REA Coop. She was a good cook and had a passion for canning her homegrown produce in addition to cherishing time with her grandchildren.

Miriam is survived by her son Frank (Lori) Topp of Oshkosh, Wis.; daughters Sharon (Steve) Sandberg and Miriam (Mike) Rosvold both of Cushing, and Becky (Ted) Sullivan of Pillager; sister, Ruth Fuchs of Hermantown; sister-in law Lucille Cameron of Pillager; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Franklin C. Topp; her second, husband C. Leslie Carlson; her brother Robert Cameron; her sister Joyce Cameron and her parents.

Brenny Funeral Chapel