Carl Joseph Carlsson (CJ), 62, born June 4, 1958 was a longtime resident of Crete, Illinois. Carl passed away peacefully at his home on April 6, 2021. He graduated from Crete Monee High School in 1976 and earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Calumet College. Carl spent many years working at Calumet Flexicore Corporation in Hammond, Indiana as an accountant and purchasing agent. He was a man of many diverse interests with a wealth of knowledge in several areas. As an avid fan of nature, Carl loved the outdoors and spending time on the family farm. In his younger days, he looked forward to celebrating the 4th of July by staging professional firework shows for local communities. He was a self-taught locksmith and was always aware of current events. Showing simple gestures of kindness to his family and friends brought Carl great joy. With a mischievous and boyish sense of humor, Carl always tried to bring laughter to those whom he spent time.
Carl was the beloved son of Carl L. and the late RoseMarie (nee Schnepf) Carlsson. He was the loving brother to Elizabeth Carlsson, Christina (Dan) LeCocq, Cynthia (Allen) Lucas, and his late brother, Kurt Carlsson. He was the cherished uncle to Carly, Matthew, Margaret, Jack, Brian and Hannah.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 3:00PM until 8:00PM at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Funeral Mass Wednesday at 10:00AM at St. Liborius Church, 35th and Halsted Blvd., Steger, Illinois. Interment: Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL. Info: (708) 754-0016. Memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105.
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May you rest in peace Carl..I will never forget all the good times we shared at Starbucks in Chicago on North Ave. & Wells St. to enjoy a Samatra from the Clover Machine and all the friends me & you had met there, One of them use to call you the ” General”, he worked on floors. and another guy named Robert Presti who’s family left him in charge of a building in Chicago was also a good friend of ours. & Can’t forget the Nurse who was tall which use to visit Starbucks with his Mother always talked with us there.and the many other friend who played checkers.We always would go to WholeFoods off of North Ave. to get a few food choices from the Salad Bar And bought alot of Soap bars there and lotions and a delicious bag of cinnamon popcorn. We stopped at Home Depot, we both had a friend who was a sweet women working as a cashier there. & The Blick’s Art Supply where we use to buy alot of diffrent markers, pens & containers. We enjoyed stopping at the Trader Joe’s to try out there coffee choices, and would go get a few bags and go to the grinding machine. And pick up some Chocalate Mints in the tin cans..We always stopped at the Jewels to pick up a case or 2 of our favorit mints. I would go a pick up the Red Eye Magazine for you because you enjoyed reading and Saving Articles to share with others.We would always go to the Magazine store to buy a few magazines & books. And I enjoyed the Hat Store alot..It was so much fun being your friend Carl, You Made me laugh alot and I remember always being your Body Guard all over Chicago. Especially when a stranger’s would try to approach you, I would say Carl..” You have nothing to fear, I’m with you.I remember sitting at the Clark Street Dog and enjoying to Polish Sausages, I would play a Game called Galaga there while you talked with the two workers there, then we would always stop at the Fed Ex to cut, print, lamenate articles.I always helped you with those things because I cared about you as a true friend..I’ll never ever forgot the thousands of times you had me ordering things for you on my Tablet or Computer because those items were hard to come buy at the stores.You Cared alot about people Carl and always put smiles on there face with your humor..My heart does hurt because I have alot of history with you by spending so much time with you everyday of the week. I remember sitting in the PayLoader while you would clear the snow at Flexicore and the Cutting of all the trees and branches at the Farm which you loved so much, going there during the night and looking in the sky at the stars..I remember Mariano’s Store we went to and picked up some Mango, and a Chicken Pot Pie for your Dad. There is not a store we didn’t miss, It was so funny because when you wanted an item, You would go for miles to find it. And it reminded me of what my Dad told me when I was a kid.” Seek and You shall Find” I remember the Cows you walked up to and the Huge Pigs you pet on there heads and said to me.” These are my kind of Puppies” I laughed so hard, I started seeing stars..All the Memories I will always Cherish and I owe it to your precious family who raised you and taught you great values..Thanks For being such an awesome friend Carl. My Sincere Condolences to all your Precious Family Always.Sincerly