MERIDEN - Carl Arvid Carlberg, husband of the late Fern L. Lawrence Carlberg, passed away peacefully on Friday, March, 7, 2008. Carl was a lifetime resident of Meriden, born October 6, 1916, son of Carl B. and Augusta (Anderson) Carlberg. Carl was predeceased by his wife and brother, Bertil Carlberg. He was a graduate of Meriden High School, Class of 1935, was known as Swede by his friends and employed by New Departure in Meriden and Bristol for 35 years, retiring in 1972. During his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his wife, his garden, golfing, fishing and watching his favorite sports teams, Red Sox and New York Giants. Carl was of a strong Lutheran faith and a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Because of his proud Swedish heritage, he was a member of the VASA Order of American Norden Number 1 of Hartford for 66 years, the Swedish Svea Social Club of Kensington for 55 years and the Meriden Senior Center. He was also a member of UAW 987 and a lifetime member of F.O.E. Eagles. Carl is survived by a son, Fred Wayne and his wife, Lorna, four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, most living in California; many nephews, nieces and cousins, both in the United States and Sweden; and a special friend and caregiver, Donna J. Watson of Middletown and his many, many friends old and new. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 10, at 11:30 am at the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. The Rev. Perry L. Beaver will officiate. Burial will be private. Relatives and friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, l64 Hanover St., Meriden, CT 06451, or to the American Lung Association of CT, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

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  1. Carl, I have such wonderful memories from my childhood of you and Fern. You were such good friends and neighboors to my grandparents and to us everytime we came to visit. Everytime we drove into my grandparents driveway you’d be working in your yard so diligently yet you would make sure you would turn to us and give us a wave and a smile. Not too soon later you would make it over to say hello. Donna, You were not just a caregiver to Pops, you were also a true friend. From bringing him to picnics and functions, to making sure he made it to his doctor appoitments, and that he was eating well, and most of all you just took the time to sit and visit with him. By the twinkle in his eye everyone could see you brought pure joy to his heart and life. I know Fern was looking down knowing he was well taken care of. But as true love goes, you can only be apart for so long, and Carl who loved Fern so dearly needed to be with his his. He knew you would be fine because one day those two angels above knew that the one angel they knew on earth would one day be together with them again. All my love, Kathy

  2. Dear Donna: I am so sorry to hear about Pops. He was a wonderful man and I know how much he meant to you. I will always remember the smile in your eyes whenever you talked about him. He may have left this world, but he will always be in your heart. Love, Dava

  3. Dear Fred , My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your Dad was a wonderful man. It was a pleasure to have gotten to know him. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Dearest Donna, My heart is aching just knowing how sad you are with Pops gone. He was such a huge part of our big extended family and will be sorely missed by all. The Holiday dinners will not be the same without him, but we will always have a plate at the head of the table each time we gather just for him! Pops was a treasure that you shared with us and for that we will be eternally grateful. YOU are such a special special lady, we should all learn from you, with your unselfish warm and caring affection. Over all these years you were always there for Pops, he loved you so much, he would often tell me you were the daughter he never had. Your special bond with each other was a delight to see. He is exactly where he wants to be and for that we must smile and be happy for him. We will cherish, together, all the fond memories of life with .Pops.. All our love, LeAnn,Dave,& Jonathan

  5. Donna, Tom and my thoughts automatically went to you. Your concern and love for Carl by-passed anything else that came along. We know you will miss him dearly. But as you said, he is on that hillside with Fern listening to the birds sing smiling and thinking of you. With our Love and thoughts, Tom & Carol

  6. I miss you, Pops, and I will never forget you. My only regret is that I didn’t meet you until 2001 when Donna introduced us. There is already a huge void in my life just knowing there will be no more long telephone chats, emails and card games. I am thankful that you shared your warmth and goodness with me during these past years, and I take comfort in knowing you are at peace in heaven now. And, I am especially grateful that our friend, Donna, was always there for you. Like you, she is a very special person. Thank you for being my friend, Pops. I love you and you will always be in my heart. Nancy XXXOOO

  7. Our family would like to convey our sincere sympathy to you at this time of loss. Please be assured of our love and concern for you and your family. With Friendship & Love,

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and loved Carl. He was a great neighbor and friend. We will miss him very much.

  9. Pops…where do I start? I’m thrilled beyond words for you that you’ve gone to a place you wanted to be, with some of the people you hold dear and have helped to prepare a place to welcome you. For those you leave behind we’ll be o.k. remembering how special you were as an extended part of our family. Your holiday visits will be so missed as you shared those special times with us. Your place at the table will be empty, but the memories will be deep in our hearts. Love you, Karen

  10. Popsie, my life will never be the same with you gone. I know this is what you wanted and where you want to be. I picture you and Fern .Effie. sitting on a hillside on a bright sunny day having a picnic watching the birds and the clouds pass by. And with this thought I find comfort. I will miss you, our visits, our talks and even our disagreements. Because without them we would not have been able to grow closer. Thank you for being you and for being my friend. I love you, D.D. and gang!!!!! XOXOXO

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