Ottilie “Tilie” Mary Carlson

Ottilie “Tilie” Mary Carlson, age 91 passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, in Merrill, Wisconsin. She was born on September 16, 1930, to the late Anton and Elizabeth (Mueller) Carlson in Merrill, Wisconsin. Ottilie graduated from St. Francis Catholic School and Holy Cross in 1948 in Merrill. She then went on to become a registered nurse graduating with a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Milwaukee. She worked in the burn center and later in kidney dialysis before retiring after 38 years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. She loved to read, enjoyed gardening and was an avid polka music lover. She was a very quiet, private person who was very involved in church and recited the rosary daily.

Ottilie is survived by her brothers: Gustave “Bill” Carlson and Carl “Joe” (Barbara) Carlson, sister-in-law: Christine Carlson, and 15 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy (Gerald) Kretschmer, brother Anton “Tony” R. Carlson and nephew Richard Kretschmer.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 11:00 am at St. Francis Catholic Church in Merrill. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, from 10:00 am to 10:50 am at Waid Funeral Home. Interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church in loving memory of Ottilie Carlson. Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences are encouraged and may be made at

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