Carman A. Bohlsen
October 10, 1933 – November 24, 2018
Preceded in death by husband, Donald C. Bohlsen; special friend, Henry Nissen. Survived by daughter, Cindi Arlauskas; son, Mark Bohlsen (Denise); four grandchildren: Alyssa, Ryan, Tyler, and Brett; great-grandsons, Landon and Eli; sister, Sally Fisher; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 28th from 6pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, Nov. 29th at 11am, West Center Chapel. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.
Carman Bohlsen died peacefully in the care of Brookstone Village and St. Croix Hospice on Saturday, November 24, 2018. A survivor of lung cancer 17 years ago, she was given a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s in 2016, and bladder cancer in November of 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Cindi Arlauskas; son, Mark Bohlsen (Denise); four grandchildren: Alyssa, Arlauskas, Ryan Arlauskas, Tyler Arlauskas, and Brett Bohlsen; two great-grandsons, Landon Arlauskas and Eli Mijares; one sister, Sally Fisher; along with many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don on August 7, 1987; special friend, Henry Nissen on September 24, 2018, and four brothers: Duane, Rev. Stanley, Peter, Jr., and Delray.
She was born on October 10, 1933 in Fordyce, Nebraska to Peter and Agatha Schieffer. She attended country school in Dixon County and graduated in 1951 from Holy Trinity High School in Hartington, Nebraska. She also completed a year at College of St. Mary. Her first job was with Henry Fisher Insurance in Sioux City, Iowa. She did general book keeping, typing and office duties for five years. She then moved to Omaha and worked at the University of Nebraska Medical School doing office work for the building and grounds department. It was here she met her husband of 27 years, Don. She became a stay at home mother (or domestic engineer as she liked to call herself) with the birth of her daughter in 1965, and son in 1967. While raising her children she was involved in various activities such as PTA, Girl and Boy Scouts, church and school organizations. She also worked part-time at the Nebraska Humane Society during license season, which eventually became a full-time job for 20 years until her retirement in 2003.
After her retirement, she enjoyed traveling through Europe and Ireland, a fall colors bus trip, volunteering in the Methodist Hospital gift shop, spending time with her grandchildren, lunching with friends, and going to dances. It was at a dance she attended that she met her special friend, Henry Nissen. They enjoyed time together at Missouri Valley sporting events, the Harrison County fair, making Henry’s wonderful apple crisp, and Wednesday morning coffee with their friends at St. Paul Lutheran Church. As time went on and Henry’s health declined, they enjoyed walking at the Westroads Mall and participating in activities at Camelot Senior Center in Omaha. When Henry moved to Prairie Meadows Alzheimer’s Memory Care in September 2017, Carman continued to visit as often as she could until her own health issues resulted in her moving with him in May. Shortly after Henry’s passing in September, Carman celebrated her 85th birthday with family and friends, “enjoying the moments.” After suffering a stroke on October 15th, she resided at Brookstone Village until her death on November 24th. She is truly loved by many.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Brookstone Village and St. Croix Hospice for their compassionate care during Carman’s last five weeks.