In Memory of





Louella Belle Carlson, 95, longtime Negaunee Township resident, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, January 24, 2023 at her daughter’s home in Negaunee, while in the loving care of her family and UP Home Health and Hospice.

Louella was born October 24, 1927 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin to Otto and Florence (Fuller) Kamrath. Her parents died when she was five years old, so she was raised by her adopted parents, Walter and Nora Gabel, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where she graduated from LaCrosse High School.

Louella married the late Raymond Carlson and they moved to Negaunee in 1955 where together they raised their family. Louella was a devoted mother, grandmother, friend and homemaker. Loving and taking care of her family was the most important thing to her, instilling a faith in God in all of them. She thought of others before herself every day of her life, and was always there when you needed her. Her life has been a testament of love, faith and devotion to all who knew her.

She enjoyed cleaning, organizing, doing laundry, gardening, coupon shopping, and playing Upwords with her good friends, Beatrice and Martha.

Mrs. Carlson was a devout member of Mission Covenant Church, Ishpeming where she belonged to the Covenant Women and was active with the Samaritan’s Purse.

Surviving are her children: Douglas (Lynn) and David (Lynne) Carlson, both of Negaunee Township, Susie (Dennis) James of Negaunee Township, Lori (Clifford) Carlson of Negaunee and Julie Peterson of St. Augustine, FL; 12 grandchildren: Aaron (Mindi) and Amy Carlson, David Carlson, Kenny (Nicole) Carlson and Mary Ghiardi, Jesse (Diana) Barabe, Luke Barabe and Teresa Jo (Drew) Coker, Amanda (Devin) Poland and Sarah (Matt) Hill, and Taylor and Lauren Peterson; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and adopted parents; her husband, Raymond in 1987; and four brothers: Charles, Kenneth, Rollin and Richard Kamrath.

Honoring Louella’s wishes, no public services will be held. Interment will take place with her husband in the Ishpeming Cemetery.

A heartfelt thank you to Lori, Clifford and family who cared for Louella for many years. Special thank you also to Dr. Spring Madosh, Nurse Kathy and Cheryl who gave exemplary compassionate care to her over the last year.

Louella had a goal to meet her great grandbabies who are now one year old. She met that goal and exceeded it with the help of a family who loved her so very much. Though she may be gone she will never be forgotten.

Mrs. Carlson’s memorial page may be viewed at