The Rev. Walter Carlson, Class of 1967, died on November 6, 2016 at his home in Somerset, New Jersey, at the age of 82. A funeral service was held on November 12 at St. Luke's Church in Montclair. Carlson was born on February 3, 1934 in Glen Ridge and lived in Washington, New Jersey, New York City, Fair Lawn, Wayne, and Verona before moving to Somerset four years ago. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1958 and then served our country faithfully in the United States Army as a specialist in intelligence from 1958 to 1959 and again from 1961 to 1962.
Carlson served as a parish priest in Episcopal churches in Pompton Lakes; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Bayonne; Belvidere; and Fair Lawn. After retiring from parish ministry in 1999, he continued to help others through his work as a supply priest and as a College Administrator at the Audrey Cohen College for Human Services and Education in New York. He spent his career counseling, supporting, and championing those who turned to him for guidance.
Carlson enjoyed reading and music, particularly preferring classical, jazz, and big band music. He was a gifted painter and photographer and enjoyed attending the theater as often as possible. Retirement allowed him to spend more time with his grandchildren, and he spent countless hours on the sidelines of soccer games, softball tournaments, and cross-country matches.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and David Carlson. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marlene Varga Carlson; their son, David Carlson, and his wife, Lara Pennington; and their daughter, Anne Finetto, and her husband, Todd. He is also survived by his sister, Lois Bowlby, and his five grandchildren: Devon, Paige, and Mackenzie Carlson, and Travis and Brody Finetto.
Condolences may be sent to Marlene Carlson at 11 Avalon Court, Somerset NJ 08873.