A Family Funeral Home

K. Maryellen Carlson

June 7, 1936 - October 11, 2020
Racine, WI



Friday, October 16, 2020
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT
Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
Racine Location
803 Main St.
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-7888
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Saturday, October 17, 2020
10:30 AM CDT
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St. Joseph's Catholic Church
1533 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church
1533 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402

St. Louis Catholic Church
13207 County Road G
Caledonia, WI 53108

St. Catherine's High School
1200 Park Avenue
Racine, WI 53403

Over Our Head Players
318 6th Street
Racine, WI 53403

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22478
Oklahoma City, OK 73123

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Life Story / Obituary


Maryellen Carlson (nee: Kathryn Maryellen Pfeiffer) passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020. She was born in Racine on June 7, 1936, to Grace (nee: Agnes Grace Hauch) and Aloysius William Pfeiffer. She was united in marriage to David A. Carlson on August 11, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Racine.

Maryellen spent most of her life in Racine. She graduated from St. Catherine’s High School and from Stout State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. She served her internship in Charlotte, North Carolina, and maintained her professional Registered Dietitian credentials for most of her adult life. Maryellen was the first Dietitian ever hired by Racine County. While working for the County at High Ridge Center, she met her husband, David. She continued to work at High Ridge until 1975; she also worked as a Consultant Dietitian for Westview Nursing Home, The A Center, and Kenosha Beef, until her retirement in 1992. Maryellen enjoyed traveling, the annual family vacation to St. Germain, genealogy, the Green Bay Packers, family gatherings, and watching sports – especially the Olympics. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, The American Dietetic Association, and President of Keepsake Collectors of Kringleville. Together with her husband, she owned Sue’s Hallmark.

Maryellen will be greatly missed by her children, Diane Carlson, Susan (Ken) Gill of Racine, and Karen (Barna) Bencs of Somers, along with her grandchildren Brianne, Tyler, Kaelyn, and Austin Bencs and Matthew, Jared, and Hannah Gill. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Mrs. Al (Jane) Carlson of Racine and Mrs. Vic (Patsy) Carlson. She is further survived by dear friends Joanne St. Amand, the family of Marv and Joanie Pfeiffer, nephew Tom Pfeiffer, all of Racine, niece Patti Auman of Fayetteville, NC, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of forty-four years, David; her parents; brothers, A. Jerome and Norbert (Joyce); mother- and father-in-law Winifred (“Sissy”) and Algot Carlson, Sr.; brothers-in-law Victor and Algot (“Al”) Junior Carlson, and sister-in-law Maria (Eldon) Engelhardt. In addition, her very special aunt Elinore Hauch and dear cousin Marvin Pfeiffer prepared the way for her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Erie Street, with Reverend Steve Varghese officiating. Friends and relatives may visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5 – 7. Interment will be held at St. Louis Cemetery. The Mass will be live streamed and may be viewed by going to the funeral home website, select K. Maryellen's page, select service and select live stream. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Joseph’s Church, St. Louis Catholic Church, St. Catherine’s High School, Over Our Head Players, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or one’s favorite charity.

The family extends their thanks to the entire staff at Pleasant Point for their care and comfort in providing a safe home for Maryellen.