Lani D. Carlson (nee Burk), 50, of Loudonville, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013. Born August 6, 1963 in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Wade and LaVonne (nee Hicks) Burk. Lani attended college at Colorado State University, and graduated with honors from Sam Houston State University in Texas.
She met Sean when he came to Houston, Texas. After his illustrious college basketball career in Ohio, they fell in love, moved back to Garrettsville, Ohio, and worked in the Carlson Funeral Home family businesses.
Lani was very active in her community and a generous supporter of any activity in support of special needs children. She was a proud mother to their daughter, Regan. Lani was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend to many, and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Our hearts are broken, and Lani will be dearly missed by her parents; daughter, Regan; sister, Lisa (Craig) Crawford; mother-in-law, Katharine Carlson; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Lani asked that special thanks and remembrances be given to her sisters-in-law, Kathleen Bolan, Mary (Timothy) Marcovy, and Carleen (Rick Hamrick) Carlson; as well as her loving brothers-in-law, Michael (Karen), Patrick (Patricia), and Neil (Jacqueline) Carlson. Their unselfish and caring support for Lani and Regan has been remarkable.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Sean R. Carlson, who passed away less than 10 months ago.
Friends may join the family for visitation, Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 2 to 6 P.M., at Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 3477 Medina Rd. (corner of Rt. 18 & River Styx Rd.), Medina 44256. Funeral service will be held Monday, October 21, 2013, 11 A.M., at the funeral home with Dr. Richard Powers officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery, in Brunswick.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dale Roy School, 1256 Center St., Ashland, OH 44805.
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