By Judy Woods
We went over to visit the newlyweds, Ole and Marlene Carlson. They are just as delightful to be with as we expected then to be. Since they both have had such involved and interesting lives, we decided to talk mostly about their lives together.
For those who haven’t been here very long, both Ole and Marlene have lived in Sultan for a good many years. They both were married and had children. They both owned businesses here in town.
There was the 7 Cs Video Store, named after Ole’s five daughters, his wife and himself (Charles). Marlene owned Larry’s Auto Parts with her husband and son. Marlene and Larry had two sons and one daughter. Marlene lost her husband first, then Ole’s wife passed much later after a long illness.
Both Ole and Marlene are very involved in volunteerism. He is on the Board of Ddirectors for the library, works at the visitors center, and up until this year, read to a first grade class of children in Gold Bar for 13 years (I hear tell that he was very much loved there). He is also a member of the Sultan Education Foundation.
Marlene is on the board of directors at the senior Center, and volunteers as a cook there. She also teaches hunting safety classes. I got the distinct impression that Marlene loves doing things a little out of the norm, such as motorcycling in her mid-60s, and zip-lining, which, in my opinion, makes her a perfect yin for his yang. He loves woodworking and does a beautiful job at it. He showed us a wooden bowl with a lid. The grain matched perfectly in both pieces.
Ole asked Marlene out for dinner a year ago last July. He brought his new car to impress her, and took her to a basement Bavarian restaurant all the way over in Leavenworth. He must have impressed her pretty good because they were holding hands before the evening was over.
I remember seeing them together for the first time at the Veterans Day Celebration. I saw them holding hands very discreetly, and I thought, “Wow, very cool!”
It wasn’t very long and they both began to realize that they had something special going. The problem was that they both had families and they didn’t want to upset them. A series of family gatherings and barbecues followed. The worries finally disappeared when one of the grandchildren said that it sure was nice to see Grandpa smiling again. That took care of it and they were married last January and we all felt in love again, a little bit.
What plans do they have for the future? To continue volunteering and to travel. How does a 15-day cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. sound?
Hooray for our little library! We found out today that they made over $1,300 on this last book sale!
Good for them!
The first meeting to start planning this year’s Veteran Day Celebration was held. Everyone wants to make this day as special as they possibly can for the veterans. A special invitation goes out to all Gold and Blue Star Mothers in the area to attend. The next meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday at City Hall. Ideas and donations are very welcome.
Also, don’t forget the pancake breakfast Saturday at the Senior Center! Proceeds go to support their activities.