PRESCOTT, AZ—Carolyn Ruth Tidlund, 83, was welcomed home by the Lord on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
Carolyn was born on April 22, 1938 to John and Dorothy Varga. She grew up in Chippewa Falls, WI, and graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1956. She went on to earn a degree in education from Taylor University in 1961. Carolyn later moved to Chicago and worked in an office position. at a magazine publisher. A year later, fate would intervene and she would meet her future husband, Don, on a train ride to visit his parents. The two were married on August 24, 1963, and settled in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN. After a few years of teaching in elementary school, Carolyn left to focus full-time on building a family and running the household. It wasn’t until her youngest was 10 that she decided to work part-time at a clothing store in Wayzata, MN for fun, where she discovered a love for fashion (she was always up for bright pink or a good leopard print!).
Family roots have always been tied to the Minneapolis area, but later, as empty nests, Carolyn and Don spent winters in Irvine, CA and recently moved to Prescott, AZ in December 2020. Carolyn has practiced many hobbies, including bridge, golf, reading, crosswords. puzzles, redecorate the house and follow all his favorite sports teams. She had an extensive network of dear friends, including bridge girls, swim team moms, church group, neighborhood friends, retail co-workers and other family friends for the life. She was known to all to be generous, a devoted friend and a trusted confidante. At the heart of his life, however, was his family. She was a devoted wife to Don and the two took many trips during their 58 years together which took them around the world. She was an active mother who never missed a game, a meeting, a recital or a concert her children attended. Growing up, she looked forward to calls and visits from her children, and later her grandchildren became a real highlight in her life too. But above all, Carolyn was a devoted Christian who dedicated her life to the Lord and led by example. She left a lasting legacy that will live forever in our hearts.
Carolyn was predeceased by her parents, John and Dorothy Varga.
She is survived by her husband, Don; sons: Chad (Cynthia) and Kirk; and his daughter, Jodi (Bryan) Johnson; grandchildren: Ethan, Dylan, Whitney and Drew; sister, Mary (Tony) Poulson; brothers: Dan Varga and Dave (Jayne) Varga, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held in the Twin Cities in Carolyn’s honor in the spring of 2022. Details to follow.