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Gladys Caroline Tobler-Boehm-Carlsen, 89, Of Westport

Gladys Caroline Tobler-Boehm-Carlsen
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WESTPORT, Conn. -- Gladys Caroline Tobler-Boehm-Carlsen, of Westport, known as “Toby” to her family and friends died Thursday, Sept. 3. She was 89.

She was born Oct. 7, 1925, in Weehawken, N.J., to Nellie and Hans Tobler, of Stein-Tobler Embroidery Company, Union City, N.J., designers and manufacturers, known for the creation of military insignia worn by all military branches during World War II.

She grew up in Teaneck, N.J., and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1947 with a degree in economics.

She married John “Jack” Boehm in 1947. Residing in Oradell, N.J. they had two children, Kenneth Boehm and Claudia Boehm. She was widowed at a young age. In 1958, she married Arnold Carlsen. They had two children, Ann-Lorraine “Lorrie” Nantz and Steven A. Carlsen.

She moved to Westport in 2007, to be close to her family, after having lived in Teaneck and Oradell, N.J. for 81 years. She was a longtime member of the Church of the Annunciation, Oradell, and the Episcopal Church Women who knitted scarves for the Seamen’s Church Institute Christmas at Sea Program.

After moving to Westport, she was active in the Christ & Holy Church “Common Treads,” a prayer shawl ministry who knit and crochet creating gifts of comfort.

She is survived by her four children, J. Kenneth Boehm and his wife, Lynne Boehm of Redding, Conn., Claudia Lynn Boehm of Clearwater, Fla., Ann-Lorraine “Lorrie” Nantz of Westport, and Steven A. Carlsen of Cannon Falls, Minn. Also, surviving are two grandchildren, Justin K. Boehm and Caroline M. Nantz.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road E., Westport. Friends are invited to attend a funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Christ and Holy Trinity Church 75 Church Lane, Westport.

Interment will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday at George Washington Cemetery in Paramus, N.J.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church St., Westport, CT 06880; Disabled Veterans National Foundation at: DVNF 1020 19th St., Suite 475, Washington, DC 20036 or online or The Seamen’s Church Institute, call: 212-349-9090, or online .

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