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Althea M. Carls, 85, of rural Arenzville, died Monday, January 11, 2021, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville. She was born September 12, 1935, in Beardstown, the daughter of Homer and Renata Lovekamp Fricke. She married David Carls on September 12, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arenzville.

Althea is survived by four children, Leesa (David Tobiasz) Carls of Marco Island, Florida, Steve (Susan) Carls, Drew (Jenny) Carls, and Marc (Tina) Carls, all of Arenzville; ten grandchildren, Matt Tobiasz of Sunrise, Florida, Steven (Christy) Tobiasz of North Hollywood, California, Katie Carls of Jacksonville, Chrissy (Matt) Vortman of Springfield, Jeffrey (Audrey) Carls of Arenzville, Jason Carls of Meredosia, Meghan (Mark) Norris of Jonesboro, Emily Carls (Kyle Matthews) of Griggsville, Derek Carls of Columbia, Missouri, and Rachael Carls of Chicago; four great-grandchildren, Emma and Anna Vortman and Quinn and Cameron Norris; and one brother, Richard Fricke of Ottowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave, and great-granddaughter Grace Elizabeth Vortman.

Althea was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Arenzville where she taught Sunday School and was actively involved in LWML and various church activities over the years. She served on the Triopia School Board, was a 4-H Leader, and was always a willing volunteer if needed by her church, family, and the Arenzville community. She especially enjoyed assisting in many areas at the annual Arenzville Burgoo. Althea helped her husband on the farm, raised a large garden, enjoyed a Bible Study group, and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s school and athletic events. She was a loyal Triopia Trojans fan and enjoyed traveling and playing golf.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arenzville, with burial at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. The family will meet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church and School or LWML c/o Trinity Lutheran Church. The Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.

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