Connie Carlson

Connie Carlson

Connie Carlson

Connie Marie (Sollinger) Carlson, age 75, of Friendship, Wisconsin passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Arbor View Court in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Connie was born August 28, 1947 in Downers Grove, Illinois to Robert and Mary (Horning) Bush. She grew up and graduated from Downers Grove High School. Connie married Ron Carlson, October of 1970 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Adams, Wisconsin. Shortly thereafter they opened Carlson’s Keg on Castle Rock Lake until 1979. Connie co-founded Main Street Station in Adams with Kay Cwikla and in 1985 opened Carlson’s Rustic Ridge with her husband Ron. In 1990, Connie founded Splash Waterfront Bar and later Blossom Shop in Friendship. Connie continued to work until her health problems wouldn’t allow.

Connie loved to host gatherings, travel, arts and crafts and all of her customers that turned into family over her life long career in hospitality.
Connie was always known for her delicious soups, welcoming spirit, contagious laugh and thoughtfulness.

Memorials may be directed in Connie’s memory to Alzheimer’s awareness.

Connie was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Mary Bush; brother, Richard Bush; and sister, Katherine Wood.

Son: Rick (Brianna) Carlson of Friendship
Daughter: Kim (Nic Marzahl) Carlson of Friendship
Bonus Son Evan Sollinger of Wisconsin Rapids
Grandchildren: Adelaide Carlson and Hendrik Carlson of Friendship
Further survived by other relatives and many good friends.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Mark Stephens says:

    Sorry for your loss. Connie was part of the Adams County through the various businesses she was involved. Also having my late father’s celebration of life at Splash was a great experience.

  2. Cathy Rathermel says:

    We are so very sorry to read this loss. Connie was a giving soul who helped many and always with a smile. Blessings to all of her family.

  3. Dick and Marj Colby says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  4. DeeDee Lalicata says:

    So sorry for your loss Had so many good times over the years at all the places w both your folks HUGS

  5. Bonnie & Steve Kramer says:

    Rick/Kimmy and family. Steve and I are so sorry to hear this news. Many wonderful memories of Connie
    Prayers to all of you

  6. Kathy says:

    Kimmy and Rick, so sorry for your loss.

  7. Coleen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that Connie passed. I, like many others will miss her spunk and beautiful smile! She meant so much to me, and working at Splash taught me many life lessons. Big hugs Ricky and Kimmy!!!

  8. Dorothy Brennecke says:

    My sincere condolences to Rick and Kim and family’s. I have some great memories working at Carlson’s Keg and Main St Station. I remember the Halloween parties they had. So much fun. RIP Connie.

  9. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with Connie’s family at this sad time.

  10. Dody Klaus says:

    My Condolences & Prayers to the family.

  11. Dr. James Reed says:

    I enjoyed eating at Splash over the years. Your mom would always make time to come over to the table for laughs. She was a a lovely and kind individual. I will miss the smile she invariably maintained upon greeting you. RIP my friend!
    Dr. James Reed

  12. Julie says:

    Sorry for the loss.. She was funny, kind and loving. Sad to see such a lovely woman leave this world with a beautiful heart and soul. Rest in peace

  13. Curtie & Michelle Pollex says:

    Ricky, Kimny & family~I’m so very sorry to hear of y’all’s Mom passing. It’s never easy but knowing she’s not suffering anymore makes it a little easier to bear. Sending love, hugs & prayers~♥️🙏✝️😇

  14. Marcia and Robert Wysocky says:

    Kim and Rick,
    Many thoughts and prayers are with you both at such a sad time. There are many wonderful memories for all of us who knew her. Her memory will live on through the both of you.

  15. Rachel Marti says:

    Kim & Rick –
    Sending you both a huge hug and love in this sad time. I have so many great memories with Connie over the years, working at Splash taught me so many life-lessons I still carry with me today. She was a one of a kind person who will be greatly missed. I’ll be dreaming about her cream of mushroom soup and infectious laugh until we meet again one day!

  16. Curt and Dawn Mathe says:

    Kim and Rick we are so sorry for your loss. Many fond memories of Connie and Carlson’s. Sending hugs and prayers.

  17. Georgette Sturm says:

    Kim and Rick I am so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Our condolences to the Carlson family. Rest in peace Connie. Dave and Gette Sturm

  18. Teresa Marti says:

    So sorry for your loss. She will be missed. Rubber and Teresa Marti

  19. Marge says:

    Rick and family, so sorry for your loss.

  20. DeeDee Brennecke Heath says:

    So very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have many great memories working at Carlson’s Keg. Your Mom taught me alot in the restaurant industry. Connie was always so kind, funny and just fun to be around. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  21. Lloyd and Julie Ebert says:

    Thoughts and prayers to everyone. May she rest in peace.

  22. Bev Meier says:

    Thoughts and prayers for everyone

  23. pat holm jodarski says:

    Holidays so sad when hearing about loved ones who are no longer with us so many memories with the carlson family. Love and prayers RIP Connie

  24. Tanya Kotlowski says:

    Prayers and love for Kim and Rick, and all those who love Connie. There are many lives she touched over the years, and many of us have wonderful, loving memories of our time with her. God bless all those who are grieving Connie’s passing. Love you.

  25. Sheila says:

    Rick&Kim So sorry for you loss,I will miss your beautiful Mother,Many memories to cherish.May you find strength in the days ahead and have comfort& peace from family & friends during this difficult time.She sure will be missed!RIP Connie

  26. Michael Lewandowski says:

    Sorry to hear about your mother, Rick and Kimmy. I loved your mother. She was a great person. She was kind to everyone that I know fun person to be around and a good friend of mine. I will never forget your mother. Love you Connie rest in peace.

  27. Wendy Wenzel says:

    So very sorry for the family’s loss

  28. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    Ray and I send our condolences and prayers to Connie’s family.

  29. Todd & Lynn Dolata says:

    So sorry to hear this! I have great memories of her and working for her. She had a great sense of humor and a great zest for life. Our prayers are with the family.

  30. Jeff Rhinehart @Penny Buchda says:

    Thoughts an prayers to all the family members May she rest in Peace

  31. Bob and Janis Cada says:

    We’re sorry for your loss. Peace, love and comfort to your families.

  32. Jodi Helgeson says:

    So sorry to hear this. My sympathy to you all

  33. Sue Anderson says:

    Kim and Rick & Family -My sympathy in the loss of your Mom. She was one of a kind. I enjoyed working for her. Her smile and laughter were contagious.

  34. Tom Laridaen says:

    My condolence to Rick , Kim and Carlson family. Connie was a beautiful, caring person and a great cook.
    RIP Connie

  35. Peg Lecy says:

    So sorry on your loss

  36. Peggy Sleeman says:

    My condolences are with you Rick, Kim, the entire family on the loss of you mom.

  37. Larry and Susie Bayer says:

    So sorry to hear. Connie was always smiling and a joy to talk to. She’s in a better place now. But will always be missed. Prayers to the family.

  38. Jeff & Betsy Church says:

    Kim and Rick – so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Your Mom was very special, and we are blessed to have had the privilege to know her. We have many fond memories from over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  39. Don D'Anza says:

    Rick & Kim, we are so sorry for your loss. Connie was a great person. She will forever be in our hearts.
    Donny, Cindy & Hayden D’Anza

  40. Clay and Joy Feight says:

    Rick and Kim, we are so very sorry for your loss. Will cherish all the good times and memories at your Mom’s bar. Prayers are with the both of you.
    Our condolences,

  41. Jacci Bogseth says:

    So many memories to cherish…Connie was one of a kind…sending you my love

  42. Mary & Ross Moore says:

    Sending sincerest condolences to Connie’s family. Always will remember her delicious meals at her different establishments.

  43. Kari and Bob Juedes says:

    Such sad news. Connie will always be remembered for her contagious smile, her hospitality and of course her fabulous cooking including her soups! Deepest sympathies.

  44. Patti Rhinehart says:

    My deepest sympathy to all the family! Loved her soups and hospitality. Treasure the memories!

  45. John Belsha says:

    One of God’s true gifts. Connie was a beautiful and wonderful person. I have never heard a disparaging word spoken about her. She will be truly missed. God bless you Kim and Rick.

  46. valerie Mecklenburg says:

    heartbreaking for your family. hold on to the memories..🙏

  47. Marcia Hicks says:

    Rick and Kim, So very, very sorry for your loss. Every one of us that knew Connie feels the loss also. Connie was a special friend and she will never be forgotten.

  48. Martha Krause says:

    Kimmy, we are so sorry for your loss. My entire family loved Connie and my children hold a special place in their hearts for her. Adam will never forget her as the lady that gave him gummy worms when he went into the kitchen after snowmobiling. ❤️ She will be forever in our hearts.

    Michael, Martha, Lexi, Lee and Adam Krause

  49. Rock says:

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom , your in my Prayers 💕

  50. Marty Hillert says:

    Rick and Kim and families; my thoughts are with you in this loss. No words can fill the void created by her departure, but know that we all feel the loss with you.

  51. Eric Carlson says:

    We are very saddened to hear of Connie’s passing. Sending prayers and healing thoughts your way.

    Love, Eric, Mila & Gabriella Carlson

  52. Cindy Babcock says:

    My condolences goes out to the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  53. Tim and Andrea Hurns and family says:

    Connie.. you will truly be missed. You were such a kind, beautiful soul. You will never be forgotten. We hold all the memories of you in our hearts!!

  54. Tonia Peterson says:

    Kim and Rick, I’m so very sorry to hear this. Connie was an amazing human. She taught me so much about cooking and made me truly enjoy the art. We had so many laughs and good times in that busy kitchen. Her smile lit up a room and her beauty made it shine. You are all in my thoughts. She will be missed.

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