Sandra K. “Sandy” Carlson, 81, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, after a brave and courageous battle with the corona­virus. 

She was born Feb. 10, 1940, in Danville, Ill., daughter of Leland and Ivy Blakley.

The family moved to Belvidere, Ill., where she grew up. Sandy attended Belvidere High School.

In 1968, Sandy made her home in Eagle River, where she met and married Henry “Hank” Carlson from Eagle River on March 8, 1969.

For many years, Sandy worked at her parents’ Blakley’s Birch Reef Resort in Conover, Wis.

She later was very proud to have worked as a jailer for the Eagle River Sheriff’s Department, the After-School Care Program, Pine-Aire Resort & Campground and lastly retired from Soda Pops the Warehouse in Eagle River.

She loved visiting with all the tourists and locals alike. Sandy loved cutting up, laughing, and more importantly, making others laugh. She was great at it too!

She treasured many years vacationing in Las Vegas, Nev., with her husband. Boy did they have fun! She was good at that too!

Sandra was a member of the Community Bible Church in Eagle River. She looked forward to Sunday Service and loved her Thursday Bible study time with her favorite group of ladies.

Sandra cherished her time with her husband, children and grandson. 

She will be best remembered for her unconditional love for her family, her contagious laughter and sense of humor, love of decorating inside and outside, and for her love of style. 

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Henry “Hank” Carlson; her children, son, Hank (fiancée, Paula Watson) Carlson, of Green Bay, Wis.; two daughters, Juli (Joe Garcia) Bauer of Eagle River, and Natalae “Nicki” Bauer of Rockford, Ill.; one  grandson, John Meier of Eagle River; and her brother, Samuel “Sam­my” Blakley, formerly of Eagle River; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Francis “Swede” and Patricia “Pat” Carlson of Eagle River; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Ivy Blakley of Conover.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

A special “Thank You” to the doctors and staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital;  Mary and Jim Ritzer for their constant help, support and prayers;  also to the congregation at the Community Bible Church; and to her family, many friends and neighbors. 

Sandy will be missed but her laughter and love will be forever in our hearts.

We love you and miss you every day! 

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River.  Online condolences may be expressed at