Ginger Rae Carlstrom – Detroit Lakes Tribune

Ginger Rae (Ballard) Carlstrom, age 75, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, died Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the Essentia Health-Oak Crossing Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at the Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church in Detroit Lakes, with a meeting time one hour earlier. The David-Donehower Funeral Home is helping the family with the preparations. Ginger was born on August 29, 1947 to Raymond Lorenzo and Claressia Mae (Ammerman) Ballard in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The family moved to Dunn Township in 1958, where Ginger attended Pelican Rapids High School. She then worked for West Central Turkeys, where she was extremely proud to be a union representative, and Swift of Detroit Lakes. She was married to Charles Vernon Carlstrom in June 1968 and had two children, Darla Kay and Donnie Jay. The family moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where Ginger worked at a local pizza joint. She settled in Detroit Lakes, bought a house and rented the top floor. Ginger also worked at Fingerhut as well as at her own daycare. She also worked at the Landings Department Store in Detroit Lakes, and eventually the family relocated and worked at the Carlstrom Family Farm. In 1993 she lost Charlie in a hunting accident. In the years that followed, Ginger drove for Becker County and worked at Kenny’s Candy. She then took a job at Lake Shirts and helped raise her granddaughter Jessica. Meanwhile, she had several rental properties. Upon retirement, Ginger moved to Maple Lake, Minnesota to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter. Ginger enjoyed a good prank, shopped, helped others, danced, and did karaoke. She loved being fashionable, with jewelry being one of her passions. Ginger also enjoyed serving meals at Lake Eunice Evangelical Church. Ginger is survived by sisters Jackie Lou Peterson of Detroit Lakes, MN; and Brenda Lee Strand (Amy) of Maple Lake, MN; grandchildren, Jessica Rae Westtrud (Jeff) of Rockford, MN; and Brandon Oliver Jr. of North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Lenora Brunnemyer of Minot, ND; and many nieces and nephews. Her parents, Raymond and Claressia, precede her in death; her husband Charles; a son, Donnie Jay; a daughter, Darla Kay; a sister, Jenny Lynn; Brothers: Billy James, Dale Dwight and Terry Lee; Brother-in-law Dale Peterson and Bill Brunnemyer.

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