Pauline A. (Henigan) Carlson

June 2nd, 2013

Pauline A. Carlson, age 84, of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on June 2, 2013, at the Wilmington Health Care Center in Wilmington.

Pauline was born on September 3, 1928 in Medford, she was the cherished daughter of the late James P.  and Florence E. (Griffin) Henigan.  As a young girl, Pauline showed her support for her father as he ran and won the Boston Marathon in 1931.  Pauline was raised and educated in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.

Pauline married her late husband, Kenneth L. Carlson on August 5, 1957; sharing more than forty-two years together.  Pauline and Ken moved to Wilmington where they raised three wonderful children.  Family was most important to Pauline, she took great pride in caring for her home, children and in her later years her grandchildren; they were the light of her life.

Pauline was a woman of faith; she attended Mass at St. Thomas Church regularly.  She also enjoyed bowling, shopping and lunch with her friends.  Pauline often spent time at her lakeside cottage in Maine.

Pauline’s love of her family, her wonderful sense of humor and fun-loving nature will be so very much missed by all, especially at the many gatherings and occasions with family and friends.

Pauline was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth L. Carlson, devoted mother of Gary L. Carlson of Wilmington,  Sandra A. Gray & her husband Stephen of North Berwick, ME, and Glenn A. Carlson and his wife Mary Ann of Tewksbury, loving “Nana” of Ryan Carlson, Matthew Carlson, Jessica Carlson, James Lavine, Cassandra Carlson and Jenna Carlson, cherished daughter of the late James P. and Florence E. (Griffin) Henigan, dear sister of the late James Henigan, Florence Frazier, John Henigan, Rita Lang, Richard Henigan and William Henigan. Pauline is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass on Wednesday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m.  in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.  Interment  to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.   Memorial donations in Pauline’s name may be made to the Pan-Mass Challenge in support of her son, Glenn A. Carlson, rider ID #GC0090, 77 4th Ave., Needham, MA 02494 or  All proceeds from the ride will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Arrangements made under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Pauline A. (Henigan) Carlson”

  1. Patti Meehan says:

    Sandra, Gary, Glenn, and family;
    My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. May memories of the good times you shared help you through the difficult days ahead.

  2. The Saulnier Family says:

    Sandra, Steve, Jimmy, Nina, Glenn, Maryann, Cassie, Matt and Jenna, Gary, Ryan, Matthew and Jessie,
    Someone as special as your mother and grandmother will never be forgotten. She will remain in our hearts for as long as we live. The love and support of a mother and grandmother can never be replaced, but we hope you find some strength, in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel that you know.
    Rest in Peace Polliwog.
    Love, Debbie, Rick, Emily and Ricky

  3. Rosa Camacho says:

    To the family of Pauline Carlson, I’m truly sorry for your loss
    I had the pleasure of knowing Pauline from being her hair stylist for many years. She was an amazing person, who made me laugh and was always optimistic. She was loved by the whole staff at Hair-N-Now. She will be missed! Our Prayers go out to the family.

  4. Lynne Guzinski says:

    Sandra and family,
    Your Mom was a wonderful, darling woman. She will always be “Mrs. C.” in my mind. She will be missed by many people, especially as was obvious at your party last summer, her grandchildren. Anyone who met your Mom could not help but love her. May your memories give you some peace in the coming weeks. Love, Lynne

  5. Wayne and Maureen Parsons and Family says:

    Glen and Mary Ann,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. There is nothing like a mother and I’m sure you will miss her terribly. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you both, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Maureen Sullivan Parsons

  6. Eddy Damis says:

    Gary and family:

    We wish you our sincere condolences. Our love ones never lost, specially our mom. We are a part of them. They will always live as long as we exist. I agree it is always better to see them around, cherish them, listen to their kind advice, and enjoy their remarkably love. However, we have no control on time, the nature events, and the death of our love ones as well. We believe your mom accomplishes her mission nicely, and now she is resting in peace where God prepared for her. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Your team service in Olympus NDT.

  7. Tom and Carla Forsythe says:

    Gary and family,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. We remember how she loved to watch the boys play baseball. Our thoughts are with you.

    Tom and Carla

  8. Leeann Sadowski says:

    Dear Sandra, Steve, Gary, Glenn, MaryAnn and the whole Carlson Family,

    I hope it is a comfort knowing that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many friends! Your mom was a very special person with a zest for life and great love and devotion to her family. She will be missed by all of those who loved and knew her. Her kind smile, energetic personality, and wonderful sense of humor will be a few of the many things that I will remember always. You have a special angel to watch over you all and to help you through life’s challenges. Rest in peace, Mrs. C.

  9. Kathy and Walter elliman says:

    Dear Gary, we just heard the sad news about your mom. We are so sorryfor you and your family. Ii hope all your beautiful memories of her will give you comfort.
    Kathy and walter

  10. Frank & Ellen Marrec says:

    Dear Gary & the Carlson family, we just heard the sad news this morning.
    We send our deepest sympathies & prayers during this time.
    Frank & Ellen

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