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Lillian Linnea Aberle née Carlson

Registration number 20090324B

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Lillian Linnea Aberle née Carlson (1900-1994) which are offered in memoriam and conveyed to her descendants are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Or a tower Azure charged with a garb Or on a chief Azure a carpenter's box Or.
Crest: A reindeer's head couped Azure attired Or.
Motto: Life is what you make it

Biographical information

Lillian Linnea Carlson was born one of a set of female triplets of John Erick Carlson and Anna Elisabet Wikman. John was a carpenter, millwright, and contractor, specializing in the construction of grain elevators throughout the upper mid-west. The following information has been presented in its present form due to varying dates on several documents as to Johnés actual date of birth. John Erick Carlson was born between 1860 and 1864 in Sweden, where he learned his trade. He later immigrated to America about 1884, based on the 1910 U.S. Federal census. The 1900 census stated 1885 as his year of arrival. He met, and later married, Anna Elisabet Wikman. She was born at Pitea, Norbotten, Sweden on 23 February, 1861. She arrived in the USA in 1884, according to the departure entry at Goteberg Sweden on 22 August. Anna Elisabet Wikman, the daughter of Otto Wilhelm Wikman, and Anna Lovisa Eriksdatter. John and Anna were married at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at Worthington, MN on 23 December, 1886.

John Erick Carlson built a house and they started a family. Eight children were born to them, all at Worthington, Twp. Nobles County, MN. Elmer A. was born on 30 May, 1887. Winifred was born in September of 1891. Gladys was born in November of 1896. Clifford Leroy was born on 27 March, 1897. The triplets followed, Lillian Linnea, Lulu E, and Lela L, on 19 October, 1900. John and Anna had another daughter, Genevieve, she died young. Her loss must have been very painful; little has been mentioned concerning her. The children were all raised in the Presbyterian tradition, and attended school at Worthington. On the 4th day of June 1915, at Worthington, MN, Lillian Linnea Carlson was recognized by the Superintendent of Schools for District#5, for perfect attendance and punctuality, which was stated on her award certificate.

John Erick Carlson was admitted as a citizen of the United States of America at Worthington, Nobles County, MN on 10 November, 1897. John decided to move the family to Minneapolis, MN between 1915 and 1916, to better position himself to obtain building orders, material, and supplies, as Minneapolis had grown into a main river and rail center for transport to support Minneapolis's role as a national milling center. The younger children graduated from West High School in south Minneapolis.

When the United States entered the First World War, both sons entered the service. Elmer was stationed in England, where he worked on air plane maintenance for the Army Air Corps. Clifford was placed in the Army Signal Corps and was deployed to the front in France. Previously to his service, Elmer followed in the Carpenter and Millwright trade under John's training, Clifford also did for a time; however, he switched to attend formal training in Music while working as a sign painter.

John was working on a grain elevator up in Crookston, MN where he died on 8 July, 1919. He was laid to rest at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Anna followed in death at Minneapolis on 15 September, 1931, at the age of 70. She was laid to rest next to John.

Following Lillian's High School education, she worked at a number of jobs and enjoyed going to dances with her Friends. She eventually met Erwin Bassett Aberle, the only son of Jesse Herbert Aberle and Anna Mabel Bassett, previously from Hopkins, MN. They were married at Minneapolis Minnesota on 14 February, 1923. Erwin was a newspaper Circulation Manager for various news papers in the USA and Canada. Erwin and Lillian's only child to reach adulthood, Kenneth Eugene Aberle, was born on 20 April, 1927, at Minneapolis, MN. Lillian conceived again, however, the pregnancy was not able to go full term, and Lillian lost a daughter. Along with other marital issues, their marriage ended in divorce in the mid 1930s.

Lillian moved back home to live with her sisters, raise Kenneth, and seek work, eventually finding an opening at the Minneapolis City Hospital, where she retired as a doctor's attendant after many years of service. She was granted her Retirement allowance by the Minneapolis City Employee's Retirement Board in October of 1965. Lillian was an avid Twins Baseball fan, and loved to travel; she made several trips out to the West and East Coasts.

Lillian died at Anoka, MN, on 23 April, 1994 at the age of 93. She was laid to rest next to the Carlson family at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. She is survived by one son Kenneth Eugene Aberle. Six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great, grandchild. She was known as "Nanny" to her grandchildren.

For extended information, see: Arms and History of Kenneth Eugene Aberle and Affiliated Families

Design rationale

The lower portion of the shield is a visual play on a grain elevator. The upper portion symbolizes what a tradesman would carry, the tools of his trade in as a Carpenter/Millwright. Color/Metal refers to the arms of the old country, Sweden. The crest refers to her maternal place of origin, the Wikmans from Pitea Norbotten. The color azure conforms to the shield and is also a difference from the civic arms of Pitea. The motto, "Life Is What You Make It", was one of Lillian's favorite sayings.

Registered by

Craig Scott Aberle


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