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Michael Carlin

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Michael Paul Carlin, age 76 of New Hampton, Iowa died Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at his home surrounded by his wife and children. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert, Msgr, Carl Schmitt, Rev. Dan Knipper and Rev. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Michelle Lau will be the pianist with Terry Schwickerath and Jim Roths, cantors. Lectors for the service will be Pat Johnson, Chuck Carlin and Tim Sailstad. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Abby Carlin, Megan Sailstad, Wade Carlin, Sydney Carlin and Olivia Carlin. Internment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Hampton with Karl Fliris, Gary Johnson, Merle Schwickerath, Dan Carlin, John Carlin, Nathan Carlin, Ryan Carlin and Jonathan Sailstad serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Mike's "500 Marathon Card Club" and "Bridge Marathon Card Club". Friends may greet the family from 3 - 8 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018, at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home located at 101 W. MAIN STREET in New Hampton, where there will be a 2:45 p.m. Rosary and a 7:30 p.m. Scripture Service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church. Mike's family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in his name. Michael “Mike” Paul Carlin was born October 4, 1941, in New Hampton, to Leonard and Regina “Betty” (Day) Carlin. Mike attended the Country School near Reilly Ridge, graduated from New Hampton High School, Loras College, and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Mike was united in marriage to Dorothy Schwickerath on November 21, 1964, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington. Mike touched so many lives through his decades of service in the New Hampton community. He taught middle school English at the New Hampton Community Schools for 35 years during which he directed 35 musicals. He will undoubtedly be checking our grammar from above! Mike served as President of the Music Boosters and President of the St. Joseph’s School Board. He started and, for more than 30 years, directed the St. Joseph’s Church choir. For the past 10 years he was a board member at the CEC. Mike did part-time bookkeeping for Harvestall, and prepared taxes for generations of friends and family. Mike enjoyed being with others as much as they enjoyed being with him. He loved card clubs with friends, gatherings at the country club, trips to the casino, and bus excursions. He was a true patriarch devoted to and cherished by his family. He was so proud of his grandchildren and made it a priority to attend as many of their games, concerts, and special events as possible. Michael remains cherished by his beloved wife of 53 years Dorothy; loving children Michele (Timothy) Sailstad of Duluth, MN, Denise Carlin of Santa Monica, CA, David (Pam) Carlin of Huxley, IA, and Steven (Traci) of Minnetrista, MN; treasured grandchildren Nathan, Abby, Jonathan, Miranda, Megan, Ryan, Wade, Sydney, and Olivia; siblings Charles (Phyllis), Patricia (Gary) Johnson, Kathleen Millington-Drake, and Daniel; sister-in-law Kathleen Sullivan, and two brothers-in-law, Donnie (Donna) Schwickerath, Merle (Karen) Schwickerath; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Genevieve and Theresa; sister-in-law Marianne Mashek and brothers-in-law Francis Schwickerath, Don Mashek, and Don Sullivan.

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  1. My sympathy to Dorothy and Mike’s entire family. I taught in his old room for many years after he left and could never open the closet without thinking of him.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. We have known each other for many years. The last time I saw Dorothy and Mike was at my dad’s funeral. It was so good to see them! Mike will be greatly missed. Love to you all! Maria Popken (Steffen)

  3. To Dorothy and all the family, My deepest sympathy to you, I didn’t know Mike was ill until yesterday and now when I am checking the obituaries I see his name . I am so sorry. He was such a good friend to Lowell and I and they sure enjoyed each others company. He is now in heaven with the angels watching over you. Sincerely, Linda Stolfus

  4. I am so sorry to hear this news. I loved “Mr. Carlin.” I did my student teaching with him years after being a student in his classroom. He always had a big smile on his face whenever or wherever I saw him. Condolences to the family.

  5. My sympathy to the family. Mr. Carlin was a great teacher! I also remember babysitting his kids when they were young. He sang at my step-mom’s funeral and it was beautiful! He will be missed for sure!

  6. I am very sorry to hear of “Mr. Carlin’s” passing. I loved being in his English class and remember diagramming sentences at the chalkboard! He was a wonderful teacher and certainly inspired me to become an educator. My sympathy to his family.

  7. My sincerest sympathy to the family of Mr. Carlin. He was a wonderful teacher! I am honored to have been one of his English students.

  8. Dave and I send our sympathy to all of Mike’s family. We enjoyed playing cards with him and just knowing him. He was a great guy. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  9. So sorry to hear about “Mr. Carlin”. He was an excellent teacher. He was one of the reasons I loved English. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  10. Mr. Carlin was the most genuine, caring and positive person I’ve ever been around, and his support of our dad and family will never be repaid. He also was extremely supportive of my career and would always ask how things were going. God bless him and his family!

  11. Our sympathy to Dorothy and children on the death of your dear husband, father, and grandfather. He was a positive influence on so many students. Take time to tell and listen to all those “Mick” stories.

  12. so sorry to here this he was a very good friend to our family and to me he done a lot for that will never be forgotten I thought a lot of him My prays are with you all.

  13. Mr. Carlin was a kind and generous person. He was one of my favorite teachers and was a great inspiration to me.

  14. Our Sympathy for you Dorothy and family. We so enjoyed you both on the recent bus trip. Hold tight to all your good memories. Mike will be missed by many.

  15. I fondly remember 8th grade English class from so many years ago. Mr. Carlin was a wonderful teacher and a great individual. I still use many of the things he taught me today. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  16. Mike was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Sorry to read of him passing. Thinking of the family in such a sad time.

  17. Mike Carlin was a truly wonderful man. When I was a screwed up kid going through high school in New Hampton, and attaching myself to the Carlin kids, Mike was always there, welcoming me into their home. My folks always thought incredibly highly of him as well. The kids and grandkids of the Carlin clan are a true testimony to the terrific parenting of Mike and Dorothy both, and a living legacy of a great, and truly good, man.

    Jeff Buscher

  18. We enjoyed Mike and Dorothy on our recent bus trip. Hold on to your memories. It was a great trip.

  19. Mike Carlin will always be remembered as a remarkable educator and friend. He was respected by parents, students and fellow educators. His hearty laugh and positive attitude will always be remembered. Bill and Sandi Garner

  20. Not only was ‘Mr, Carlin’ an excellent teacher, Mike was also a very warm and caring person…and had an excellent memory! No matter how many years had passed, upon seeing him he would always remind me that I was ‘Sally’ in the play he directed that eighth grade year. How did he do that? He had a knack for making others feel special. My prayers and sympathy are with you, Dorothy, and your entire family. 🙏🏼

  21. Please accept my condolences for your loss. And while it may have been hard saying goodbye to Michael, be comforted in knowing that in God’s due time, he will forever eliminate all suffering on earth including death, as expressed in this video:

  22. Dorothy, I am so saddened by your loss. Dan and I were so shocked to hear about Mike. You and your family have our heartfelt sympathy. Prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  23. Dorothy and Family – I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a “presence” here in New Hampton and will be missed by many. Prayers for you and yours in this time of sorrow.

  24. I had the opportunity to have Mr. Carlin in 8th grade English. I have returned for more formal education several times in my life and used the knowledge that I attainted so many years ago. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  25. Dennis and I extend our sincerest condolences to your family. Mike was a great man. We always enjoyed the brief conversations with him when our paths crossed. He had so much care for students and even made a point to stay current with the younger one coming up. Such impact.

  26. We are so saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a bright spirit with a bright smile, as well as a dedicated teacher. We will be keeping all of the family in our prayers. -Judy and Dean Knoll

  27. Dorothy, Michele, Denise, David, & Steven & Families, We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to all. Mike was a beloved brother-in-law and a wonderful friend. We will miss him dearly. There was probably never a week went by that we didn’t see him or talk to him on the phone. There were many Sunday afternoons at the Casino or playing cards in Charles City with Kathleen, golfing, or getting together for family events. He is gone much too quickly but may he now rest in peace with his loving God. Love to all, Merle & Karen

  28. Dorothy and all of Mike’s family: On behalf of the Class of 59, Mike will be truly missed. Mike was proud of us all and cared very much about us. When greeting him, wherever, he would always stop to visit and be brought up to date of happenings in our lives. We have great memories of by gone days with Mike and his wonderful friendships and smile!

  29. Carlin Family; my deepest sympathies to all of you. Mr. Carlin was a wonderful teacher and a very caring man. I am honored to have been one of his many students. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  30. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was such a caring, happy person that will be missed. Thinking of you all.

  31. My deepest sympathies to the entire Carlin family. I had the pleasure of being taught by Mike in school and in life. He had the uncanny ability to bring out the best in people by believing in them. Mike gave me some of my first opportunities in the “working world” and had a wonderful passion for directing school plays, of which I was lucky enough to be in one,. He still remembered all of his students and/or actors and was genuinely interested in catching up whenever you would see him.
    He will be missed by all who knew him.

  32. Dorothy and Family,
    My deepest sympathies for your loss. Mike was a great friend to both of my parents as well as my teacher, my organist for my wedding and of course taxes. He had a huge smile and a memorable laugh. Hold all of the wonderful memories close to your heart.
    Praying for all,
    Shelly Hartshorn Snyder

  33. We hope and pray that Mike’s memories will fill your thoughts in the next days when you are coping with his loss. He has been a great neighbor and we have enjoyed seeing him to golf, at church or just out for a walk. All our thoughts and prayers to his family. Neighbors David and Jeanne Roder

  34. New Hampton lost another icon! We send our sympathy and prayers to all the Carlin family. We all have special memories of Mike. His family and community will surely miss him.

  35. I left New Hampton right after high school, but I’ve always remembered Mike Carlin and his smile. He was truly a lovely person, and I am sorry he’s gone. Blessings on him and his family, and peace.

  36. My deepest sympathy to your entire family. Mr. Carlin was the best English teacher and my love of the classics began with him. He truly had a gift.

  37. This handsome Irishman became an angel this week. We grew up together in Iowa as our Dads were brothers. He will be missed by many, including all the English students he taught through the years. What a beautiful legacy he has left with so very many people. We are so proud of the individual you were and know you are welcomed in Heaven by a lot of your family and friends, cousin Mike. You will suffer no more. You will be so missed, but are comforted you are in Heaven.

  38. Dorothy and family …. Sending my heartfelt sympathy. So deeply saddened to receive the news of Mike’s illness and passing. Mike was one of the most caring persons I have known. His smile and humor could brighten anyone’s day. He will be missed by many, but the significant ways he touched us will live on forever. May God comfort you at this difficult time of sorrow and the support of family and friends strengthen you now as well as in days to come. You are lifted in my prayers🕆

  39. Mike took me to my senior prom, even though we were just friends. He taught my sons in middle school and is remembered as their favorite teacher. After we moved to Florida 35 years ago we’d run into him occasionally when on a visit back “home” and were always met with a smile a hug and questions about our well being. The world is a poorer place without him.

  40. Our deepest sympathies to you Dorothy and family. We enjoyed our recent bus trip with the two of you and will always remember the great time we had. I will cherish the conversations, the laughs, and the hug we shared with each other upon our return home . You were such gracious hosts’. Mike will be missed by so many, as he certainly was an icon in the community…a great educator, caring and friendly to others. With a charming disposition, he always greeted you with a smile. His talent for singing and the many musicals he was involved in with his students were enjoyed by all. Heaven has gained a real angel. Rest in peace Mike. You were truly a great man!

  41. Our deepest sympathy to you, Dorothy, and all of your Family! Mike was an amazing English Teacher who was able to inspire us to diagram sentences and learn how powerful words can be! He also inspired us to use our voices to change things we didn’t agree with! He was more than a great teacher. His wonderful smile and musical talents will be long remembered!
    Larry and Darlene Throndson

  42. We send our deepest sympathy to you Dorothy and family on Mikes’ passing. He was such a great person whom always had a smile, laugh or kind word for all. He was a great English teacher and will long be remembered for all he did to encourage and develop his students interest in learning. I’m glad you were able to enjoy one last bus trip together with him Dorothy! You’re in our prayers, Deb (Gebel) Winter

  43. My deepest sympathies to Dorothy and family. I would have attended the visitation if I had been home. It would have been nice to see the family, since I felt like part of your family while I took care of Mom Betty. Mike’s dedication to the music boosters was so appreciated. All of New Hampton will feel the loss.

  44. I have great and wonderful memories of Mike when we attended Loras College.
    He always had a positive and uplifting spirit which helped many people.
    Mike, May God grant you your eternal reward for a job well done.

    Patrick L Murray
    Chicago, Il

  45. Our deepest thoughts of sympathy to Dorothy and family on your loss of Mike. We are sorry to miss his services but we are out of town. Thoughts are with you all, he will always be in your hearts ♥️ and your memories.

  46. Dorothy and family, so sorry to hear of Mikes death, we thought a lot of him just by going on our first bus trip . Our sympathys to you all. Ed and Becki Kielsmeier

  47. Adrian & Marilyn Kuennen
    We extend our deepest sympathy to you, Dorothy and your family, on Mike’s passing. We enjoyed playing 500 with you both when you came to Fort to play at the Community Center. Mike was a very good card player and most of all, he impressed us as a kind, gracious man and one we were glad to have met. We would have come to his funeral, but were still in Arizona at the time. May your good memories sustain you through this difficult time.

  48. Our sincere sympathy to the entire family. Great neighbor, teacher, & person! We were truly blessed by his talents with the students & the great musicals our daughters were privileged to be part of. Dr Richard & Brita Reams

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