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Donald Carstens

Donald F. Carstens

August 24, 1935 - April 19, 2021
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Donald F. Carstens, age 85, passed peacefully on April 19, 2021 after a struggle with Parkinson’s disease. U.S. Army Veteran, beloved husband of 65 years to Patricia (nee Drish); loving father of Tammy (James) Meyer and Donald (Dona) Carstens; grandfather of Madeline Meyer, Karlyn, Jake and Luke Carstens; devoted son of the late Genevieve (nee Gregory) and Frederick Carstens; dearest brother of Robert Carstens. Don was an officer for many years at the Oak Lawn Elks Club. He was a talented drummer whose deep love for music carries on with his family. Burial will be private with immediate family at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery. To honor Don’s love for music, and the joy music therapy brought him this past year, memorials can be made to the American Music Therapy Association at https://www.musictherapy.org/ by noting Don Carstens on the donations page. The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers at Heartis Village Orland Park and Elara Hospice for the care and love shown to Don during his illness and at his passing.
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Tom Zordani

Posted at 02:39am
What makes a person special?
Is it what someone did when they were alive, or how they are remembered after they’re gone? In Don’s case I believe it is both. I will always remember and miss his smile and joyful demeanor at church on Saturday nights, as he was always willing to fill in for a missing usher.
Pat, my caring thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family during this time of sorrow.
May God‘s peace and comfort be with you all, Tom Z
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