Carole (Gunness) Hedblom

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Carole Louise Gunness Hedblom, 75
BRUNSWICK - Carole Louise Gunness Hedblom of Brunswick died Sept. 1, 2017, after a 32 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She was 75.
Carole was born Jan. 23, 1942, in Bizmark, N.D. to her parents, Evelyn and Chester Gunness. She was the sister of Barbie (Brovold) and Glenn Gunness; beloved wife of 48 years to Erland (Bud) Hedblom; she was the adored mother of Erik, Ethan, Emmett, Elise (DeRosa) and Ezra Hedblom; cherished mother-in-law of Ginger Hedblom, Leina Hedblom, Amy Laws, and Ramon DeRosa; and loved grandmother to Amelia, Phoebe, Elias, Lucy, Tucker, Evelyn, Caroline, Elik and Eland.
Carole graduated from St. Olaf College in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics. Shortly after graduating she moved to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to pursue her dream of becoming an interior designer. Her strong disdain for illicit drugs and lewd behavior quickly brought her back to Minnesota where she worked in a laboratory at the Pillsbury Flour factory. She loved telling folks that she was "a true flour child" during the hippie movement… This was where, in 1969, she met, fell in love with, and married Bud Hedblom - nearly six years her junior and more than a foot and a half taller. Their deep mutual love, respect, and loyalty for each other was present to her last breath.
Carole was an incredible Mom to her five children. On documents that required her to fill in an occupation, she wrote "Domestic Engineer". She was smart, thoughtful, had an incredible sense of humor, and was as stubborn as she was kind, compassionate and loving. Carole was heavily involved in the Brunswick community's Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts leadership, and volunteered as the Camp Soci Nature Nook Director for many years. Carole cheerfully fought a progressive incurable disease for decades while only allowing that she was "hanging in there". Carole Hedblom was an indomitable spirit of strength, determination, faith and love.
She was predeceased by her mother, father, brother and son.
Services will be held at First Lutheran Church on Auburn Street in Portland on Thursday Sept. 7th at 11 a.m.
Arrangements are by Stetson's Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick, where memorial condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers,
Carole's family requests a
donation be made in her honor to:
The National Multiple
Sclerosis Society at

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Funeral Home
Stetson's Funeral Home
12 Federal St
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-4341
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 3, 2017
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