Edwina Lantz “Eddi” Carlson, 85, of Ashburn and Vienna, Virginia, passed away February 3, 2021. Eddi lived with Parkinson’s disease for many years and survived cardiac arrest in 2019, after which she entered the long-term care facility at the Ashby Ponds Senior Living Community.
Eddi was born as “Dorothy Edwina Lantz” in Hastings, West Virginia, on May 12, 1935 to Lewis Edwin Lantz, Jr. and Dorothy Owen Lantz. She grew up in Hagerstown, Maryland, and graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1953. She received a BS in Biology from Juniata College in 1957 and an MS in Education/Medical Biology from Long Island University in 1982.
Eddi is survived by her devoted husband, Albert Carlson, whom she married in 1961, and herthree loving children: son, Eric Carlson (partner Heidi Foster), and two daughters, Krista Carlson and Susan Carlson. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Judith Lantz, Brenda Lantz, and Marily Lantz, nephews Stephen Lantz, Edwin Lantz, Greg Caswell, and Alan Biorklund, niece Paige Houston, and great-niece Taylor Houston. She was preceded in death by her three beloved younger brothers, Lewis “Bud” Lantz, Samuel Lantz, and William Lantz.
Eddi and Al started their journey in Princeton, New Jersey. They moved to Massachusetts, then to Rockville Centre, New York, and eventually Northern Virginia where they lived for over 30 years. Eddi worked as a Medical Technologist in hospital laboratories at each location, retiring from Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Eddi and Al were very active in several Unitarian Universalist congregations. As a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, Virginia, Eddi served as treasurer and lay minister, sang in the choir, and was very involved with the caring circle, her covenant group, and taught religious education programs.
Her family and many friends will miss her humor, amazing memory, eternal optimism, and hearing the joyful tunes she hummed to herself. She had a big heart and a welcoming smile and always had a warm lap and lots of love for her granddogs and grandcats. She was fortunate to enjoy world travel, including coast-to-coast U.S., Europe, Africa, China, Canada, and Mexico, and spending time at the family cottage in Connecticut and her ancestral farm in West Virginia.
Edwina’s remains have been cremated. The family will prepare for a memorial service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice. Eddi will be missed.