We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Fuller Funeral Home East Naples
Carl Oscar Brorson, 97, passed away on September 4, 2022 in Naples FL. He was the husband of Connie Brorson, who passed away in November 2021. They shared 62 years of marriage together in San Diego CA, Hinsdale IL, Bloomington IN, and Naples FL.
Carl was born in 1924, in San Diego California. He was the son of Carl A Brorson and Mabelle F Brorson (nee Anderson). He was a rower in high school, and also an amateur radio operator (ham radio). After graduating from high school in San Diego, he joined the Army and served in World War II from 1943 to 1946. His tour included training in West Virginia and Louisiana, before deployment to the European Theater. In Europe, he served in France and Germany, helping the Army liberate Rheinberg Germany at the end of the war. Post-conflict, he was part of the military government in Bavaria.
After the war, he graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a BS in Engineering. After college he moved back to San Diego where he worked in his father’s construction firm and ultimately met Connie Conover. They married in 1959 and had two sons. After 12 years in San Diego, the family moved to Hinsdale IL to be near his brother Donald. Carl was employed at Vogel Peterson, an office furnishings company where he worked as a design engineer. In Hinsdale, he enjoyed civic activities like working with Connie to prepare floats for Hinsdale’s 4th of July parade. The floats were decorated with tissue-paper flowers made by residents from a local assisted living care facility called Monticello; the floats won either 1st or 2nd prize for several years.
After retirement in 1991, Connie and Carl spent a year touring the USA in an RV, making friends along the way. They then settled in Bloomington IN where both made many more friends. They chose Bloomington because of access to student and faculty concerts at the IU music school – Bloomington is a small town with big things to do. Carl robustly supported Connie’s interest in Watercolor painting, accompanying her to shows as far away as Arizona. Carl was an avid walker and exercised every day, which is probably why he lived to 97.
Carl and Connie had a wonderful experience as residents at Bloomington’s Meadowood retirement center in the 2010’s, where they made many friends, and traveled to places like Key West, Boston, and New York.
The last three years of his life were in Naples FL, where both Carl and Connie moved to be close to their son Kurt. Although the pandemic prevented them from enjoying all the amenities that Southwest Florida has to offer, they loved independent living in their own condo and having family a 10-minute drive away. Connie passed away in 2021, but for 9 months Carl carried on. In this period, he enjoyed Zoom calls and visits from family, having a martini with his pals every Wednesday and going to Kurt’s condo in Ft. Myers every weekend.
Carl will be remembered for his intelligence, optimism and love for life. He is survived by two sons: Stuart of Arlington, Mass, and Kurt of Naples Florida.
A memorial service will be held on October 1, 2022 at 1:00 at Fuller Funeral Home East Naples (4735 Tamiami Trail East. Naples, FL 34112), with later interment with Connie at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego CA.
Memorial donations may be made to the Brain Research Foundation, 111 West Washington Street, Suite 1460 Chicago, Illinois 60602.