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Carol Joann Jahnsen

Carol Joann Jahnsen, 77, passed away peacefully Friday, October 9, 2015 holding the hand of her husband, best friend, love of her life, and travel partner for 51 years. Carol was born December 3, 1937, in Lakeview, Lake, Oregon to Arthur Iverson and Florabell Vernon.

After her parents divorced, Carol  lived mostly in Medford, Ore. with her father, stepmother Mae, and her brother, Mike Iverson. Throughout her childhood, Carol would often visit her mother, grandmother (Bertha Vernon), and younger sister, Judy Iverson Tschantre in San Francisco.

Carol married her high school sweetheart, Harvey Hueners, the summer before her senior year. One of her favorite stories was to tell how she and her eldest daughter, Debbie Hueners, graduated high school together. Debbie was born in October, and her son, Mark Hueners, followed shortly afterward.

By 1961, Carol and Harvey had divorced, and she moved to San Francisco. Carol came to San Francisco with $10.00 in her pocket, moved in with several girlfriends, and got a job at the old Seaboard branch of Crocker Bank. Carol was a hard worker and moved up quickly; she stayed with the bank for a total of 31 years.

Carol met her husband, Oivind (Eddie) Jahnsen at a local San Francisco hangout, the Mauna Loa Bar, on the corner of Fillmore and Union. If you asked Carol what college she had attended she'd tell you, "The School of Hard Knocks."

After getting married and having her second daughter Sonja, Carol motivated her crazy Norwegian husband to move across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin for a better family lifestyle. She was always grateful to Lena and Anker Anderson for lending them the down payment for their first home in Larkspur (which at that time cost $25K.) It didn't take long for the rest of their San Francisco friends to migrate over the bridge to start their families.

Carol was an excellent cook and the hostess of many gatherings for friends and family. She was a great believer in traditions, and could always be counted on to make the holidays special. Carol was a woman who put her family before herself and loved them despite their flaws.

Carol loved the fact that her husband's birthday was one day before hers. Both being Sagittarians, they traveled a lot and everywhere. And, if there was a cruise ship going there, even better! On sea days, she loved the sun in the morning, cocktails (Smirnoff & tonic, with a splash of Rose's lime) in the afternoon, second seating dinner, and to end her day, the ship's casino. There was rarely a night the slot machine wouldn't pay off for her. Carol was lucky. Whether it was slot machines, bingo, keno, or finding a parking spot in a full lot, "Lady Luck" was her friend.

Carol was not a big fan of funerals or memorials. She said she'd "much rather you visit while I'm living; it won't make a difference once I'm gone." Carol never wanted to hear about the possibility of life on other planets, telepathy, life after death, or any of that "far-fetched stuff." Carol didn't talk about God much, but she believed. She said that God had a book, and the date of your birth and the date of your death were written down.

When the doctor told her she had small cell lung cancer, she looked at him and said, "What medicine do I take to get rid of it?" She wasn't interested in what the internet said, and didn't want to hear about what she should be eating. She would tell you "all 'organic' means is that it rots faster."

Carol had no pain ever (except her daughters, whose constant concern made her crazy). She always smiled, ate, and drank what she wanted, and most important, kept Eddie in check. Carol lived her life her way and outlived the average lifespan, 18 months, of this cancer by four years.

Carol was grateful for the care she received from her general practitioner, Dr. Chase; Marin Cancer Center Staff; Dr. Metzger (she loved your hair); his assistant, Gloria; Dr. Poen; and Dr. Holberg plus the exceptional staff. The family will always be grateful to Marin General Hospital and Marin Hospice by the Bay.

Carol is survived by her husband, Eddie Jahnsen; her brother, Mike Iverson; her three children, Debbie Hueners Adair, Mark Hueners, and Sonja Jahnsen Saylor; four grandchildren, Rachel Adair, Christopher Adair, Amanda Jahnsen Gil, and Alyssa Jahnsen Saylor; and two great-grandchildren, Cristiano Gil and June Adair. She also had many nieces and nephews in Oregon and Nebraska.  She leaves all her family and friends with the knowledge that they were truly loved. 

Carol Joann Jahnsen