Getting Home from Westercon

Four fans who survived the auto wreck that claimed Bert Carlson’s life planned to fly home after Westercon.

During the weekend, Deb Geisler posted this update and call for action:

There were four other fans with her — three were treated and released from the hospital; a fourth suffered major trauma to his hands and had surgery to reconnect fingers on one hand. Now there are four fans at Westercon who need to get home, and there is a quiet campaign (just made a bit louder by me) to help collect donations to cover their return flights.

Will Boyde purchased airline tickets for himself and the other three survivors so they could get home. Donations were requested at Westercon, online by Deb and through the Norwescon community (among others) to help Will defray the cost. Any excess funds received will be donated to Roberta Carlson’s family. Donations can be made through PayPal to: wboyde @

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  1. Date: Jul 5, 2008 2:57 AM
    Subject: please wear PURPLE to Berts memorial Friday 7/11/08 11-4pm
    Body: you all know how much Bert LOVED purple! the girl was always decked out head to toe purple purple purple!! down to her puffy fluffly purple boots she even wore in the summer !!! we have decided to all wear PURPLE to her memorial instead of black! Please join us and wear purple for Berta too!

    Date: Jul 4, 2008 2:05 AM
    Subject: ROBERTA CARLSON ( Berta’s) Mermorial Service Information
    Body: Please share with all…..Blessings

    Hi friends,
    Here is what we have so far:
    The funeral is set for Fri, July 11 at 11am
    at my mom’s church, St John Vianney
    12600 – 84th Ave NE
    Kirkland, 98034

    The ladies from the church will do the reception afterwards so there is really nothing that needs to be done in that regard.

    When we spoke to the funeral home today they said that we should be able to have her home either tomorrow or Sat. We will not be having a visitation/viewing.

    At the reception following the Mass we will be inviting those of you who want to share, to be able to do that.

    After the reception we will have a graveside service at HOlyrood Cemetary in SHoreline.

    From Her Sister Vicky

    I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for your prayers and well-wishes as well as those of you who have been able to visit. Your support has made it possible to survive this horrible time.

    We are truly blessed to have such great friends and family and you mean so much to us.

    Also thank you for passing information along to people you think should know whom I’ve not been able to include in the message. Thanks for taking such good care of us all.

    Audrey, Bridget and I are putting together a memory display so if you have pictures/mementos you would like to share can you please forward those to me?

    Once again, please reply to HOney at [email protected]

    Thanks again for your prayers and support,
    Vicky, Gene, Honey(Ray),and Chyvonne

    Please pass this information on to anyone who needs it
    Pamela aka Raven Bert’s best friend and the massage lady at cons 206-501-6608

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