In Memory of Adam M. Carstensen

Adam M. Carstensen
Adam M. Carstensen
Born: May 16, 1976
Died: April 28, 2016
Age: 39
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Adam M. Carstensen
May 16, 1976 - April 28, 2016
From: Lake City, IA

Adam M. Carstensen, age 39, of Lake City, formerly of Odebolt, Iowa passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Stewart Memorial Community Hospital of Lake City, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 02, 2016 at the United Methodist Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Reverend Ken Miller will officiate. Burial will follow in the Cook Center Cemetery of rural Schaller, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 01, 2016, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home, of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to


Adam M. Carstensen was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, on May 16, 1976, to Mike and Rebecca “Becky” (Siebrecht) Carstensen.

Adam attended AEA Preschool and went on to AEA School until 1995. He spent a brief time at the Howard Center before joining Opportunity Living in 2003. Adam loved his Opportunity Living family and made many relationships along the way. Spending time on his swing at Opportunity Living with his I Pad mini shuffle singing along to his favorite songs.  He enjoyed cars, trucks, racing, movies, camping and any type of music.

Adam treasured his family time. Going on rides in his brother’s cars or trucks and spending time with his dad in the combine. He brought a smile to you and usually some kind of joke to tell. Adam led a simple but fulfilling life, something we could all learn from.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kermit and Jean Siebrecht and Gene and Nick Carstensen.   

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Mike and Becky Carstensen of Schaller, Iowa; brothers and their families, Andy (Michelle) Carstensen and children: Brianna, Aidan and Cole of Odebolt, Iowa, Alex (Janelle) Carstensen and children: Hailey and Elaina of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and extended family and friends.


3:00 p.m., Monday,
May 02, 2016

United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Pastor Ken Miller


4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


Cook Center Cemetery
Rural Schaller, Iowa


Monday, March 6, 2017 at 2:06 PM
“Dear Mike, Becky, and sons
I am truly sorry for the loss of your son and brothet Adam! It's such a tragedy to lose a child! I guess God had better plans for our sons! God bless you all and we will see them again. In Christian love, Toni Werner ”
- Toni Mandernach/Werner
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:33 AM
“Mike and Becky....we are saddened to hear about Adam. Although we never knew him as an adult, and we can only imagine what it must be like to lose a child, please know you are in our thoughts at this time.”
- Clarice and Rolf Christophersen!ike and Becky....we were so sad to hear about Adam. Although we never knew him as an adult, and we can only imagine what it is like to lose a child, please know that we are thinking about y today.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:32 AM
“I remember sweet Adam from Faith, Hope and Charity. Little red head boy with a great sense of humor and laugh. He was darling. He loved so many of our fun activities! So when I saw this today it made me realize the special children who left an impact on us, he was one of our first residents and I have thought about that "little guy" over and over again! I am sure he grew up to be a kind and fun young man too. With sympathy, Cindy Bachman- former Director of Recreation ”
- Cynthia Bachman
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:32 AM
“Mike and Becky--I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Though I haven't seen you for several years, probably at my Dad's funeral, I remember teasing you, Mike, about taking care of you as a baby when your mother was expecting Pat. I have always felt empathy for you as parents of Adam because my older son, Chris, who is now 47, is developmentally disabled. It's amazing how much we can learn while raising a child who has "problems", and how much we can appreciate the special bond we form with him. This is not something that we, as parents, can completely explain to others who have not had similar experiences, but I think that we and our sons make us "special" also. Please accept my condolences at this difficult time. Janelle ”
- Janelle Carstensen Oliver
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:31 AM
“so sorry to hear of your loss we just learned today of his passing Jason was very fond of Adam I know the gates opened wide welcoming him home I know the days ahead will have lots of emptiness just hold on to the many fond memories you all shared God Bless your family sincerely Jason mom Shirley and dad Louis thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family”
- jason stauter
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 9:23 PM
“I was really sad to hear about Adam. I worked with him many years at Howard center. I will always have fond memories of Adam. Rest well Adam.”
- teresa biederman
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:42 PM
“Mike, Becky, Andy, and Alex--We send our sympathies and prayers to you all. Our hearts are with you.”
- Glenn and Sally Becker
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:42 PM
“I went to school with Adam he was a good guy he will be missed so much I enjoyed being his classmate we will miss you Adam ”
- Nancy lane
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:42 PM
“I extend my most sincere sympathies to your family. He had "wings" many years ago, what a sweet boy! Hard for me to understand that he was 39! Thinking of all of you!”
- Penny Wicker
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:42 PM
“I met Adam and his parents the day he became part of the Opportunity Living family. I did recreation activities with Adam when he lived in Rockwell City. He was such a HILARIOUS, imaginative, caring young man. Adam and I went on several double dates with his longtime girlfriend Lois Lane and Clark Kent in the General Lee (bus). He would also say that while riding the golf cart, that we were racing the General Lee, KIT, and his favorite actual driver, Doug Riley. We usually lost the races, but had a lot of fun! Whenever he would see me at the center, he would day, "There's Marsha. Are you coming to my house?" I would answer his question and ask him what I could call him. His answer was always "Dinkusarealious." A name we made up together. His laugh was infectious and is greatly missed. RIP Adam Michael Knight Carstensen.”
- Marsha Berner
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:10 PM
“I knew Adam from my work with HCI. Adam was always so funny and a joy to be around. My prayers to all.”
- Sara Skinner
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4:26 PM
“I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I work at Opp Living and have throughly loved getting to know Adam, he will be greatly missed and I will always remember seeing him in the hallways at work and he always called me Nickel instead of my name and I would say no I'm Pennie and he would then say Hi, Quarter! He was always the best person to talk to and really liked to talk about trunks! Prayers for your family, Pennie RIP Adam my man”
- Pennie Carstens
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4:26 PM
“It broke my heart to hear the news about Adam. I know he is with the Lord Jesus now and will never suffer again. We will see him again someday. You are all in my prayers, may God be with you and give you comfort.”
- Shelly Quail
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4:26 PM
“Becky, Mike, Andy and Alex,
May the good Lord wrap his arms around you and give you peace knowing that Adam is with our Lord! Adam was a great young man. I will never forget his awesome smile and hugs on the bus growing up. My heart goes out to you. Remember that we have not lost him because we know he is in heaven and has a newness of life without any suffering and pain. Please let us know if you need anything in this time of mourning! We are praying for all of you!
Love Your Brother in Christ,
Joey Hoefling ”
- Joey Hoefling
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