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Funeral arrangements set for Lakewood man who died while kayaking on Crystal Lake

Gregory M. Carlstedt, 36, of Lakewood | Photo Source: Davenport Family Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements have been set for a 36-year-old Lakewood man who was found dead floating face down on Crystal Lake Thursday afternoon.

Gregory M. Carlstedt, 36, of Lakewood, was found by emergency responders floating face down on Crystal Lake around 12:31 p.m. Thursday.

The Lakewood Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded to the call of a possible drowning victim in the lake near the 1300 block of South Shore Drive, which is on the south end of Crystal Lake.

Carlstedt was found just off the shoreline, Lakewood police and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office said. Paramedics attempted lifesaving efforts and transported the man to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Northwest Herald reported the man had been kayaking just before he was found in the water, about five feet from the shore. Police believe the man drowned but said the investigation is still ongoing.

Police conduct an investigation after Gregory M. Carlstedt, 36, of Lakewood, was found floating face down in the water on Crystal Lake Thursday | Photo by Alex Vucha.

Carlstedt graduated from Marian Central High School in Woodstock and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, according to his obituary.

He went on to receive a master’s degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Carlstedt worked for Northern Trust and then went into the tech industry at CDW.

After his sister suffered a stroke, he decided to help people by entering the health profession and educating himself as a school psychologist, his obituary said.

Carlstedt’s hobbies consisted of hockey, golf, tennis, cycling, hiking and fishing. He moved to Colorado where he worked at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs and then later moved to Boulder to work at other schools.

Due to health issues, he returned home to Lakewood and worked part-time with children with autism. He also helped his sister Kristen recover from her stroke and was able to help other stroke survivors, his obituary said.

A memorial visitation will be on Friday from 11 a.m. until the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 East Terra Cotta Avenue in Crystal Lake.


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