Carl James Lunenschloss, mineral dealer and collector, was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on April 13, 1901, the son of Anna Rieck and Frank X. Lunenschloss. Carl and his partner Dwight Weeden opened a funeral home and furniture stone in 1927. He was also a partner in the firm of Lunenschloss-Doudna, was associated with the Farmers and Mechanics Bank, was Richland County director of first aid in civilian defense in 1943, and taught classes in first aid.
He moved with his family to Phoenix in 1945, and sold his house in Wisconsin (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) in 1946. In Arizona they lived in the Biltmore Apartments. He was President of the Centroid Consolidated Mining Company, and was active in Real Estate, while still maintaining ownership of property in Wisconsin. He owned the Seventh Avenue Shopping Center, and Carl's Rock and Gem's shop at 2814 N. Seventh Avenue in Phoenix. He was an avid collector of minerals and owned a collection of over 140 antique snuff bottles. His long-time assistant in the rock shop was Florence "Sandi" Ashton, who worked behind the counter there for 20 years and purchased it when Carl died.
Carl married Virginia Esther O'Connor (an executive in the office of the Mack Truck Company) in Minneapolis in 1931 and together they had four daughters: Rita, Gertrude and Jean survived childhood; Margaret Ann (born 1934) suffered an accidental scalding incident when she was two years old (1936) but survived, and died at age 10 in 1945. Carl's daughter Rita graduated from Arizona State University in 1960 and married Duane Willhite.
Carl Lunenschloss died on October 27, 1978 in Phoenix. After his death, his widow Virginia donated some of his mineral collection to Cochise College.
Arizona Republic, January 12, 1975; October 29, 1978.
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||An aquamarine crystal from the collection of Carl Lunenschloss, donated in his honor to Cochise College, Sierra Vista, Arizona, by his wife Virginia. Roger Weller photo.|