Carol ‘Punkie” Caswell

August 29, 1937 - October 29, 2013

Service: Graveside service at Forest Hill Cemetery is Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at 10 AM

Carol ‘Punkie’ Caswell, age 76, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA.  Grave side services will be at 10 AM Friday, Nov.1, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, SD.  Family will greet visitors at a gathering at Canton Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall following the burial. 

 Carol was born August 29, 1937 in Canton, SD to Clifford and Florence (Wallquist) Minor.  She graduated Canton High School in 1955.  She married Loren “Tip” Caswell on August 31, 1956 in Canton, SD.  Loren died in 1996.   She had lived in Canton, Bloomington, MN, Sioux Falls for 30 years, Henderson, NV for 2 years, and moved back to Canton in 2007.  She retired from Shipley’s after 27 ½ years.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed walking, and knitting for causes. 

 Grateful for having shared her life are her sons, Scott (Laure) St. Louis, MO  and Greg (Kay) Canton, SD; brother, Larry (Carol) Minor, Canton, SD;  4 grandchildren- Eric, Anna,  Paula, and Jason; and 7 great-grandchildren- Alicia, Tyler, Lillie, Zachary, Abby, Caswell, and Bridget; and one great-great-granddaughter, La’Miya.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, step-father-Maurice, and brother- Gary.

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  1. Pat Helgeland on October 30, 2013 said:

    I am so sorry to hear that Carol died. Greg, Kay, Scott & Laure your Mom was a great friend to so many people. I can still see that great smile and laugh. Unfortunately I will be unable to come to Canton on Friday to help celebrate her life. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. Scott Caswell on November 3, 2013 said:

      Thank you very much, Pat. I know Mom really enjoyed having you as a friend.

  2. Terry Bellonger on October 30, 2013 said:

    Family and Friends of Carol,
    It’s been many years..but I believe Carol was a Waitress, for a while, at my Grandmother’s 24/7 cafe…the Dal-Ray. If that is so…I had a schoolmate that was a close relative/friend of her’s..Janice Bakke. If I am in error…no matter. Carol is still a sister in Christ. Comfort one another and cherish your memories of her…til you meet again..Beyond the Sunset.

    1. Scott Caswell on November 3, 2013 said:

      Thank you, Terry.

  3. Kim LaGrand-Moorehead on October 30, 2013 said:

    My prayers and sympathy go out to you and your family at this time. I pray that God will comfort you all during these days and give you peace that surpasses all understanding. Your mom is now an Angel that is able to watch over each of you.
    May God continue to bless and keep you!

  4. John Hansen on October 30, 2013 said:


    So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful woman.

    Take care, John.

    1. Scott Caswell on November 3, 2013 said:

      Thank you, John.

  5. Jim Garrott on October 30, 2013 said:


    I lost my Dad a little over a year ago at the same age. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. As tough as it is right now, you will have wonderful memories to keep you ogin.


  6. Joanie Anderson on October 30, 2013 said:

    My Sympathy to all of Carol’s family. I use to work in the downtown Sioux Falls and always took my cleaning to Shipley’s and I was always greeted with a warm smile and addressed by my first name. She knew everyone that walked through the door and it was always fun to chat with her. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren and would share a story or two of her wonderful family. When she retired it wasn’t the same dropping off cleaning as I didn’t get to see the ray of sunshine that so brightly shined at Shipley’s. It was an honor and a pleasure to know her and I know how much you will miss her.

    1. Scott Caswell on November 3, 2013 said:

      Thank you Joanie.
      Pastor read your message at the service on Friday.

  7. Donna Roti on October 31, 2013 said:

    Punkie is finally at rest and not struggling to breathe……..What a hard, long fight…….

    Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the services but so happy I was able to see her a few times over the past couple of months…….She was a great friend and we go back a long way…….highschool…….weddings……coffees when our kids were small and last, but not least, over the years kept a birthday club of a select few who got together periodically…..We will miss her smiles and all the fun times…

    You have my deepest sympathies……

    1. Scott Caswell on November 3, 2013 said:

      You and Mom have been great friends for a long time. Thank you, Donna.

  8. Joel Eiesland on November 1, 2013 said:

    Greg, Scott and Families:

    My thoughts and prayers to you and your families! Thinking of you in this difficult time. Joel Eiesland and Family, Brandon, SD

    1. Scott Caswell on November 3, 2013 said:

      Thank you for thinking of us, Joel.

  9. Kathy Zemke on November 2, 2013 said:

    Sorry for your loss she was a very special lady. I worked with her at Shipley”s Laundry from 1983 till her retirement. She will be greatly missed. She is at peace with God.

  10. nancy veenis on November 6, 2013 said:

    I remember being neighbors with you and the good times we had,sorry for your your loss Nancy Veenis

  11. Margaret (Veenis) Chambers on November 6, 2013 said:

    I will really miss Punkie. We have been friends since 3rd grade. I will miss the birthday cards and the Christmas cards we have exchanged every year. She was a wonderful friend. We have great memories together.
    God bless your family in their sorrow. Margaret(Veenis) Chambers & Cecil Chambers

  12. Waiva Reimers on November 8, 2013 said:

    I remember Punkie when she was about 3 years old . I was probabley 11 , I would go over and ask Florence if I could take her to park or down town, She was so darn cute with her long black curls, I would tell everyone she was my little sister. She was such a sweet little girl. She was sweet and funny after she grew up, too. Just saying…..