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    Wessington, S.D. - Carolynn Casavan, age 79, of Wessington, S.D.,    died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Center in Miller, South Dakota, after an extended illness.
    Funeral services were held  Monday, March 19 at the Wessington Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at the Holt Cemetery on Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m.     Carolynn was born on July 27, 1932 to Clayton and Gunda (Madsen) Thompson in Thief River Falls. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at Rindal Lutheran Church. She received her education in Thief River Falls schools. She married Bernard (Tom) Casavan and lived in Minnesota and New York before moving to Wessington in 1962.
    She was an active member of the Wessington Community; operating the concession stand for over 25 years, and holding office for numerous community organizations for many years. She loved family camping trips, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, ceramics, flower and vegetable gardens, and canning for her relatives and friends.
    Her fondest memories included her children and grandchildren’s school activities and many sporting events; most of them traveling in the RV with quite a few extras. One highlight was her grandson Joseph winning the State B football championship. The Habitat for Humanity Build at Cheyenne Eagle Butte Reservation with her friend Rita Matthews was also a high point. They worked with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife building 30 homes in one week.
    She is survived by her husband Tom; five children, Jerry (Andie) Casavan, Indianapolis, Duane (Peggy) Casavan, Stickney, Thomas Casavan, Grasston, Carol Rowen, Wessington, and Kae (Jeff) Larus Rapid City; fifteen grandchildren, Jamie, Kim and Josh, Joe, Brigitte and Amanda, Tommy, Elise and Ryan, Callie Jo, Betsy and Kayti, Jessy and Tabitha; several great-grandchildren; brothers, Clayton,  Harold (Verna) Thompson, brother-in-law William Robson; sister Elaine (Bruce) Thorstenson; sister-in-law, Clare Thompson.
    Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, David; three brothers, Adrian (Abe), Erling, and Orrin; and two sisters, Joan Robson and Gloria Jean.
     Rembold Funeral Home of St. Lawrence has been entrusted with Carolynn’s arrangements. Friends and family may sign Carolynn’s online register at www.remboldfuneralhome.com.