Carol Dempster, age 84, of Lakefield, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022, at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Lakefield. FAMILY REQUESTS MASKS TO BE WORN AT THE VISITATION.
A private Celebration of Life service will be on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church in Lakefield, with Pastor Russ Steele officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Lakefield City Cemetery.
Carol Joanne Dempster, daughter of Edmund and Anna (Walter) Tschetter, was born on Monday, December 27, 1937, in Bridgewater, South Dakota. She attended and graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1955. Carol was united in marriage to Doug Dempster on June 26, 1959, in Brookings, South Dakota. They lived in Brookings while Doug was attending Pharmacy school. Upon Doug finishing school, they moved to Blue Earth for a couple of years, before moving to Lakefield, where they made their forever home. They were blessed with 5 children Kim, Michael, Lisa, Elizabeth, and Daniel. Carol was a stay-at-home mother. Once the kids got older, she went to work at the Colonial Manor as a cook/dietary aide, for 20 years. Carol retired in 2002. Carol was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she helped with the monthly newsletters, cleaning and help to setup and serve for church functions. On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, Carol was joined with her Lord and Savior, with her husband and family by her side, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the age of 84 years and 7 days.
Carol was a most kindhearted, and caring woman. She spent many years as a local Girl Scout leader and delivering meals on wheels. Carol would go above and beyond her call of duty, to help out others. She was a selfless individual, always putting others needs before her own. Carol was a great judge of character, and succeeded through life with a positive attitude, love, and gratitude for everyone. She also enjoyed going shopping and watching her favorite sports teams the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Politics were of great interest to Carol. She kept up on them daily and was always willing to carry on a conversation with others about them. Carol’s family was everything to her. She looked forward to attending the grandchildren and great grandchildren’s events, supporting them in whatever they were doing. Carol was a phenomenal cook and loved having the family over. She cherished each and every moment that she spent with her family. The memories of Carol will live on for generations.
Carol is survived by her husband Douglas of 62 years; children Kim (Timothy) Douglass of Granite Falls, Michael (Linda) Dempster of Lakefield, Lisa Koster of Lakefield, Elizabeth (Darren Rue) Cholick of Lakefield; and Pastor Daniel (Ann) Dempster of Mankato; grandchildren and great grandchildren Michael Jay (Allison) Owen and William Douglass, Thomas (Tanya Runholt) Douglass, Joseph (Kyrie’) Frances Douglass, Laura (Todd) Marcus (Lisa) and Mason Post, Jamie (Landon) Cali and Clay Cranston, Travis (Leah) Raeanna and Grady Rossow, Lindsey (Shane) Hailey and Austin Drewes, Jordan Cholick, Cassandra (Joe) Jocelyn and Arianna Janzen, and Lyle Dempster; sisters Berniece Weaver and Judy (Terry) Coonfield; in laws Janet (Hugh) Randall, and Henry Hannemann; along with numerous extended family and great friends.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents Edmund and Anna Tschetter, her brother Jerry Tschetter, sister Lilas Hannemann, and brother-in-law Larry Weaver.
Blessed be the memory of Carol Joanne Dempster.