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Carol F. Rust, age 93, of Watertown, SD formerly Goodwin, SD passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at Prairie Lakes Hospital. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2023, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Pastor Cheryl Rondeau-Basset will officiate. Music will be provided by A. J. Sherrill as organist and Robbyn Givens as soloist.
Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Goodwin Cemetery in rural Goodwin.
Carol Florence Dahl was born on December 23, 1929, to John and Nellie (Gardner) Dahl in rural Goodwin, SD.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Goodwin, SD. She grew up on the family farm and was the youngest of four children. Carol attended Goodwin High School graduating in 1947.
After graduation Carol worked at the Luther Hospital, Watertown, SD and Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls SD.
On January 15, 1950, Carol was united in marriage to Peter J. Rust at St. Peters Lutheran Church Goodwin, SD. Carol was a dedicated farm wife and homemaker. Together the couple raised five children on a farm nestled on the shores of beautiful Round Lake north of Goodwin, SD. During these child rearing years many valuable lifelong lessons were taught. She would often say how proud she was of each and every one of her children and grandchildren. Peter passed away in 1989.
Carol continued to live on the family farm, thoroughly enjoying the simple life. In March of 2022 she entered a health care facility.
Carol was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church, Tabea Society, Goodwin Extension Club, and VFW Auxiliary #6361.
Carol had a lifelong passion for music. She spent countless hours either playing the organ or listening to music. Some of her favorite music events were The Lawrence Welk Show, Old Time Polka, Hee Haw in South Shore, SD, Music Sunday in Revillo, and Goodwin, SD. This passion for music was passed down to her children and grandchildren.
Family was number one on Carol’s list of priorities. She was all about celebrating her loved ones. Whether it was a birthday, confirmation, graduation, wedding or anniversary party you could always count on Carol to be in attendance. She was not going to miss it. Carol always remembered and recognized people by sending a card. This practice continued right until the end of her life. Carol was smart, clever and quick witted. She loved to share a story and/or a joke. She loved and was loved with all her heart and soul.
Those left to cherish her memory children: Steven (Cheryl) Rust, Roger (Lori) Rust, Karen Powell, and Richard Rust; grandchildren: Carrie (Robert) Rust, Marty Rust, Dan (Jerica) Lemme, Nathan (Amanda) Miley, Nick (Sam) Miley, Jamie (Ben) Schultz, Lance Powell, and Cody Powell; eight great-grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren (Carol was very proud of being a great-great grandmother). Brother Curtis Dahl and sister in law Wanda Dahl.
Those greeting her in heaven: parents John and Nellie Dahl; husband Peter Rust; daughter Eileen Schoenwetter; grandchildren Craig and Martha Schoenwetter and Scottie Rust; brothers Basil and Maynard Dahl; sister-in-laws Elaine Dahl and Gelaine Dahl.
Carol’s memory will remain in our hearts and will comfort our sorrow. She is not apart from us but a part of us. Blessed be her memory.