Carol Ann Sels

November 28, 1939 ~ March 5, 2020

Carol A. Sels, 80, Sioux Falls, SD, was received into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Dougherty House, in Sioux Falls, SD.

Visitation with family present will be 5-7pm, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home, with a Prayer Service to follow.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, SD.  Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD.

Carol Ann Kasemodel was born on November 28, 1939 in Beaver Creek, Minnesota to Herman and Marie (Schmuck) Kasemodel. Carol was the tenth of eleven children having only one younger sister.  Carol attended a one room school in Beaver Creek, Minnesota and she graduated from Luverne High School, Carol met and married the love of her life, Derrick Carl Sels. The couple married on February 22, 1959, and made their home in Sioux Falls, SD.  The couple had two daughters, Diane and Audra. The couple loved doing everything together, including fishing and working in the garden. It was not considered “his” work or “her” work, it was their work together. Sadly, Derrick died in December of 1990 after a battle with cancer.

Carol was an incredibly independent woman. She was a hard worker who could work circles around almost everyone. She was considered a “ball of fire” and an incredible motivator by all who knew her. She cherished her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Carol enjoyed sharing her hospitality for her family in her home.

     Carol worked for United Parcel Services (UPS) and retired in April of 2001. She was then able to spend more time in her vegetable garden where she felt peace and tranquility. Carol had always had a garden and canned her vegetables.  Although, it was hard work pulling weeds and canning, she enjoyed being outside. She loved to watch the Cardinals, Orioles, Finches and Hummingbirds when they would visit. She could always be found in the yard mowing the lawn, even in her later years.  

    In March 2018, Carol took a bad fall and broke her hip and shoulder. She had to spend some time at a nursing home to recover. Carol took another fall in January 2019, and her health continued to decline.  

       Carol will be deeply missed by her two daughters, Diane Meyer, Sioux Falls, SD and Audra Heidelberger (Mike Newman) Lennox, SD; three grandchildren, Shannon (Tony) Ketelsen, Worthing, SD, Victoria Meyer, Sioux Falls, SD and Derrick Heidelberger, Yankton, SD; 4 great-grandchildren: Alivia, Kenley, Keira and Devon; sister, Lucille Gangestad, Hills, MN; brother, Robert Kasemodel, Escanaba, MI; brother, Albert “Gene” (Marge) Kasemodel, Renner, SD; and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

    Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Derrick; her parents, Herman and Marie (Schmuck) Kasemodel; and seven siblings, Bernice Falcosky, Leona Wallenberg, Alvin Kasemodel, Marvin Kasemodel, Marvella “Sis” Beck, Delmar Kasemodel, and Joyce Espitee.           

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  • Gail says:

    Diane I’m so sorry I can’t make it to your moms awake but I can’t make it till Thursday god will heal you and your family god bless you love you Gail niewald

  • Beverly(Chris) kloostra says:

    To the family,
    Carol and I was the best of friends while in school. She was a farm girl from Hardwick we also
    lived together when we were in High school. We each married and was raising a family. We were writing letters to each other and seeing each other at class reunion.Two Hardwick girls that was taught to work. Sad I can’t be at your service but will be there in spirit. Peace be with your

  • Phil Falcosky says:

    Diane and Audra,
    My deepest sympathies on your loss. Your mother was truly an extraordinary woman. I remember how Berniece loved to talk with her on the phone — FOR HOURS!! How many times did I rush over to her house because all we got was a busy signal only to find her laughing on the phone with Aunt Carol. Now they can talk all they want.

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