Chikako (Chiko) Carsrud

December 6, 1952 ~ January 10, 2020

Chiko Carsrud, 67, Canton, SD, died Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Sanford USD Medical Center, after a short illness.

Visitation will be 5~7pm, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1pm, Wednesday, January 15 also at Heartland Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Swedona Covenant Church Cemetery.

Chikako Komino was born December 6, 1952 in Okinawa, Japan to Seijin and Setsuko Komino. She was raised and attended school in Okinawa. She worked at various jobs in Okinawa before she met and married LeRoy Carsrud, who was stationed there during the Vietnam War. They married on April 27, 1971. Because of her husband’s military career, they moved quite a bit throughout the United States and Guam. Chiko didn’t work at all during this time. During the mid ‘90’s they moved back to the Brandon/Sioux Falls area before settling in Canton, where she resided until her death. The couple had two boys, Dana and Aaron.

Chiko loved gardening. She even had a Japanese Garden in California. She loved sewing, watching TV, crafting, making food and goodies, always bringing people at church gifts of something that she made. She was a member of the Swedona Covenant Church.

She was a very gentle and giving person. She was always concerned that people didn’t feel left out and she was always interested in learning. She was often inspired in learning the cultural differences in the United States and often taught herself by reading books.

Chiko is survived by her two children, Dana Carsrud, Purcellville, VA and Aaron (Glenda) Carsrud, Watertown, SD; one granddaughter, Kristen; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Rich) Erickson, Brandon; four siblings, Hitoshi, Kiko, Kotoko, Tetsu, all of Okinawa, Japan; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy; her parents.

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