Carol Ann <I>Tongen</I> Engesser

Carol Ann Tongen Engesser

Canby, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, USA
Death 23 Apr 2009 (aged 67)
Gary, Deuel County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Gary, Deuel County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 87027282 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Carol Engesser
A Mass of Christian Burial for Carol Engesser, age 67, of Gary, SD will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Gary, SD. Fr. Brian Simon will celebrate. Carol passed away at her home on Thursday, April 23, 2009.
Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Gary, SD. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Good Shepherd Hospice in Hendricks, MN. Active pallbearers will be: Dustin Meyen, Alicia Meyen, Darren Engesser, Jake Radicia, Gretchen McLaughlin and John McLaughlin. Music will be provided by Jane Stoks, organist and Bruce Melby, soloist.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. with Rosary to follow on Monday, April 27, 2009 in St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gary. The visitation will resume Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Carol Ann (Tongen) Engesser was born October 20, 1941 to LaVern and Ellen (Kopperud) Tongen in Canby, MN. She grew up in the Canby, MN area and attended country school and the Canby Public School. Following school, she moved to Sioux Falls, SD and then to Gary, SD.
On February 13, 1965, she was united in marriage to Thorval Thomas Engesser in Tracy, MN. The couple lived north of Gary until moving into Gary where she raised her children until going to work with her mother at St. Leo Farmer's Mutual Insurance in Canby, MN. Carol worked there until her mother's retirement. She then began work at Mareitta Insurance in Marietta, MN. Carol returned to school in 1991 and obtained her GED and a Cosmetology license. She worked at the JC Penney Salon in Watertown, SD until Thorval's accident in May of 1996. From that point, Carol's work and passion became caring for her paralyzed husband. She was a dedicated caregiver for Thorval until his death on May 10, 2008.
Carol was an active member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gary, SD. She was also a member of Peden-Cole Post #109 Women's Auxiliary in Gary, SD. Carol was an EMT and served on the Gary school board. She enjoyed visiting with people especially if it involved a cup of coffee, playing cards and gardening. She delighted in her grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sporting events.
She is lovingly remembered by her five children: Darwyn Engesser, ArLoa (Harold) Meyen, Jeff (Jodie) Engesser, all of Gary, SD, Roxy (Scott) Radicia, Omaha, NE and Naomi (Al) McLaughlin, Tea, SD; 11 grandchildren: Bobbi Jo Benz, Dustin Meyen, Alicia Meyen, Darren Engesser, Jake, Brooke, Ben and Rachel Radicia, Gretchen, John and Sam McLaughlin; one great-grandchild, Levi Moeller; two brothers: Lee (Lori) Tongen, Lakewood Ranch, FL, Jerry Tongen, Lakeville, MN and one step-brother, Roger (Marjie) Grewe, Hopkins, MN and many nieces and nephews.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Thorval "Rocky", a son Thomas Jeffrey Engesser; and her parents.
Blessed be her memory.

Houseman Funeral Home

Family Members


Sponsored by Ancestry


Plan a visit to Grandview Cemetery?



  • Created by: Roger Baer
  • Added: 19 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 87027282
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Carol Ann Tongen Engesser (20 Oct 1941–23 Apr 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 87027282, citing Grandview Cemetery, Gary, Deuel County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Roger Baer (contributor 46848553) .