Barbara J. Carston, age 87, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at her home. She was the widow of Thomas Carston. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. Rev. Paul Janke will officiate. Music will be provided by Rachel Wendler as organist with congregational singing. The family is requested to meet at the church by 1:30 p.m. for a family prayer service.
Visitation will be at the church on Saturday, prior to the service, starting at 1:00 p.m.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Barbara’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and Prairie Lakes Hospice. Active pallbearers are: Bob Poor, Nick Poor, Andy Auseth, Randall Weber, Brett Mischke, Trevor Mischke and Mason Auseth.
Barbara was born on September 27, 1932, to Elroy and Laura (Dorsett) Fischer, in Milbank, SD. After attending school in Milbank, Barbara was united in marriage to Thomas Carston on June 16, 1950. She was a homemaker and worked as an aide at Memorial Hospital for a time. Barbara was a lifelong member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, word searches and watching Jeopardy. Barbara enjoyed going for rides and getting ice cream and working in her garden. Family was especially important to her.
Barbara is survived by her children, Peggy (Lowell) Poor, Tim (Joyce) Carston and Cindy (Roger) Helmbolt, all of Watertown, SD; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry (Linda) Fischer of Pierre, SD and Lenny (Cathy) Fischer of Apple Valley, MN; one sister, Sandy (Gary) Haider of Mason City, IA; one sister-in-law, Cheryl Fischer-Sieverson of Labolt, SD and one brother-in-law, Wally Brownlee of Watertown, SD.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Tom, Jr; her parents; her step-father, Charles Paterson; two brothers, Roy Fischer and Warren and his wife, Marilyn Fischer, and two sisters, Peggy Fischer and Shirley Brownlee.