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Dr. Donald J. "DJ" Carrels

October 1, 1923 ~ February 15, 2017 (age 93)
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Message from Jane Brandly Jangula
February 16, 2017 11:05 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the Dr's passing. I went to D. J. from a small child until his retirement. I so enjoyed him and came to love him (of this he did not know)! What a wonderful loving gentleman he was! He will now be watching over his family from heaven! I will pray from him and for all of his family! May God Bless you all!
Message from Peter Schmidt
February 16, 2017 11:39 AM

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of the beloved Dr. Carrels. It was an honor to have known such a great person. I will always remember his deep commitment to his craft of dentistry, his passion was contagious. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.
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A candle was lit by Darlys Feickert on February 16, 2017 1:27 PM
Message from Darlys Feickert
February 16, 2017 1:32 PM

It saddens me to hear of the death of Dr. D.J. Carrels. I enjoyed working for him for many years. He was a fair man and a great dentist. He was a devoted dentist. I will be praying for you Marilyn and your family. This is indeed a very sad time. God bless you.
Message from Jim Abbott
February 16, 2017 7:27 PM

My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Your husband/father was a special man who always was so kind and welcoming to me. On behalf of his beloved Wabasha we wish him eternal rest and peace. God bless you all. Sincerely, Jim Abbott
Message from Peter Carrels
February 17, 2017 6:38 PM

Thanks for the note, Jim. How could I forget you and my dad dancing together at my wedding party!
Message from Mark Kervin
February 17, 2017 8:12 AM

He is whistling in heaven
Message from Peter Carrels
February 17, 2017 6:37 PM

Whistling! My dad was quite the whistler, and in his office, while he worked, he whistled like a song bird!! No one could whistle a Marty Robbins tune like my dad! Thanks, Mark, for remembering his whistling.
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A Spathiphyllum was ordered on February 17, 2017

Message from Claudia & Jerry Richards
February 17, 2017 9:54 AM

I'm going to miss you as my favorite golfing partner here in Sun Lakes, AZ. We had good times talking about our life in Aberdeen. Looking forward to the day when we meet again. Goodbye good friend.
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A Dish Garden with Fresh Flowers was ordered on February 17, 2017

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A The Color of Memories Table Arrangement was ordered on February 17, 2017

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A candle was lit by Dawnelle Martin on February 18, 2017 12:28 PM
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A candle was lit by Dawnelle Martin on February 18, 2017 12:28 PM
Message from Dawnelle Martin
February 18, 2017 12:30 PM

My deepest condolences to Mike and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ❤️🙏🏼
Message from Tom & Katie Muench
February 18, 2017 3:35 PM

Have fond past memories of Don & Family, Sorry for your loss.

Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Message from Sharon Dalton
February 18, 2017 4:00 PM

Thinking of you and praying for your comfort and peace.
Message from Melody Sampson Ness
February 18, 2017 5:57 PM

Dr. C. was my dentist from childhood until I finished college and left SD. When cavities were small, he didn't insist on novacaine for people who were "afraid of the needle."
He would say, "Well, let's get started and if something hurts just raise your hand and I'll stop." I don't think I ever raised my hand, but it was comforting to know he gave me the option.
Message from Peter Carrels
February 19, 2017 7:57 AM

What a great father, grandfather, brother, son, and humanitarian. Although so far away, I will always cherish the time spent at your folk's home, Grandma Marie's at Christmas, our canoe trip, time spent at Muench's Resort, and his visit to our home in Indianapolis. I only wish we were closer in proximity to become even closer. Much love, affection and prayers to all of you!! Love, Peter
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A candle was lit by Peter Carrels on February 19, 2017 7:57 AM
Message from Steve Jones/outside Corvallis, OR
February 19, 2017 12:39 PM

A great family and a wonderful father.... a true representative of the "greatest generation." Don always encouraged me. I remember taking my bicycle back to a class reunion. I happened to run into Don and Marilyn on Lilac Lane cleaning up fallen branches after a storm. I was invited in for a wonderful lunch and visit. I also recall when I avoided novocaine to save a few $$$ and Dr. Carrels managed to still be gentle with a stubborn old mule. Blessings to all (Pete/Susan), and a life well lived. Steve, Oregon
Message from Bob & Roberta Rohl
February 19, 2017 2:58 PM

Don was my favorite lilac lane neighbor. He always was around to visit and had wonderful stories & advice. He will be missed by many.
We will include Don in our prayers.

Deepest sympathies
Bob & Roberta
Message from Sr. Mary Lou Geraets
February 19, 2017 8:57 PM

Dear Family of Dr. Carrels,
You have my empathy at this time of the passing of your loved one.
With prayer,
Sr. Mary Lou Geraets
Message from Jackie Sanders Cook
February 19, 2017 10:06 PM

Dear Pete and families:

Was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was truly a pillar in our community. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Deepest Sympathy,
Jackie Sanders Cook
Message from Peter Carrels
February 20, 2017 5:57 AM

What a beautiful tribute John, Pete, Suz, Thanks for the capability to observe through the website, I wish I could be there. A beautiful father, and friend to all of you!
Message from Dave Bormes
February 20, 2017 6:46 AM

It was great growing up on Lilac Lane next to the Carrels family! Dr. And Mrs. Carrels were always
Message from Stan Siegel
February 20, 2017 8:28 AM

Dear Marilyn and family, I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. He was a wonderful man blessed with life's best qualities – kindness, strength, humility, and generosity. I couldn't have had more respect and affection for a man and his family than I did for Don and all of you. He was just a hell of a guy! The last time I saw Don was at Gordie Bell's memorial at Prairiewood. We had such a nice visit and shared some old stories and laughs with that twinkle in his eye as bright as ever. We Siegels were so fortunate to not only have Don as our family dentist, but also as our next-door neighbor and friend. None better. Again, my heartfelt sympathies to all of you wonderful Carrels. We Siegels all loved Don, and we love you too.
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A candle was lit by Juan and carmen chavier on February 20, 2017 11:55 AM
Message from Carol Torgerson
February 20, 2017 11:56 AM

My heart goes out to all the family. Such fond memories of visiting in Aberdeen and in Arizona with my sister. Wish I could of made it to the services . He was a wonderful brother to my mom! Love to you all, Carol T.
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A candle was lit by Linda and Harvey Aman on February 20, 2017 12:05 PM
Message from Tom Weber
February 20, 2017 1:49 PM

My sincerest condolences to the entire Carrels family. Dr. is in my thoughts and prayers.
Message from Tracy Tompkins Berg
February 21, 2017 12:04 AM

Dr. Carrels was my dentist growing up. In 1981 after a basketball practice accident he came to the office after hours to fix my teeth and stitch up my gums. He was very calming to this scared freshman girl. My deepest condolences to your family.
Message from Judy Grant
February 21, 2017 1:25 PM

To Marilyn, and all the Carrels family, Your dad left an imprint on me from the time Sue and I were in high school and college. His kindness and his life model what we can all aspire to. I love you all and put my arms around you. Judy Grant
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A candle was lit by MARCIA AND CHUCK on February 22, 2017 12:32 PM
Message from MARCIA AND CHUCK BLUMHARDT
February 22, 2017 12:34 PM

SO VERY SORRY FOR YOR LOSS- MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND THE FAMILY
Message from Barbara Perry
March 1, 2017 1:52 PM

Dear Marilyn & family. You have my sincere sympathy.
I remember Don so well when you visited with Jim & I in Wabasha so very long ago .
I will keep you in my prayers knowing how difficult it can be without your loved one.
Message from Pamela Heiser
March 10, 2017 7:08 PM

My deepest sympathy to the whole Carrels Family. DJ was a very special man. He will be deeply missed. I worked Chair side for him back in 1978 - 82. I was there when he made Sue & Tim's wedding rings. I always looked forward to my 2 page hand written Christmas card... Heaven just got another angel..
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