Carol Casperson

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Carol C. Casperson, nee Fries, 93, of Freeburg, IL, born June 23, 1929, in New Athens, IL, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 6, 2023, at Cedar Trails Senior Living, Freeburg, IL.

Carol was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1951, she married her hometown sweetheart Roald “Chick” Casperson, and they settled in Freeburg, IL. There she taught Home Economics at Freeburg High School. Together they raised their family while running their business J&C Rexall Drugs, where Carol managed the books.

Throughout her life, and into her nineties, Carol was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, where she served many important roles. A talented musician, she filled in as church organist, she served on the church council, taught Sunday school, and led bible study. Carol was active in the Women’s Guild and was the founding member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

An avid gardener, a lover of books, expert seamstress, and world traveler, Carol had a cheery disposition and was a dear friend to many. She was a wonderful mother and a woman of keen intellect and contributed greatly to her children’s interest in education and subsequent success.

Carol’s deep love for God, devotion to her faith, family and friends are an important part of her legacy. Her memory will live on in our hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Roald E. “Chick” Casperson, whom she married June 23, 1951, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, New Athens, IL; her parents, Gustav F. and Leona, nee Hentze, Fries; her daughter-in-law, Donna Casperson; and brother-in-law, Dr. Jared Isom.

She is survived by her sister, Mary F. Isom; two sons, Dr. Gerald F. (Donna) Casperson of St. Louis, MO and Dr. William R. (Terry) Casperson of Clayton, MO; a daughter, Tina C. (Michael) Delia of Lincolnshire, England; grandchildren, Mallory (Brett Jones) Casperson, Andrew (Nadia) Casperson, Sarah (Kyle Strehlau) Casperson, Lucas (Jackie) Casperson, and Sophie Delia; great grandchildren, Emma Casperson, Tennyson Jones, and Chloé Strehlau; and many nieces and nephews.

The Casperson family would like to express their gratitude to Cedar Trails Senior Living for the positive, caring environment they provided for Carol, and for their outstanding service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2023, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2023, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, with the Rev. Andrew Lovins officiating.

Burial will be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.



11 Comments on Carol Casperson

Mary (Schlesinger) Vielweber said : Guest Report Feb 26, 2023 at 1:18 AM

Jerry, Bill, and the rest of the family, So very sorry to hear of the passing your mom. Such a kind and warm-hearted lady.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Mark and Mary Ann Turner said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2023 at 8:21 AM

We are thinking of you at this special time in your life- a bittersweet moment of loss as well as a celebration of a life well lived. Her legacy of love and humility in serving others is a beautiful treasure. We wish you sweet moments of remembrance now and in the days ahead. With our love and prayers, Mark and Mary Ann Turner

  • Greenville
  • South Carolina
Kenneth Krauss said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2023 at 5:36 PM

Dear Jerry, Bill and Tina, May I offer my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. What I remember the most about both your parents is how they practiced compassion for others. Within only a few hours after my Dad’s death your Mom was at our door with a freshly-baked loaf of bread, still warm. While in grade school, on more than one occasion if I needed a little help on a science question I’d ride my bike to the drug store to ask Chick for help. I figured he was the smartest guy in town and he always stopped his work to help. These things stand out in my memory. Such good, kind people. Again, please accept my condolences.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Diana Borger-Savoia said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2023 at 6:45 PM

Dear Casperson family~~ Sending many hugs and prayers to each one of you..Your Mom was the best neighbor ever..I was sorry to hear of her passing.. Respectfully, Diana Borger-Savoia

  • Belleville
  • ILL.
Carol Brauer said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2023 at 12:45 PM

My deepest sympathy to you all. Carol was a very dear friend and will be missed. God Bless

  • Belleville
  • IL
Teresa B Huston said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2023 at 10:53 AM

So saddened to hear of Carol's passing. She was a beautiful soul and I will miss her terribly. We shared our love of crocheting. I saved a voice-mail from her and will cherish it always.

  • FL
June Benedick said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2023 at 10:02 AM

Jerry, Bill, Tina and family Sending my sympathy on the passing of your mom.

  • Swansea
  • State
Tina Gerfen said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2023 at 8:31 PM

My sincere sympathy to the Casperson family. I got to know your mom very well the last few years, and came to think of her as a good friend. I was happy to help her, and will remember her fondly.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Tom Hill said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2023 at 8:18 PM

Sorry for your loss.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
John Heiligenstein, MD said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2023 at 7:54 PM

To the Casperson Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on Carol's passing. She was such a wonderful, kind person as was Chick, her husband. I have many wonderful memories of working at J&C Rexall Drugs with a cast of characters: Hap, Irma, Judy, and my Uncle Elmer. Those were wonderful days filled with laughter, kindness and great caring. She is at peace. John H. Heiligenstein, MD

  • Indianapolis
  • IN
Janet M Thrasher said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2023 at 10:54 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I was one of her students in Home Economics and loved her dearly. She lived close to me here on Washington St and when i was in a nursing home with a broken pelvic she came to see me and when i came home one day she knocked on the door with my dinner, that was just the kind of person she was. So caring and loving. We will all miss her terribly. I know you all must be so proud of the person she was...

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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