Carol Vilhauer

Carol Vilhauer


May 17, 1955 - January 27, 2024


Carol Vilhauer, 68, of Mitchell, SD, died peacefully under hospice care Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell following a long journey of health issues. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, February 2, at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a visitation one hour prior to the funeral service. Private burial will be in Parkston Protestant Cemetery in Parkston, SD.

Carol Jane Vilhauer was born May 17, 1955 in Mitchell, SD to Frederick and Thelma (Tilberg) Erpenbach. She grew up in Mitchell along with her four brothers, Jim, Chuck, Dean, and Steve. After graduating from high school at Mitchell High School in 1973, Carol married Dennis Vearrier. They had four children and moved around the country briefly before settling back in Mitchell. Carol became a single parent in 1990 and enjoyed living near her mother, Thelma, to help raise her children. Carol was a wonderful mother. She found love again when she met David Vilhauer. They dated for several years, then married on August 2, 2003.

She enjoyed traveling and visited California, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and the Black Hills area many times.  She had a tremendous dedication to everyone she loved, worked multiple jobs at times, and enjoyed her lifelong dream of owning her own store, Just a Dollar. She enjoyed visits and conversations with family and friends and always gave more than she received. She enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, crafts, and finding antique treasures. She lived with a full cup of blessings, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

She is survived by her four children: Scott (Kim) Vearrier of Mitchell, Tracy Vearrier of Bismarck, ND, Jennifer Weaver of Mitchell, and Sarah (Jason) Meusburger of Buffalo, MN; 12 grandchildren: Bailey Vearrier, Alexia Vearrier, Cayden Weaver, Devon Weaver, Tyler Mathern, Ava Vearrier, Lily Vearrier, Gabe Meusburger, Ellie Meusburger, Samuel Meusburger, Mikala Wendel, and Cortney Wendel; two great-grandchildren: McKenzie and Dawson Wendel; two step-children: Michelle Vilhauer of Sioux Falls and Jennifer (Steve) Lees of Jamestown, PA; five step-grandchildren: Taryn Harvey, Erica Vilhauer, Hunter Lees, and Brooke Lees; four step-great grandchildren; two brothers: Chuck (Val) Erpenbach of Lake Saint Louis, MO and Steve (Michelle) Erpenbach of Sioux Falls, SD; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Vilhauer; her parents, Thelma and Fred Erpenbach; two brothers, Dean Erpenbach and James Erpenbach; and granddaughter, Paige Vearrier.


Friday, February 2, 2024
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, February 2, 2024
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Parkston Protestant Cemetery
Parkston, SD

Posted by Lynn and Ronda Barta on February 3, 2024
We are very sorry to hear about Carol... she was a pleasure to work with at Randall Foods....Take care of each other Sarah and Jen....Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family....
Posted by Wes and Sherry Pierson on February 2, 2024
Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family of Carol. She will always be remembered for working hard, having a great business sense. She loved her family and was a very good friend. Sending our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Linda Aldrich on February 1, 2024
Such a good soul. RIP, Carol.
Posted by Tyler & Shelley Meusburger on January 31, 2024
Sending our condolences and thinking of you all! Hoping you hold tight to your memories and your love for her- and never forget how much she loves you. ❤️
Posted by Chris and Lisa Pierson on January 31, 2024
Tracy, Scott, Jenn, and Sarah, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families throughout this difficult time. Our hearts are never ready for the grief, but we can take solace in the hope that we will meet Carol again in heaven.
Posted by Debra Emme on January 31, 2024
I will miss Carol & our chats at Just a Follar & encouraging me to keep going in leafing whatever form of youth organization I was leading, whether it was girl or boy scouts or 4h! She was a remarkable woman & I will never forget the friendship I had with her!
Posted by Lynn Metcalf on January 31, 2024
Chuck and Val-so sorry to see the loss of Chucks sister. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Rick Agnitsch on January 31, 2024
Chuck and Val, so sorry for your loss! I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers! God Bles!
Posted by Kelly Gross on January 31, 2024
I sure enjoyed Carol as an insurance client. I will miss our visits. She always made me smile.
Posted by Janice & Doug Johnson on January 31, 2024
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! God's peace!
Posted by Candy on January 31, 2024
So sorry for your loss! She was a great lady. I will remember her fondly.
Posted by Mary Freeman on January 30, 2024
My sincere sympathy to the Vilhauer family. My Dad had so many wonderful memories spending time with the Erpenbach family.
Posted by SHERRY Schuldt on January 30, 2024
So sorry for your loss, My thoughts and prays are with you,
Posted by Aaron Barta on January 30, 2024
Sarah and Jen,

Very sad to hear of your mom's passing. Dad and I talked about her on Sunday. It was a pleasure working with her at Randall's. She helped show me the ropes as it was my first gig and taught me how to bag properly. It always had to be eggs and bread in paper ONLY as she reminded me. The customers loved her attention to detail with their orders and she was never wrong about those bagging techniques. She would even say, Aaron put that in the cart first so you don't smash the customers stuff.

I'll never forget her always gestering for me to come to her lane with her finger and she stated frequently....Aaron you bag here and told the other baggers to go away. She said I was the only one who could bag and she dreaded it when I wasn't there. When I got promoted to a cashier she said, and I quote "Oh , great now I have to teach someone new how to bag and they won't listen and will screw it up." Your mom was hilarious and it was such a fun memory that family and I laughed at that I forgotten about until I heard the news. May you all be surrounded by great memories of Carol. It truly was a pleasure getting to know her at Randalls. My thoughts are with you all during this sad time.
Posted by Barb Dulaney on January 30, 2024
So sorry for your loss. She will be missed I worked with her at the dollar store. May God bless you all take care
Posted by Barb Dulaney on January 30, 2024
So sorry for your loss. She will be missed I worked with her at the dollar store. May God bless you all take care
Posted by Dave Strohmayer on January 30, 2024
So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed visiting with Carol at the Store and other places. My condolences to the family. Carol will be missed.
Posted by Kim Vearrier on January 30, 2024
My mother in law was the best. She will be missed so much but is now no longer suffering ♡
Posted by Lorna Sonne on January 30, 2024
So sorry for your loss of your Mom, always enjoyed visiting with her.
Posted by Vicky hohn on January 29, 2024
So sorry for your loss she was a good mom
Posted by Ann Miller on January 29, 2024
So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. She was a wonderful person. I enjoyed working with her. 🙏🙏🙏
Posted by Diane Moke on January 29, 2024
So sorry to hear of Carol's death. Love and prayers for all of you.
Posted by Mary Stadlman on January 29, 2024
I am so very sorry to read that your mom , Carol has passed. I just thought of her the other day, I used to come in the store and visit with her, always enjoy those visits so much. She was a great lady. I pray God keeps you all in His Love and care through this sad time. I was blessed to know her.
Posted by Charlie and Darlene Bailey on January 29, 2024
Sorry to hear about Carol's passing Rest on Peace
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