Carolyn Winckler was born on June 20, 1941 to Carl and Winifred (Wharton) McFarland in Yankton, South Dakota. She spent her childhood on a farm near Gayville until the family moved into Yankton in 1949. She graduated from Yankton High School and went on to attend Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. For a time, she worked at Human Services Center in Yankton which is where she met her future husband, Karl Winckler. On June 11, 1961, they were united in marriage and blessed with seven children. She went on to work as a caretaker at Mickelson Nursing Home in Yankton. In the fall of 1975, they made their home in Tyndall. She began to work at the Academy in Springfield and was well respected by the children and her coworkers.

Carolyn never stopped caring for and helping her children and grandchildren. She was very softhearted and selfless. She was quick to cry out of joy and shared an abundance of love with her family. She was affectionately called "GG" by her great-grandchildren. Carolyn cherished the holidays and the large family gatherings that go with them. Her family always looked forward to and enjoyed her McFarland casserole.

Carolyn passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2019 at St. Michael’s Hospital Avera in Tyndall having attained the age of 78 years, 2 months, and 14 days.

She is survived, remembered, and loved by her children: Karl (Mary Ann) Winckler, Jr. of Tyndall, Karla (Mark) Schelske of Parkston, Tom (Lisa) Winckler of Oakland, NE, Mary Olson of Tyndall, Thabatha Slowey of Tyndall, Martha Winckler of Tyndall, and Nathan (Megan) Winckler of Springfield; grandchildren: Jason, Dana, Andy, Sara, Shelby (Zain), Ashley, Meagan, Michael (Abby), Samantha (Nate), Karen, Jacob, Jeremy, Kelsey, Daine, Brandon, Logan, Danica, Gary, Denise, Mila, and Iain; and great-grandchildren: Makinzy, Addisyn, Harper, August, and Sterling.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a sister, two brothers, a grandson, and a granddaughter.

This obituary was written by Goglin Funeral Home on behalf of the family.

Memorial services will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 6, at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield with Rev. Cody Raak officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Tyndall Cemetery with her grandchildren serving as honorary urnbearers.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, September 5, at Goglin Funeral Home in Tyndall.

Arrangements have been entrusted by Goglin Funeral Home of Tyndall. Online condolences may be sent at

Yankton Press & Dakotan

September 5, 2019