Caryl Haines Johnson Schone

Caryl Haines Johnson Schone


March 29, 1928 - April 20, 2022


Caryl Schone, 94, of White Lake, SD, died Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, April 26, at United Methodist Church in White Lake. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7:00 PM at the church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Caryl Haines Johnson Schone was the youngest of three children born to Lain and Rose (Pexa) Haines on March 29, 1928, in Mitchell, SD. Her life was forever impacted by the experiences of growing up on a small farm north of White Lake during the Great Depression. Her early education began by attending Pleasant Valley, a small country school a few miles from her home. She graduated from White Lake High School in 1946 and taught school for two years until she married her brother Orville’s, friend and hunting partner, Edgar Johnson on June 17, 1948. They made their home on the KO Ranch west of Crow Lake. They were blessed with two children, Vincent Lee, and Jerri Lynn. Edgar tragically lost his life as a result of a farm accident in 1959. Caryl’s strength and love carried her forward raising their children both at KO Ranch and in White Lake. 

On July 1, 1968, Caryl was united in marriage to Ted Schone at a ‘secret’ ceremony that turned into a surprise family celebration. Less than two years later, her faith and resolve were tested a second time when Ted died in a farm accident on March 2, 1970. Even though their life together was too short, she gained a wonderful family bond with Ted’s brother, Chuck, Gwen Schone, their five children, and his sisters, Rose Marie and Mary Lou and families.   

While nearing retirement, Caryl found a new joy in her life with Raymond Sharping and enjoyed their adventures together for the next several years. They explored most of South Dakota while attending auctions and socializing. When they were not traveling, they were supervising activities (and Caryl’s grandkids) at the Pukwana Ballroom. All too soon, Raymond passed away in the spring of 1998. 

Caryl’s career spanned many years working in the White Lake School office and later as a legal secretary for the Miller and Sebastian Law Firm. She took every opportunity she had to travel by car, bus, or plane exploring new places and visiting those she loved. She traveled from west coast to east coast, to Alaska and Europe. She was a faithful friend to her church family and had many life-long friends. They joined her in Fortnightly Club, American Legion Auxiliary, UNMC Women, and walks at the school.  

Caryl will forever be remembered for her love, wisdom, strength, faith, joy, and remarkable memory that came from living a long, full life. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and friends will always remember her warmth, smile and how she made each feel special.

She is survived by her children, Vincent (Marge) Johnson and Jerri Johnson (Bob Gripp); five grandchildren, Tammie Herrlein, Terena (Brad) Mathis, Justin (Annie) Johnson, Valorie (Andy) Dupraz, and Chelsie (Lance) Thiry; fifteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Edgar Johnson and Ted Schone; parents, Lain and Rose Haines; brother, Orville Haines; sister, Mary Schmidt; and grandson-in-law, Michael Herrlein.

Because of her love of reading, memorials will be used to fund the White Lake Library and other local services.


Monday, April 25, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

United Methodist Church
110 East Delevan
White Lake, SD 57383


Tuesday, April 26, 2022
10:30 AM
United Methodist Church
110 East Delevan
White Lake, SD 57383


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Bob Beckmann on April 27, 2022
Caryl was always so gracious, kind and comforting to me when I was sitting in the superintendent's office waiting for my discipline. My condolences to Vince, Jerri, and their families.
Posted by cheryl galp[in on April 27, 2022
I met caryl in the nursing home she was always happy and talkative my prayers to her family
Posted by Rhonda McGregor on April 26, 2022
Caryl was such a lovely, sweet lady with the brightest smile in the world. I will miss seeing her walk the hallways at the home. Her family remains in my thoughts & prayers.RIP Caryl
Posted by Nancy Whittecar Smith on April 26, 2022
Vince, Marge and family. A special star is shining a little brighter on all of you. Such a wonderful lady who will be missed by many.💖
Posted by Jerry & Diane Fastnacht on April 25, 2022
A wonderful lady, she taught me how to stack alfalfa back in 1955....our deepest sympathy to you and your families.
Posted by Laura Herrlein on April 24, 2022
Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Beth and Greg Olsen on April 24, 2022
We only met Caryl in person a handful of times, but we remember her warm smile and joyful air despite having experienced so much loss. Prayer for comfort for her entire family.
Posted by Della B and Gary Zimbelmann on April 24, 2022
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Marge Vince and family we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Tammy and Boys I heart reaches out to you as well. May God give you all strength and peace at this tough time Of deep sorrow
Posted by Stanley and Terry Sherwood on April 23, 2022
She was a wonderful loving Aunt.
Posted by Mary Ann &George Arends on April 23, 2022
Caryl was a wonderful , kind,! gracious lady .
Our deepest condolences to the family
Posted by Donna Korus on April 23, 2022
Such a very kind, beautiful lady.
Posted by Dan Cudmore, Jr on April 22, 2022
Always so smiley and friendly. White Lake will miss her.
Posted by Susan McDonald on April 22, 2022
I knew Caryl second-handedly only through her daughter Jerri. Caryl sounded like a wonderful woman, I wish I knew her. Blessings to the family.
Posted by Colleen Glissendorf on April 22, 2022
Such a special person always so positive never a bad word she will be missed our thought to you and your families!!!
Posted by Ann Mairose on April 22, 2022
Caryl was a classy lady and so much fun to be with. I always looked forward to visits with her at family gatherings and social events in WL. My sincere condolences and many prayers to the family.
Posted by Suzie Ehlers Letcher on April 22, 2022
Carol was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. Her smile always lit up a room. My sympathies to the family.
Posted by Rebecca Johnson on April 22, 2022
Caryl was such a kind lady always having a smile on her face and always a positive soul! My condolences to all of her family.
Posted by Kay Cerkvenik on April 22, 2022
Dear Aunt Caryl, I can't
tell you how much I will miss you. We had some very special talks and you always made me feel special. I will always remember how you sparkled when you smiled and/or laughed. RIP.
Posted by Gail and Robert Molkenthin family on April 22, 2022
Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with you all ,she was a sweet lady cherish all the beautiful memories she will be missed
Posted by Jeffrey Johnson on April 21, 2022
She was the most beautiful women inside and out. She will be missed tremendously
My prayers and deepest sympathy are with the family.
Posted by Vicki McCord on April 21, 2022
Beautiful soul inside and out, will miss our chats and all the advice she would give me....such wisdom she possessed, prayers to her wonderful family.
Posted by Becky Gillen on April 21, 2022
Thoughts and Prayers to all of Caryl's family! So many memories of her, she spent a lot of time with mother, and was always such a special caring person.
Posted by Showman family on April 20, 2022
Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jo Griffin on April 20, 2022
Such a beautiful lady inside and out. Treasure all your precious memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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