Carol A. Casper

Carol A. Casper

April 10, 1936 – April 19, 2023

MEMORIAL SERVICE Wednesday, April 26th at 11am at the West Center Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society and MSK Cancer Center. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


Carol Ann Casper passed away on April 19, 2023, from colon cancer. She was born in Los Angeles, California on April 10, 1936.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard (Dick) Casper. She is survived by her daughter Teresa Gilster and son-in-law Dan Gilster, daughter Lori Bailey-Kelly and son-in-law Tom Kelly, sister Linda Maeser, grandchildren Austin Bailey and Connor Bailey.

Carol was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.   She married her husband Dick Casper in 1955 in California. She had two daughters, Teresa and Lori. In 1971, the family moved from southern California to Omaha, NE to open an International House of Pancakes restaurant. After selling that business years later, Carol opened a craft shop called the Village Peddler at 76th and Pacific in Omaha. She was so talented, and her craft store was very popular. After selling that business, she got involved in the weight loss industry. She opened the first Diet Center in Omaha. She grew that business and eventually had 4 locations in Omaha. In 1989, her husband passed away and she made the decision to sell the business.

She started an entirely new career working for a company called DTN in Omaha in 1992. She excelled at sales and loved what she did. Besides working at DTN, she worked part-time for Younkers selling Clinique cosmetics.   In 2011, she was diagnosed with Uterine cancer. She went through chemo and radiation. She successfully fought the cancer and worked the entire time going through her treatments. In 2016, she retired from DTN, but continued to work part-time. When Younkers closed, she went to work for Dillard’s at Oakview Mall. She continued to work part-time at Dillard’s selling Clinique cosmetics until she was diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2022.

Carol loved helping others, shopping, decorating, going to movies, and traveling. She loved spending time with her family and friends.



  • Phyllis Kelly Parks McGonigal Posted April 23, 2023 7:08 am

    My deepest love and respects to you. She was a wonderful lady!

  • Diana L Honeycutt Posted April 23, 2023 7:44 am

    My thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends . Carol was such a beautiful soul , an amazing friend and I will miss here dearly 😥🙏😥

  • Helen Snowdon Posted April 23, 2023 8:03 am

    Teresa and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Carol was always so kind and thoughtful. A beautiful lady inside and out. Sending hugs.

  • Steve Pleiss Posted April 23, 2023 8:30 am

    Theresa, Dan and family: Carol was such a joy to work with during my time at DTN and a good friend. Keeping your family in prayers during this difficult time.

  • KATIE BRODERSEN Posted April 23, 2023 8:40 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this! I always loved working with Carol. She’d walk by me and scratch my back a little and always gave me a sense of motherly love. She was the best.

  • Kathy Wilson Posted April 23, 2023 9:18 am

    I had the privilege of working with Carol at Younkers. She always had a smile on her face and I loved her enthusiasm for life.
    My sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Laurie (Kneip) Marsh Posted April 23, 2023 11:07 am

    Teresa, I’m so sorry for your loss. Carol was an amazing person. She was so very kind and talented and I was lucky to call her a friend. Our time together at DTN is still cherished to this day! She made all of my beautiful pew bows and helped me with my Clinique make-up for my wedding, and co-hosted my baby shower so many years ago! I can still hear her laugh and heaven sure gained a fun angel! My love to you, Dan and your family.

  • Rai Owen Posted April 23, 2023 12:15 pm

    Carol had a unique ability of touching everyone she met with her beautiful smile, kind words and funny charisma. She was known as “mama Casper”, everyone’s mom! She looked out for us all, and was so gentle and genuine in every day, and is sorely missed! Teresa and family, take comfort in knowing that Carol’s life left a positive mark on so many people! Although it won’t ease your pain, her life was full.

  • Kusum Bhalla Posted April 23, 2023 10:29 pm

    Carol was amazing person with smile on her face all the time.So sweet person.May she rest in peace.May almighty give courage to bear the loss.

  • Tammy Schwager Posted April 24, 2023 7:13 am

    Just sending hugs and love to you all. Blessed to have known Carol.

  • Beverly Defnall Posted April 25, 2023 8:00 am

    Carol was an old, dear friend. She always had a way of brightening the day. RIP sweet Carol.

  • Greg Maeser Posted April 25, 2023 9:13 am

    I’m so sorry. She is now without pain and in a better place. I will miss that “cackle “ laugh of hers. She lit up every where she went with it.

  • Larry Gerding Posted April 25, 2023 11:40 am

    Carol is missed. A great lady to know and work with.

  • Deborah and David Posted April 25, 2023 11:41 am

    May precious memories bring peace and comfort to you both David and I have you on our thoughts and prayers.

  • Beverly and Clifford aka Ducky Hobbs Posted April 26, 2023 8:45 am

    My friend, My family. No words can express the loss that I feel. Over 20 years of friendship will live forever in our hearts.

  • Brett Schwasinger Posted April 26, 2023 9:55 am

    We are very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Brett & Renae Schwasinger

  • virginia Becker Posted April 26, 2023 11:09 am

    I worked for Carol and Dick running the diet centers She was amazing I loved both of them! You are in my prayers To live in the hearts of others is never to die Ginny

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