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Agnes Kaasa, 1925-2017

Agnes E. Kaasa, 91, of Chippewa Falls, formerly of Minneapolis, died Friday, May 19, 2017, at Rutledge Home Assisted Living in Chippewa Falls.

She was born Oct. 23, 1925, in Albert Lea to Anna (Frantz) and Ole J. Anderson.

On March 25, 1944, Agnes married Robert Kaasa.

Agnes Kaasa

Being one of the first women lay pastors of her time, Agnes worked as an associate pastor for the ELCA, first at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, then at Holy Triune and at Nativity Lutheran, where she served in the children’s ministry.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy (Glenn) Stettler, of Chippewa Falls; a son, Rob (Teri) Kaasa, of Shoreview; two sisters, Valborg Johnson of Richfield and Esther Williamschen of Apple Valley; six grandchildren, Chris Edmondson, Kelly (Mark) Edmondson, Corissa (Quinn) Wolniak, Tanya (Craig) Anderson, Dan (Kari) Stettler and Diane Flaherty; 10 great-grandchildren, Emily and Jake Edmondson, Aidan and Owen Wolniak, Eli and Simon Anderson, Mackensie and Lily Stettler, and Erin and Ryan Flaherty; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Helene Zerrien and Selma “Sally” Johnson; and five brothers, Emil in infancy, Norman, Ole, Andy and Cliff Anderson.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Nativity Lutheran Church, 3312 Silver Lake Road in St. Anthony, with the Rev. Glenn Seefeldt officiating. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may go to Children’s Hospital & Clinics of Minnesota, Childrens Minnesota Foundation, 5901 Lincoln Drive, CBC-3-FOUND, Edina, MN 55436.

Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services in Chippewa Falls is serving the family. Visit pedersonvolker.com to express online condolences.