Theresa Kasper, 1927-2018

Published 1:00 am Thursday, November 15, 2018

Theresa Kasper, formerly of Ellendale, passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving family Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the age of 91 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Theresa Kasper

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newry Township in rural Geneva. The Rev. Thomas Niehaus will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newry Township. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Theresa was born April 4, 1927, the daughter of Joseph and Dora (Houdek) Renchin. She graduated from Hayfield High School. She was united in marriage to James Kasper on Nov. 18, 1947. She worked at many places, including Owatonna Tool Co., the Ellendale school, in the food service industry, Steele County Home Health as an aid, and she was an Amway distributor. Theresa enjoyed gardening, sewing, shopping and volunteering with 4-H and at Blooming Prairie Nursing Home. Theresa was an active member of St. Mary’s Church and was active with the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

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She had a big heart for her family and friends. She enjoyed farm life, church and being active in the community. She always welcomed everyone into her life and into her home.

She is survived by her children Pauline (Richard) Fetterly of Faribault, Barbara Bremer of Plymouth, Robert (Rochelle) Kasper of West Concord, Kathy (Steve) Nelson of Albert Lea, Mary Therneau (Pat Taylor) of Grand Rapids, Clara (Dennis) Valen of Estherville, Iowa, David (Leanne) Kasper of Rushford, Veronica (Michael) Graif of Byron, George Kasper (Sue Jacobson) of New Prague, Peter (Karen) Kasper of Owatonna, Cynthia (David) Johnson of Owatonna, Sidney (Martha) Kasper of Northfield, Paul (Deb) Kasper of Faribault, Thomas (Annemarie) Kasper of Loretto, Blanche (Rick) Brink of Rochester, Theresa (Scott) Sendek of Byron, Roseann (Joe) Morrell of Prior Lake and Angela (William) Christianson of Brooklyn Park.

She is survived by 56 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren; her sisters Margaret Koziolek, Alice Arnold and Rosemary Besch; and brothers-in-law Vernon Ginder and Mark Kasper.

Theresa is preceded in death by her husband, James; parents Dora and Joseph Renchin; sisters Dorothy Virning, Francis Blakestead, Sylvia Ginder and Rosella Renchin; one brother, David Renchin; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. To leave a condolence, go to