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Trena Espe, 1939-2019

A memorial service for Trena M. Espe will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea with Capt. Jim Brickson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service and interment will follow the service at Hollandale Cemetery.

Trena Espe

Trena passed away surrounded by family Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at her home in Albert Lea. She was 80 years old.

Trena M. (Bolhuis) Espe was born April 13, 1939, to Lawrence and Minnie (Kuiper) Bolhuis in Hollandale. She grew up in Hollandale and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1958. On Nov. 26, 1960, she was united in marriage to Marvin Espe in Hollandale. To this union, three children were born. The family were members of First Lutheran Church in Glenville, and most recently, she was a member of the Salvation Army. She always had a strong relationship with her Lord and Savior.

Trena was always helping others. She was a nurse’s aide at St. Olaf Hospital, St. John’s Lutheran Community and Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea. When she wasn’t working, she was volunteering her time at the Salvation Army Food Pantry, ringing Christmas bells with all her grandchildren and numerous other volunteer opportunities. She saw it as giving back to her community and making friends along the way.

Fishing in Canada, baking, making tie blankets and her monthly coffee with friends were some of her favorite activities. Trena was most happy when she was surrounded by her family. She was known as the “Neighborhood Mom” to all the kids who grew up in the neighborhood.

She is preceded in death by both parents, Lawrence and Minnie; brothers Daniel Bolhuis and Henry Bolhuis; and brothers and sisters in-law Bill Noordhoek, Helen Dean, Velma Houchin, Marion McCullough, Marlys Tostensen and Merlin (Beverly) Espe.

Trena is survived by her husband of 58 years, Marvin Espe; children Marilynn (Todd) Lancaster, Michelle (Todd) Oakland, Marlin Espe and Marty Carlsgaard; grandchildren Brook (Cristian) Lopez, Eric (Britani) Espe, Natalie (Timothy Kastens) Oakland, Andrew (Samantha Lein) Borland, Jacob Borland, Tyler Espe, Marissa Oakland, Morgan Espe and Brandon Espe; great-grandchildren Gracelynn Lopez, Cristian Lopez, Leighton Borland and Evelynn Lopez, and Baby Espe due in July; sister, Anna Noordhoek; a sister-in-law, Gloria Bolhuis; as well as many other loving relatives and friends.

As Trena always light-heartedly said, “If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much!” Blessed be her memory.