Dolores Jaspersen

January 25, 2018

obit jaspersen doloresJune 25, 1932 – Jan. 10, 2018

Dolores Jaspersen of Montevideo died Wednes­day, Jan. 10 at AveraMc-Kennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 85.
Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Jeff Fitzkappes officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cem­etery in Montevideo. Visi­tation with the family was held one hour before ser­vices on Saturday at the church.
Dolores Louise Jaspers­en was born June 25, 1932 in Lake Benton to Bernard and Esther (Herschberg­er) Kock. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Dolores attended and graduated from Lake Benton High School. She was united in marriage to James Jaspersen on Feb. 3, 1951 in Lake Benton. They lived in Tyler until 1966, when they moved to Montevideo. Dolores and Jim had three boys—Craig, Mark and Scott.
Dolores was a lifelong member of Trinity Lu­theran Church, where she taught Sunday School, worked on various com­mittees, and led Bible studies. She was a mem­ber of the Women of the ELCA and was very active, holding various positions in the organization. She was also a board member of Brookside Manor for several years. Dolores en­joyed gospel music, mov­ies, and had a wonderful collection of teddy bears. Many children in the com­munity would visit as pre-schoolers to Dolores’ home, where she would have a teddy bear talk and share her love of collecting teddy bears. This led many people to lovingly call Dolores “the teddy bear Lady.”
For over 45 years Dolo­res was a strong supporter of disabled children and adults. She served over 45 years on the DAC board (Chippewa Enterprises). She was also active in the Special Olympics program. Dolores was an advocate in mainstreaming dis­abled and challenged chil­dren into the classroom at school in Montevideo. Most of all, family remem­bers that Dolores was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Dolores is survived by her children—Craig (Lisa) Jaspersen of Pipestone and Mark (Kerry) Jaspersen of Montevideo; three grand­children—Nolan (Jenna) Jaspersen, Isaac Jaspersen and Kady Jaspersen; one great-grandchild, Taya Jas­persen; a sister, Shirley Pe­terson of Lake Benton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James, son Scott, brothers Harold Kock and Vernon Kock, and extend­ed family and friends.
Blessed be her memory.