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Roger Eugene Espenson, 82, of West Concord, died Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Cottagewood Senior Communities.


He was born September 3, 1936 in Montevideo the son of Leonard and Clara (Nelson) Espenson. Roger graduated from Montevideo High School.  He served nine years in the National Guard.  While serving in the National Guard he attended Cosmetology School in Rochester where he met his future wife.  Roger married Judith Bruzek May 8, 1961 in Rochester.  The couple moved to West Concord in 1963 where they operated a beauty shop together.  Roger was then able to attend Barber school and work nights.  He operated his own Barber Shop in West Concord and later in Dodge Center until his retirement in 2014.


Roger served on the West Concord Fire Department for 25 years.  He was a former member of the Midnight Riders Snowmobile Club in West Concord and the Eagle's Club in Owatonna.  He was a member of St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church.  He enjoyed his John Deere tractors, spending time outdoors and cutting fire wood.


He is survived by his wife, Judy Espenson of West Concord; son, Doug Espenson of West Concord; foster son, Bill (and Kathy) Krause of Cornucopia,WI; grandsons, Nathan (and Danielle) Espenson, Brent Espenson; great grandsons, Ayden and Bentley.


He was preceded in death by his brother, Don Espenson.


Visitation will be at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Wednesday from 10am to 11am.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 11am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Reverend Thomas Niehaus officiating.  Interment will be in the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery in West Concord. 



Donald Norbert Langr went home peacefully to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Funeral mass will be 11:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Litomysl.  Friends may greet the family two hours prior to the funeral at church starting at 9:00 AM.


He was the sixth of seven children born to Norbert and Christine (Ryshavy) Langr at home in rural Steele County on July 4, 1933. He liked his birthdate and would tease; the fireworks were to celebrate his birthday.


Don was a devout Catholic. He lived as the gospel says; to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. He gave to others not from his surplus but from what he had. Don was 100% Czech and was always proud to be Czech. Family was very important to him.


Don attended country school then graduated from Owatonna High School Class of 1951. He graduated in 1956 from Minnesota State Teachers College, Mankato, MN with a B.S. in Mathematics and minor in Chemistry. In 1966, he received his Master’s in Chemistry from St. Louis University.


Don married his MSTC square dancing partner, Clare, at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Bloomington, MN on August 12, 1957. They were blessed with 4 children.


Don was an educator and lifelong learner. The majority of his teaching years were spent at ICCC, Fort Dodge, Iowa and NIACC, Mason City, Iowa. He taught Organic Chemistry and Introduction to Chemistry. He was known as a tough teacher who assigned a lot of homework. Then later he would receive countless letters from students thanking him for his teaching style. He was proud of his work and his students.


Don was a lover of music, reading, photography, Czech pastry buchty - poppyseed of course, nightly stove top popcorn, wood working, games especially Schmear, comic books, Charlie Brown, wine making, gardening, family reunions, working on the family farm and so much more. He never went anywhere without a deck of cards, a rosary and that big smile everyone loved to see. He never met a stranger.


He was very involved in each community in which he lived. In Fort Dodge, he was active in Art In The Park, SPEBSQSA, hosted a radio program on KVFD where he played old-time music, supported the Fort Dodge Symphony and Karl King Municipal Band. In Mason City, he continued to sing Barbershop, Men’s Garden Club, WFLA, POLKofA, Marriage Encounter, Newman Catholic School Board, Holy Family Church Choir, Funeral Choir, Men’s Club and served as sacristan. He was a 50+ year member of the American Chemical Society and longtime member of the Iowa Academy of Science.


Donald was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Edmund, Jerome, Bernard; sister Delores; sister-in-law Mary Frances; brother-in-law, Jerome Knish, father and mother in-law Carl and Lucille Christensen. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Clare, children Catherine Sparks, Ann (William) Moore, Carl (Lorna) and Michael (Maria); brother, Francis; sister, Margaret Knish, grandchildren Stephanie, Sarah (Clarence), Sydney, Jakob and Caitlin; 4 great-grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and his godchildren. 


Theresa Kasper formerly of Ellendale, MN passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving family on November 13, 2018 at the age of 91 at St. Mary's hospital in Rochester MN. Mass of Christian Burial is set for Saturday, November 17th, at 10:30 am at  St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newry Township, rural Geneva Father Thomas Niehaus will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newry Township. Visitation will take place Friday, November 16th, from 4-7pm at Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna, MN, and one hour prior to the service at the Church. Theresa was born on April 4th, 1927 daughter of  Joseph and Dora (Houdek) Renchin. She gaduated from Hayfield High School. She was united in marriage to James Kasper on November 18th, 1947. She worked at many places including: Owatonna Tool Company, Ellendale school, Food service industry, Steele County Home Health Aid and Amway distributor. Theresa enjoyed gardening, sewing, shopping and volunteering with 4-H and at the Blooming Prairie Nursing Home. Theresa was an active member of the St. Mary's Church and was active with the Minnesota Citizens Concern for Life. 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, Faribault of Thomas (Annemarie) Kasper of Loretto, Blanche (Rick) Brink of Rochester, Theresa (Scott) Sendek of Byron, Roseann (Joe) Morrell of Prior Lake amd Angela (William) Christianson of Brooklyn Park.  She is survived by 56 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren and her sisters Margaret Koziolek, Alice Arnold, 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, Rosella Renchin, one brother David Renchin, one grandchild and two great grandchildren. To leave a message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


Karla Dianne Oeltjenbruns, 61, of Owatonna, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at her home.


Karla Dianne Witzke was born on June 27, 1957 in Storm Lake, Iowa to Byron and Blanche (Huffman) Wiztke.


She was baptized into the Lutheran faith at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Newell, Iowa. In January 1961, she moved with her parents and four sisters to Medford, MN. She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Medford in 1971. Karla graduated from Medford High School in 1975.


She worked at Northwest Bell in Owatonna right after graduation and worked there for 24 years. Later on, Karla sold real estate a short time for Gillespie real estate. On August 13, 1977 she married Leslie Oeltjenbruns at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Meriden, MN. They lived on the farm their entire married life by Meriden. They were blessed with a daughter, Lesley Marie and two sons Jonathan and Tyler.



Karla is surivived by her loving husband, Leslie Oeltjenbruns; sons, Jonathan (Charissa) Oeltjenbruns, Tyler (Alissa) Oeltjenbruns; granddaughter, Lesley Lynn Oeltjenbruns; mother, Blanche Witzke; sisters, Alyce Pittman, Carol (Bjorn) Ottosson; 2 sister and brother-in-law’s, Carleen (Jon) Stout, Sheri (Tom) Karnowski; many nieces and nephews and cousins.


Karla is preceded in death by her daughter, Lesley Marie; father, Byron Witzke; sisters, Joni Smith and Cheryl Sauke



Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, Owatonna on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Meriden with The Reverend Dean Smith officiating.  Interment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.


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