OBITUARY

Kathryn Espersen

April 23, 1929January 10, 2019
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Kathryn G. Espersen, nee Haselman, 89, of Lisle, at rest January 10, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Donald. Loving mother of Stephen J. (Denyse), Mary E. (Steve) Birkett, Mark D. (Kathy), Gregg N., Gordon J., Charles J. (Stephanie), Carol B. (David) Joswiak, Kitty D. Murphy, and Lisa M. (Ron) Cull. Cherished grandmother of 24, Great grandmother of 20. Fond sister of Margaret Nelson. Visitation Tuesday January 15 at Blake Lamb Funeral Home 5015 Lincoln Ave., Lisle. Funeral Mass 10 AM Wednesday January 16 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 820 Division St., Lisle. Interment Assumption Catholic Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers your donation to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul Joliet (svdpjoliet.org) 630 293-9755 would be appreciated. You may also bring a non-perishable food item to the visitation or funeral. For more information please call (630) 964-9392.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, January 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Kathryn Espersen

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Jeanne (Altendorf) McLennan

January 17, 2019

Kay and my mom, Vicky Altendorf, were quite a pair going out to respond to calls to St. Vincent DePaul for assistance. Mom loved to report to us about their visits. They usually went to people's homes. They would both shrug off any worries we had about them going on the calls. "We are together, everything will be fine."

They were compassionate and believed in the resilience of the people they served. They were a great examples of strong, intelligent, mission driven women who were examples of treating people as worthy of dignity and respect. They also shared great senses of humor and enthusiasm about life.

Blessings and love to all of the Espersen clan as you remember and celebrate her life.

Mark Espersen

January 12, 2019


I have a couple of memories (among many) that I would like to share regarding my mom. Years ago when our kids were quite young she wrote to me in a letter "Refuse to die, until you get a chance to bounce your grandchild on your knee and have them tell you their secrets" - underlining the refuse to die part a couple of times. I don't know about the refusing part but I'm starting to get the other part and she was soo right.
One other memory that means everything to me was her sharing that she understood and accepted Jesus as her personal savior. That gospel message was shared in a bible study and she wanted me to know that. Her faith has always been a big part of how she did family and there is a lot of comfort knowing that we will meet again in glory. Love you mom.

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