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Dorothy Kaasa

July 8, 1925 — December 5, 2016

Dorothy Kaasa, age 91, formerly of Ten Mile Lake, and Elbow Lake, passed away Monday, December 5, 2016 at her home in Osakis, surrounded by her family. Born on July 8, 1925 in Fergus Falls, MN, the fourth child of six born to Carl and Palma (Dahlager) Synstelien, Dorothy grew up in the Ten Mile Lake area and received her schooling there, graduating from Fergus Falls High School. She then worked at the post office in Dalton before starting her adventure with Ivan Kaasa. Dorothy and Ivan were married December 31, 1945. The couple made their home in Dalton and in 1958 moved to a farm half a mile north of Dalton. Ivan passed away August 14, 1993. Dorothy remained on the farm until 1995. She then moved to Elbow Lake, living there from 1995 until 2011 when she made the move to Osakis to be closer to her children. The family is forever grateful to Mary Brissett for being Mom's roommate and PCA for the last four years of her life. You made it possible for Mom to stay comfortably at home until the end. Dorothy enjoyed playing the organ and singing with Ivan and her family. She enjoyed baking, bowling and bingo. She thoroughly enjoyed Wii bowling with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy is survived by daughter, Ann (Paul) Hartmann of Osakis; son, Tom Kaasa of Osakis; 8 grandchildren, Michelle, Jeremy, Emily, Gina, Ben, Andy, Amanda and Paul; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Dennis Synstelien of Fergus Falls; along with many beloved nieces and nephews. Preceding Dorothy in death are her parents; husband, Ivan; son, Daniel; 2 daughters, Marie (infant), and Janet; 2 sisters, Jeanette and Eunice; and 2 brothers, Jerome and Earl. Visitation: 4:00PM – 7:00PM Thursday, December 8 at Our Saviors Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church, resuming one hour prior to the service at the church Funeral: 1:00PM Friday, December 9, 2016 at Our Saviors Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church, Dalton, MN Clergy: Rev. Matthew Zelie and Rev. Wes Moir Interment: Our Savior's Cemetery Online condolences: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dorothy's Memorial Folder

Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake 116 1st Street NE Elbow Lake, MN US 56531

Previous Events

Thursday, December 8, 2016
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Our Savior's Ten Mile Lake Church

Dalton, MN 56324

Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Friday, December 9, 2016
1:00 PM
Our Saviors Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church

Dalton, MN 56324

Friday, December 9, 2016
Our Saviors Cemetery

Dalton, MN

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