What does one say about the passing of their mother and how can one describe the level of devotion a mother provides to them?
About someone whose joy overflowed from your first smile, your first laugh, who guided your first steps and then through a lifetime of triumphs and sorrows was always on your side?
Our Mother, Donna May Engebretsen Kasper, arrived safe in the arms of our blessed Redeemer on Thursday, June 6.
Mother passed away at home at the age of 87. Momma was preceded in death by our dad, Arthur Kasper, her parents, Naomi and Luther Engebretsen and one brother, Edward Engebretsen.
She is survived by her sister, Shirley (Tony) Humphreys of Eugene, OR and her brothers, Harold Engebretsen of Homer, Alaska and Richard Engebretsen of Oroville, CA.
Feeling her immediate absence are her children, Richard (Betsy) Kasper of Kerns, UT, Philip (Shirley) Kasper of Dolores, CO, Lonita (Fred) Larsen of Riverton, UT, Samuel (Jaime) Kasper of Orofino, and Rebecca (Galen) Beesley of Meridian, ID.
Mother’s delight was always in the Lord, her voice sang hymns, her arms played the accordion, as well as the auto harp, her feet lead her to serve the shut-ins at the nursing home and her fingers wrote hundreds of Gospel messages to family and followers everywhere. She enjoyed the fellowship at the Cream Ridge Church and made a habit of always finding the good in everyone.
Mother had an incredible resumé of passions. Her hobbies included Brazilian embroidery and knitting. She loved to garden and surrounded her home with beautiful flowering shrubs, rhododendrons, roses and flowers of every hue. She loved researching genealogy and completed two full volumes of family history for the Engebretsen and Kasper families. This work lasted over 28 years and traces our linage back to Scandinavia and Germany and to the early revolutionary war period.
These are noteworthy endeavors but it was her heart that held all five of us kids together. Unconditional love was ever present in our home. We never went to sleep without her saying how much we were loved. Each of us went through life knowing Mamma would be praying for us every night.
As the hills and valleys affected each of our adult lives it was always Momma’s voice that caused us to remember that we were bought with the precious price of Calvary and our lives were not our own.
Even now as our hearts break with sorrow we hear her reminding us that love never dies and because we have a lively hope in Christ Jesus, we will be together again just over on the other side. Due to her teaching we know our treasures are laid up in heaven and not of this earth.
For my brothers, Richard and Sam, and my sisters, Lonita and Rebecca, we rest in the firm grip of God’s Grace. We are thankful God gave us this remarkable person we lovingly call Momma. We know how much she loved us and we are indeed blessed because of it.
We also collectively wish to honor our brother Sam and his wife Jaime for their unselfish devotion to both mother and father during their last years. Their care, concern and service of love are without price.
To the friends, family, grandchildren, great grandchildren and each of you who had such an important part of Momma’s life, we thank you for being here to honor her. Your presence means a great deal to our family. Your kindness humbles all of us. Thank you for loving Mother as well. We all grieve at her absence but celebrate her life’s work and legacy of love. Our treasures are truly found in Heaven.
Phil Kasper 6/7/2019