Dorothy A. Jasperson

January 9, 1945 - October 19, 2020

Dorothy Anna Clara Jasperson, age 75, of New Prague, died peacefully of Covid 19 complicated further by long-standing Parkinson’s Disease at Redeemer Health and Rehab Center in Minneapolis.  Dorothy was born on January 9, 1945 in Wanamingo, MN to Aron and Gina (Shelstad) Myran.  She graduated from Wanamingo High School, and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Mankato State University, and a Master’s from St. Mary’s University.  Dorothy started her career teaching business education at New Prague High School, where she met the love of her life, Dennis Jasperson, at a teacher’s workshop at the end of August.  Shortly after, they became more acquainted at the corn roast that was hosted for new teachers held at Camp Pa-Hu-Ca at Fish Lake.  Eight months later, the star-struck couple married in Wanamingo on April 5, 1969.  Dorothy taught business ed for 3 years, then took a break when her children were born to be home with them.  Once the children were in school, Dorothy worked for a short time at the NP Times, then for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Her true calling came with a love for and an ability to relate to special ed students so she reentered the school system teaching Special Education.  Her students remembered and loved Dorothy and years later, when they would see her on her frequent walks in New Prague, made it a point to run across the street to collect very special hugs.  Dorothy possessed a gentle soul with a kindness that radiated along with the smile that always graced her face and lit up her eyes.  Despite years of declining and debilitating health due to Parkinson’s, Dorothy never once complained.


Dorothy loved nothing more than time spent with her children, grandchildren, nieces & nephews, and more recently, her great-grandchildren.  She knew everyone’s birthday and loved to celebrate them with parties.  Many wonderful trips were spent traveling and trailer camping, a favorite being northern Idaho, where Dennis taught at one time.  These trips continued as long as Dorothy’s health allowed.  Many wonderful memories were also made with her stitch and bitch “sewing club”!  Her kind, quiet presence was an inspiration to so many and she will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.


Dorothy is survived by her loving husband, Dennis; children, Kristen (Duane) Palma of New Prague, Aron Jasperson of New Prague, Erik Jasperson of Shakopee; grandchildren, Brandon (Megan) Palma, Megan Palma (fiancé, Duane Abbott), Alex Palma; great-grandchildren, Adeline, Livi, Luca, & Dottie; brother, Gunder Myran of Michigan; sisters, Charlotte (Darold) Safe of Cannon Falls, Shirley Beckman of Cannon Falls, Jo Ann (Gary) Lemke of Grand Rapids, MN; sister-in-law, Rosie Floren of Kenyon.  She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gilman Myran.


Private family graveside services will be held at Czech National Cemetery in New Prague on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM with Reverend Diane Goulson officiating.  The memorial service will be live-streamed through Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and there will be a drive-through parade through the cemetery for members of the public immediately following the ceremony.  No flowers please; memorials preferred to the Parkinson Foundation or donor’s choice.

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Ed & Jane Gould
27 days ago

Dorothy was truly a joy to be around. Unfortunately, our time was always limited to their visits and time here in North Idaho. Those visits will truly missed. As we say in our Scottish Pipe Band “Until me all meet again in the Massed Bands in heaven”. Dorothy, practice your drumming!!

Joe and Angela Meredith
2 months ago

Many friends in N Idaho are saddened by the passing of Dorothy. Our love and condolences to Dennis and family. She was a special lady and will be missed.

Linda Bresser
2 months ago

Dorothy was such a sweet, kind person. It was a blessing to know her. Praying God will give you his comfort and peace as you mourn her passing, while celebrating her life.

Duane and Darlene Jasperson
2 months ago

We will always cherish Dorothy’s ability to make the world around her a joyous place to be.

Don and Linda West
2 months ago

A friend for life; one of God’s blessings when thinking of Dorothy. Dorothy and Dennis were both there helping us move into and later move out of the third floor apartment in the “Old Hospital”. We made so many fond memories for being newly weds in a new town. We camped together, fished together, hung out together with Bob and Kathy Soulek and attended the corn roasts together. Our time was too short in New Prague, but our friendship has lasted. We would be moving from state to state and there Dorothy, Dennis and family would show up for a… Read more »

Ebbie and Dawn Makarios
2 months ago

Dennis, so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing- Dawn and I send condolences and good thoughts to you and your family

Bonnie Lyrenmann
2 months ago

Dorothy and I had many fun teacher talks. She was a very positive person. May she rest in peace.

Patty Larson
2 months ago

I have such sweet memories of Dorothy at Holy Trinity. My condolences to her dear family.

Kathy (Soulek) Seymour
2 months ago

It is so wonderful to read these memories of Dorothy! She was so welcoming way back in 1969 when I was new in town! She would gently remind me of our schedule at church and help me remember when to be where! Then there was the teachers’ wives’ bridge club! How about the great hunters: Dennis Jasperson, Don West, and Bob Soulek! So many fond memories of such a special gal! My deepest and most sincere sympathy to Dorothy’s family!

david thorsen
2 months ago

Dennis and family. I received notice of Dorothy’s passing via Sue Zahler. Dave and I send you are condolences on your loss. She was a great roommate and friend when I also was teaching at New Prague and have many memories. Please talk about her, telling stories and relating fond memories. She will always hold a special place in my heart. God be with you all. Dave and Glenys Thorsen.

Jean Keogh
2 months ago

Dennis (aka Mr. Jasperson), Our deepest sympathies to your and your family. We had the opportunity to meet Dorothy a couple of times – at Carol Kotasek’s birthday party and at the Hilltop Hall. She was always smiling. Wishing you and yours peace, comfort, and hope during this time. God Bless. Ed & Jean Keogh, Montgomery, MN

Karl Tise
2 months ago

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman! It really captures Dorothy’s essence–her spirit. She brightened the world for so many of us just by being in it. I’ll always remember that smile she so readily shared with all of us. Truly a caring, gentle soul. My thoughts are with all of her family and friends!

Julie Nerud Sirek
2 months ago

I had the honor of working with Dorothy at Praha Village. Enjoyed our time together. She’ll be missed by so many in the community. Hugs and prayers to the family! Rest peacefully Dorothy, hug!

Sue Kennedy
2 months ago

This makes my heart hurt! My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dennis. She was a wonderful lady and she will be so missed.

Carrie J. DeValk
2 months ago

Sweet, sweet Dorothy. A fond memory I have is watching her with a spangly dance skirt tied around her waist at the Fitness Center, boogying to the beat. She had rhythm!

Her kind, sensitive demeanor will be missed by many. Our hearts go out to Dennis and the family.

Ron and Carrie DeValk

Julie Smith
2 months ago

Marc and I would enjoy seeing Dorothy when we would visit my Mom at Praha prior to COVID. She always had such a sweet smile…like in her picture above. Rest in peace now, Dorothy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis and family.

Bob Brinkman
2 months ago

I think it is so interesting to read these comments. My first thought is similar to the others—we all remember her smiling face and her wonderful humor. We are sorry for your loss.

Phyllis Smith
2 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Dorothy will be dearly missed.

Liz Meyer
2 months ago

This just hurts! I will miss seeing her smiling face, and yours Dennis at Praha. May Dorothy Rest In Peace.

Bonnie Bergquist
2 months ago

I will miss Dorothy’s wonderful sense of humor. She was fun to visit with and always had a smile on her face. RIP Dorothy!

Wade Fradenburgh
2 months ago

The Fradenburgh family sends our sympathies to the Jasperson and Myran families. Dorothy was loved by all who knew her.

JeNean Erickson
2 months ago

We are so saddened to lose a member of the MC unit at Praha Village. What a kind soul Dorothy was. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis and the entire Jasperson family.

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