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Ethel "Kitty" Jessie Irene Aspenson, 94, of Wells, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in her home on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Wells. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m at Open Doors United Methodist Church in Wells, with Pastor Chris Leistra officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

Kitty was born January 31, 1925 on the family farm in Dunbar Township, Faribault County, MN, the daughter of Jesse and Gertrude (Miller) Rasmusson. She was baptized at the Methodist Episcopal Church and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church. She attended school through the tenth grade in Wells and then went on to work at Mussers, candling eggs. At age 18, Kitty moved to Minneapolis to clean houses and babysit. Eventually, she came back to Wells to work at the Canning Factory. In 1944, Kitty married David Burnham in California and to this union, daughter Cherie was born in 1946. They lived in many places throughout California. Their marriage ended in 1949 and Kitty moved back to Wells with her daughter. This is where she met her second husband, Dale Aspenson at a dance. They loved to go dancing at the area ballrooms. The three of them moved to Reno, NV to start a new life. Kitty and Dale were united in marriage at the Church of Christ in Reno on September 7, 1951 and in 1954 their daughter Brenda was born. As a family of four, they then moved to Sacramento so Dale could work in the family business with his sister. They left California in 1961 and moved to Bricelyn, MN where they owned a business for five years. After living in Bricelyn, they moved to Wells and became members of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and eventually joined the United Methodist Church family. Kitty worked at Banquet Foods in the Quality Control Department in Wells until she retired. In her retirement, she loved her new home and taking care of her garden and doing yard work but what gave her the most joy was taking care of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and babysitting for others. Everyone called her "Grandma Kitty" and still do. Even in the last years, her face just lit up when she saw great grandkids and great-great grandkids. She spent a lot of time on the farm with Brenda, Steven, Ryan and Rachael and loved going on picnics and family vacations with them. Kitty also looked forward to her annual trips to Wisconsin to visit Cherie, Blaine and sister Emma. She enjoyed cooking family meals and baking her favorite treats. In her spare time, you would find her relaxing and journaling about her days along with the days of each of her family members while noting many quotes and verses from the bible. There are countless filled notebooks for her family to enjoy for years to come. She was known for her kindness and positive outlook on life, along with her faith that she shared with many others.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Gertrude, husband Dale (1975), sisters Donna (Iray) Satre, Alice (Harold) Bruckhoff, Gladys (Carl) Rodahl, Emma (Doug) Sears, Marion (Ed) Kasperek & brother Helmer (Beatrice) Rasmusson. In-Laws: Mayme and Alfred Aspenson.

She is survived by: Daughter Brenda (husband Steven) Johnson of Wells, MN. Grandson Ryan Johnson (fiance Erin Carter) of Wells, MN. Granddaughter Rachael (husband Brian) Sather & great-grandchild Olivia Irene of North Mankato, MN. Daughter Cherie Wilder (Blaine Kutzler) of Luck, WI. Granddaughter Trishel Adams (late John O'Rourke) of Baldwin, WI. Great-grandchild Aleshia (husband Adam) Bowen & great-great-grandchildren Deacon, Merissa, and Vanessa of Woodville, WI. Great-grandchild Whitney (husband Kyle) Whelan & great-great- grandchildren Kane and Brock of Alden, MN. Great-grandchild Preston Adams of Walters, MN. Along with several nieces, nephews and their families.