Joleen Espey

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Joleen Espey

Funeral services for Joleen Espey, 64, of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Paul Hansen will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Newkirk Cemetery in Newkirk.

There will be a lunch served right after the funeral services at Grace United Methodist Church.

Joleen passed way Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Joleen Beth Espey, the daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Hofmeyer) Kleinhesselink, was born on Sept. 4, 1944, in Orange City. She was raised in Boyden where she attended country school and later graduated from Boyden High School. During her childhood years she attended the Newkirk Church.

In 1963, Joleen married Myron Klaassen. To this union four children were born: Kevin, Kirk, Korey and Keith. Joleen worked as a nurse's aide but spent most of her time staying home to raise her children. After divorcing, she lived in Hartley and then moved to Spencer in the early 1980s.

On July 30, 1993, Joleen married Joseph Espey in Sioux Falls, S.D. She held various jobs in the community most notably working at St. Luke Nursing Home for about ten years. Joleen retired in 1994, when she was diagnosed with MS.

She was preceded in death by her father; her mother-in-law, Edna Espey; and two grandchildren: Levi and Kyler Klaassen.

Joleen is survived by her husband, Joe of Spencer; her mother, Bertha of Orange City; her four sons: Kevin and Teresa of Sibley, Kirk of Alta, Korey of Newton, and Keith of Sanborn; nine grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; and two brothers: Larry Kleinhesselink and his wife, Audrey of Alton, and Rev. Charles "Chuck" Kleinhesselink and his wife, Nelva Jean of Everson, Wash.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.