URSULA THERESA(TASKY) DESPOTUrsula Theresa (Tasky) Despot, 88, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2013, at the Benedictine Health Center.
Ursula Theresa (Tasky) Despot, 88, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2013, at the Benedictine Health Center.
Ursula was born in Duluth to Fred and Teresa Tasky in 1924.
She graduated from Morgan Park High School and then went on to business school. In 1944 she married Herbert Despot in El Centro, Calif., and they enjoyed 59 happy years together. Ursula worked as a bookkeeper for many years at Western Paint and the U.S. Steel plant. She lived her entire life in New Duluth and was a lifelong member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. She mastered the fine art of making potica and passed it on to her family. Her great joys in life were her grandchildren, campfires, and reading a book a day up until a few weeks ago.
Ursula was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; daughter, Nancy; and siblings Milo Tasky, Olga Stanley, Helen Hanson, Marion Ellefsen, and Betty Blazevic. She is survived by her children, Claudia (David) Bredemus of Eagan, Minn., Robert (Julie) Despot of Fort Ripley, Minn., and Lori (Eugene) Collard of Duluth; grandchildren Jim Bredemus, Andrea (Justin) Finke, Alex (Jane) Bredemus, Chris (Luana) Despot, Tom (Jennifer) Collard, and Carolyn Despot; sister Marjorie (Roland) Rooney; and many nieces and nephews.
GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 18th at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 610 99th Ave. W. Inurnment in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Memorials preferred to Friends of the Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802. May she rest in peace and love.