Ellen P. Rasmussen
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Following cremation the Celebration of Life Memorial Graveside Service for Ellen P. Rasmussen, 91, will be conducted by Pastor Doug Opp on Memorial Day weekend 2011 at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Kimballton.
Ellen Patrea Rasmussen, the daughter of Peter Thomas and Hansina Petersen Hansen, was born Sept. 6, 1919, at her parents' home in Viola Township, Audubon County, Iowa and died Dec. 31, 2010, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 91 years, 3 months, and 25 days.
Ellen was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. She attended school in Viola Center then moved to Omaha, Neb. where she cleaned homes for other people. Ellen returned to Audubon in 1938.
On Jan. 17, 1939, she was united in marriage to Raymond S. Rasmussen in Maryville, Mo. They lived in and around Audubon and Ellen was a homemaker raising her family for many years. Ellen then was employed as a clerk at Jensen Clothing for several years. In the mid 1960s Ellen became a Nurse's Aide and was employed at the Salem Lutheran Nursing Home in Elk Horn, for many years. She later worked at the Friendship Home in Audubon until she retired. During retirement Ellen and Ray enjoyed traveling across the United States. Ray died June 4, 1992. Ellen lived in Audubon until November of 2008 when she moved to Carroll to be near her family. She later moved to the Friendship Home in Audubon in December of 2010.
Ellen was a life-long member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. She enjoyed playing cards and was a member of a pinochle club. She enjoyed socializing with friends and loved to drive her car.
Ellen was preceded in death, in addition to her husband Raymond, by her great- granddaughter Carly Jo Schrader, her son-in-law John Schrader, her parents, her brothers Ray and wife Verna Hansen and Harold Hansen; nine brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
She is survived by her children Gloria Schrader of Carroll, and Wayne and wife Peggy Rasmussen of Cedar Rapids; her grandchildren Jeff and wife Penny Schrader of Salem, S.D., Jon and wife Teresa Schrader of West Salem Wisc., Todd Schrader of Atlantic, Susan and husband Dan Langbein and Clint and wife Sue Schrader all of Carroll, Ryan and wife Jen Rasmussen and Robin Rasmussen all of Cedar Rapids, Kristene and husband Craig Ganek of Wauconda, Ill., Ashley Rasmussen of Cedar Rapids; 13 great- grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; her nephews Bill and wife June Hansen and Tom Hansen all of Omaha, Neb., other relatives and many friends.
The family also wanted to thank the Iowa Hospice from Carroll, Iowa for the wonderful care that Ellen received.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Jan. 7 to Jan. 21, 2011