Mary T. Rasmussen (1945 - 2011)

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NEW HAMPTON - Mary T. Rasmussen, 66, of New Hampton, passed away Thursday, July 28, at her home surrounded by her family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 30, at Holy Family Parish - St. Joseph's Center in New Hampton. Burial will be at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Oelwein. Visitation will be at St. Joseph's Gathering Space one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Cluster, Cedar Valley Hospice and the .
Mary Theresa Rasmussen was born in Manchester, on May 12, 1945, the daughter of Clement Joseph and Theresa (Hoffman) Friedman. She grew up on their farm 2.5 miles south of Lamont, and attended Lamont Grade School and Lamont High School, graduating in 1964. She continued living on the farm after graduation for four years to help her parents with the farming until her dad retired in 1968.
In February of 1968, Mary moved to Winthrop, and started working at the Winthrop Veterinary Clinic and worked there until 1990. On Aug. 21, 1982, Mary was united in marriage to Roger Rasmussen at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Winthrop. The couple lived in Independence for nine years, Newton for 11 years and in New Hampton for the past eight years.
While in New Hampton, Mary worked at the Holy Family Parish/Good Shepherd Cluster office as a volunteer. She became very active in preparing liturgical schedules, assisting with the set up for liturgy celebrations and helping in many other church events. Mary was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Joan of Arc 388 and American Legion Auxiliary. Mary and Roger supported two sponsor children, Leighton Lee Thompson of McLaughlin, S.D. and J. Josephine Mary from Secunderabad, India.
Mary is survived by her loving husband, Roger of 28 years; two brothers, Cletus Friedman of Vinton, and Cyril "Bud" Friedman of Bloomington, Ill. and three sisters, Lucille (Merlin) Goedken of Oelwein, Eileen Thompson of Central City, and Sister Madonna Friedman, OSF of Waterloo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clement and Theresa Friedman; two brothers, Robert and Jim Friedman, one sister, Lavonne Breckenfelder and her mother-in-law, Mary Bullard.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from July 30 to Aug. 30, 2011
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