Ethel Virginia Rasmussen, age 101 of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services will be on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartington with the Rev. Amanda Talley officiating. Burial will be at the Obert Cemetery, Obert, Nebraska. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home. Visitation will continue on Friday one hour prior to services at church.
Pallbearers will be Kent Rasmussen, Clem Rasmussen, Kory Smith, Ritchie Stolpe, Linda Olson, and Sheri Stolpe Oyler.
A lifelong resident of Cedar County, Ethel was born in Obert NE May 2, 1916 to Emanuel and Anna (Bengston) Stolpe, the fourth of eleven children. After graduation from Obert High School in 1933, she worked for a time in her father's grocery store. On November 19, 1938 she married Melbert Rasmussen, a marriage which lasted nearly 70 years until Melbert's passing in August, 2008. They farmed east of Hartington until their retirement in 1983, at which time they moved to Hartington. In her earlier years Ethel had a beautiful singing voice and was known in the area as the go-to soloist for weddings and funerals. She loved to entertain and hosted many of the large family gatherings. Coffee and dessert were always available for anyone who stopped by. Her church was very important to her and was actively involved in many church activities.
Ethel is survived by her two children: son Dennis Rasmussen (wife Sandra) of Clearwater FL and Lisa Robb, Carmel IN. She is also survived by two brothers: Arvid Stolpe of Rapid City, SD and Clifton Stolpe of Belle Vista, AR, as well as five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Condolences and memorials may be directed to the Wintz funeral home at this time.
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We extend our sincere condolences to the Rasmussen family. When we lose someone we love it can cause heartache that can be hard to bear. But in this difficult time may you find strength from our Heavenly Father's promise that we can be reunited with our loved ones by means of a resurrection and death will be no more. - Revelation 21:3,4; John 6:40 What a wonderful day this will be. Then 101 years will only be few. May this precious hope that awaits us and your cherished memories of Ethel bring you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.
The Herman Family
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