Mary T. Rasmussen

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Mary T. Rasmussen, age 66 of New Hampton, Iowa passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011 at her home. Mary Theresa Rasmussen was born in Manchester, IA on May 12, 1945, the daughter of Clement Joseph and Theresa (Hoffman) Friedman. She grew up on their farm 2 ½ miles south of Lamont, IA 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, IA and started working at the Winthrop Veterinary Clinic and worked there until 1990. On August 21, 1982, Mary was united in marriage to Roger Rasmussen at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winthrop. The couple lived in Independence, IA for nine years, Newton, IA for eleven 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, SD and J. Josephine Mary from Secunderabad, India. Mary is survived by her loving husband, Roger of 28 years; two brothers, Cletus Friedman of Vinton, IA and Cyril “Bud” Friedman of Bloomington, IL and three sisters, Lucille (Merlin) Goedken of Oelwein, IA, Eileen Thompson of Central City, IA and Sister Madonna Friedman, OSF of Waterloo, IA. 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. Cemetery: Burial will be at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Oelwein, IA. Memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Cluster, Cedar Valley Hospice and the Arthritis Foundation. Visitation will be from 4:00pm-8:00pm on Friday, July 29, 2011 with a 4:30pm Rosary and a 7:00pm Scriptural Wake Service at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at St. Joseph’s Gathering Space one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Holy Family Parish - St. Joseph’s Center in New Hampton with Fr. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the mass.

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  1. Roger – I happened to check the Newton Daily News and saw about Mary. I was very sorry to see that. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

  2. Roger & family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
    Mary was such a wonderful lady, always willing to help whenever she was asked. She will have a very special
    place in Heaven now. May she rest in peace.

  3. Roger and family,

    We will remember Mary fondly for her dedication to our church. She helped many of us get ready for various ministries at Mass. She was always dropping by readings for this or that.
    I will especially remember her for her smiling face. Mary created guitar music binders for me and what a great help that was. I have been thinking of her often, especially since I saw her in May when we said our good-byes. Mary asked me to pray for her and I have been daily. We’ll see each other in the next place. We will miss her.

  4. Roger, I am so sorry to hear about Mary’s death. She did so many wonderful things for Sacred Heart Parish while you lived in Newton. Most of her work was “behind the scenes” but we noticed and appreciated it greatly. May you find comfort in knowing that she now rests in the peace of Christ.

  5. Roger, family, and friends, We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. She was a wonderful person.

  6. Roger, I was saddened to hear of Mary’s death. Whenever I saw her at church she was always smiling and pleasant. She will be missed.

  7. Roger, we were so surpised to hear about Mary. I know it has been quite awhile since you left Newton, but we still have kept you in our thoughts. You were both always such kind and caring people. We consider ourselves Blessed to have had the chance to know you. May GOD help you through this difficult time.

  8. We are saddened to hear of your loss.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and family always.
    Ray and Lois Gitchell, Cedar Falls, IA

  9. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. We always ejoyed Mary at church, she was a wonderful person and will be missed.
    Al, Nicole, Ethan, Emma & Elaina Rosonke

  10. Roger and family –
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We really enjoyed working with you and Mary at many activities at Sacred Heart Church when we lived in Newton.
    May Our Lord give you strength and hold you close.
    Mark and Marybeth Wagner now of Dubuque

  11. Dear Roger ad Mary’s familliy’s. We are so sorry to read about Mary’s dieing. She was a great friend, a wonderful help at church and just a smiling face when ever we saw her. We feel we have an angel looking over us Our sympathy and prayers for everykne.

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