Esther Marie Rasmussen, 82, of Walnut Grove, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at Oak Terrace Senior Living in North Mankato.
Visitation was held the evening of October 22 at the Almlie-Horvath Funeral Home in Tracy. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Interment was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Esther Marie Rasmussen was born on January 8, 1933, to Tebbo and Etta (Eucken) Menken in Windom, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at Jeffers United Methodist Church, attended and graduated from Jeffers Public Schools, and studied for a short time at Mankato State University to become an English teacher.
On March 8, 1952, Esther was united in marriage to Robert Rasmussen at Trinity American Lutheran Church in Jeffers. They made their home in Jeffers for a short time before moving to a farm 8½ miles north of Walnut Grove and eventually settling on their current farm in 1984. After Robert’s death on June 19, 2014, Esther moved to the Country View Assisted Living in Walnut Grove for one month. She then entered St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield for eight months before entering Oak Terrace Senior Living in North Mankato for the remainder of her life.
She loved her dogs, enjoyed baking, especially her famous apple crisp, and farming next to her husband, Robert.
She is survived by her children, Dennis Rasmussen of Walnut Grove, Rose Marie (James) Schmiesing of Lucan, Cathy (Terry) Ochs of Springfield; daughter-in-law, Vicky Rasmussen of Tracy; siblings — sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene (Richard) Menken, Elta Barker, Hilda (John) Brand, Elsie Vieregge, and Anne (Donald) Roefer; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Maxine Rasmussen, Marion and Neale Sinclair, Barb Rasmussen, Harlan and Pat Rasmussen, Glennis and Curt Pearson, and Sharon and Tom Yager; 18 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son, Paul; great-granddaughter, Chazinne Jo Rasmussen-Towne; her parents Tebbo and Etta; and brothers, John, Tebbo, Edwin, and George Menken.
The Almlie-Horvath Funeral Service of Tracy assisted the family with funeral arrangements.
Blessed be her memory.