Jean Marie Rasmussen, age 90, of Medina, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Wealshire of Medina, surrounded by her children.
She was born May 22, 1929, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Howard and Alice (Bodin) Graeber. Jean grew up in Lyndale, MN, with her older brother, Hart; and her younger sister, Joan.
Jean graduated from Mound High School.
While working at Pure Oil in Wayzata, she met, and later married James Vincent (“Vince”) Rasmussen, Sept. 1, 1950. Vince and Jean settled in Maple Plain, where they raised their five children.
While her children were at school, Jean enjoyed being part of a women’s bowling league. She and Vince were also on a couples bowling league in Delano, where they made many life-long friends.
After raising her family, Jean went to work for Nationwide Carriers and then, Kortem’s, both in Maple Plain, until she retired.
Her children remember her as a devoted wife and mother. After Vince suffered a severe stroke, she selflessly took care of him for almost 13 years until he passed away in 1998.
Jean was a hard worker who enjoyed being outdoors and doing yard work. She was a wonderful cook and also canned many of the items from her large garden. She was a huge football and golf fan, but NASCAR was her passion, and she especially loved #24, Jeff Gordon. She also loved listening to country music.
Jean had a loner spirit. She enjoyed her family and friends, but also enjoyed her time alone. She was traditional and cared that her children experience the same traditions that she grew up with.
She had a regimented housework schedule and would rarely deviate from it.
Jean sold their family home of 50-plus years in 2015, after she had moved to Minnetonka Shores Assisted Living in Spring Park. She then moved to Haven Homes in Young America in 2016, and to Wealshire of Medina in September of 2018.
Jean will be greatly missed by her children, Boni (Michael) Fadden, Larry (Ling) Rasmussen, Julie (Robert) Rocheleau, Barb Miller, and Lisa (William) de laVergne; grandchildren Jeffrey (Anne) Fadden, Sorina (Guido) Koehler, Patrick (Lynette) Fadden, Vincent (Chelsea) Fadden, Matthew (Jennifer) Rasmussen, Michael Rasmussen and fiancée Rebecca, David (Kara) Rasmussen, John (Jennifer) Rocheleau, Lori (Matthew) Kielar, Mitchell Miller, Dillon Bout, and Seth Bout; 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, and devoted friends.
Her funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Maple Plain, with an hour of visitation prior to the service. Interment followed at Lewis Cemetery in Maple Plain.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.