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Patricia Rasmussen

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Patricia Rasmussen, age 79, of Storm Lake, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 29, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia A. Keller, daughter of Bernard Sitzmann and Francis Keller, was born April 16, 1932 in Correctionville. As a child, she was raised by her grandparents, Frank and Sadie Keller. She was baptized and confirmed at the Church of Christ in Correctionville. Pat graduated from Correctionville High School in 1950. Following high school, she attended Wayne State College, later becoming employed as a telephone operator.

On July 16, 1955, Patricia was united in marriage to Herb Rasmussen at the Lutheran Church in Aurelia. After starting their married life in Aurelia, they were blessed with three daughters, Lori, Lisa and Stacey. Later they moved to their farm in Cushing. Pat was raised as a town girl and often told of stories of their early days on the farm.

In her younger years Pat was a choir director at St. John Lutheran Church in Cushing. Music was a big part of her life, as she had a wonderful voice and shared it with many. Herb and Pat enjoyed belonging to a neighborhood card club in Cushing and going to dances with their friends. She was a member of the Elks. Her Mary Kay Cosmetic business kept her busy, while allowing her to do what she loved best, dressing up, wearing her make-up and dangling earrings, and socializing with people. Pat enjoyed many years with her grandkids. Herb and Pat enjoyed spending many winters in Texas. There, they spent time dancing at Pepe's, with friends and volunteering at local schools. They enjoyed retirement in Storm Lake, boating on the lake and relaxing at their home.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughters: Lori Droegmiller of Storm Lake; Lisa and her husband Steve Hathaway of Kingsley; Stacey and her husband Roger Tiefenthaler of Early; her grandchildren: Adam and wife, Janelle Droegmiller; Abby Droegmiller; Christina Macklem; Nicholas and wife, Kari Morgan; Adam and wife, Stephanie Tiefenthaler; Sarah, Laura, Michael, David and Anna Tiefenthaler; 9 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; infant brother, Duane; aunt, Deloris Paulson; and her grandparents.