GARNER - Arlene B. Rasmus, 89, of Garner died Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 P.M., Saturday, December 7th at Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church in Garner with Rev. Brian Lund officiating. Burial will be in Concord Township Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner with an American Legion Auxiliary service at 5 P.M. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be made to the family and will be distributed to Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church and Hospice of North Iowa. Arlene's family would like to thank both Concord Care Center and Hospice of North Iowa for their devoted care.
Arlene Bertha Rasmus, the daughter of Fred and Ester (Priebe) Schmidt, was born June 22, 1924 on the family farm southwest of Klemme. She was baptized on September 14, 1924 at Immanuel Reformed Church and confirmed on April 15, 1938. Arlene graduated from Klemme High School in 1942. After graduating from high school, she remained on the farm. During WWII, Arlene met Irwin Dean Rasmus on a blind date. Dean was home on furlough in October 1941 prior to shipping for the European Theater. After his honorable discharge on August 2, 1945, Dean hastily returned home, quickly seeing his family and then off to see his future bride. They were married at Immanuel Reformed Church in Klemme on December 5, 1945. Dean and Arlene made their home in Garner where they raised their children, Judith, Ken and Glenn. Arlene worked at Winnebago Industries for approximately 22 years until her retirement. During her retirement she enjoyed spending time with Dean, crocheting and knitting items for Christmas gifts.
She was a member of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Arlene is survived by her daughter, Judith (Richard) Schroeder of Flint, MI; son, Glenn (Mary) Rasmus of Klemme; grandchildren, John (Kendra) Rasmus and their son, Elliot, Kate Rasmus, Shad Rasmus, Angie (Matt) Greiman and their three children, Grace, Shelby and Jacob, Ryan (Kate) Rasmus and their son, Dylan and Marcus (Kaitlin) Rasmus and their son, Brody; a brother, Marvin (Ramona) Schmidt of Ventura; a sister, Irene Barkema, of Klemme; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dean; son, Ken; sister-in-law, Lois Schmidt; and brother-in-law, Mervin Barkema.
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