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Uta Rasmussen

Funeral services for Uta Gisela Lotte Rasmussen will be held at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, MI on Thursday, May 16 at 6 pm with visitation one hour before. Pastor Archie Roberts will officiate and burial will be in Central Baptist Cemetery.

Born Feb. 17, 1943 in German occupied Metz, France, she was the eldest of three children born to Liesel (Rech) and Wilfried Wohlgemuth. She grew up as a tomboy always bringing home half drowned cats and abandoned puppies, begging her mother to keep them which she did. She never fit in to the German ideal of Kinder Kirche und Kiiche (children, church, and kitchen) failing in knitting, sewing, and cooking classes. She wanted to join the circus and be a lion tamer and Lion-taming schools did not accept girls so she decided to train horses and in exchange for mucking out stalls and the owner of the local Equestrian school let her train there at a reduced rate. She was almost finished with her training when the owner of the school died and her heirs sold the school, ending her time there.

At a festival in her small village of Osthofen, she met a young American Air Force Sergeant whom she married, giving birth to her first daughter, Juliet in Landstiihl, Germany. She moved to the US with her husband in 1963, she learned English from American comic books, never losing her German accent. She learned to drive a 57 Chevy in the New Mexico desert. Her first son, Jim, was born there.

Her husband moved the family to Michigan where she had grown up. They lived in Lansing with his mother and father, where her second daughter, Brigitta was born. The family moved to Stephenson in the late 1960's. There she put down roots and had two more sons, Shauwn and Gary. And in this rural town she learned to sew, knit, garden and preserve food. When her German mother came to the U.S. for her eldest grandchild's graduation, she couldn't believe her daughter had sewn the curtains hanging in her dining room.

She worked in nursing homes, did private home health care, dairy farming and was presently employed at Schlaud's adult assisted living home. She was primarily known for her long running business “The Wreath Factory”. Her family and friends loved her and will miss her.

Survivors include her children, Juliet Higgins of Seattle, WA, James Higgins of Nashville, TN, Brigitta Higgins of Mt. Prospect, IL, Shauwn LaLonde of Marinette and Gary Rasmussen of Stephenson, MI; four grandchildren; a sister, Heike Guaoagnoli of Osthofen, Germany; a brother, Wolfram Wohlgemuth of Osthofen, Germany; nephews; brother in law, Frederich Guadagnoli of Aurora, CO.


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