Marius Rasmussen

Marius Rasmussen, 60, a farmer of the Dannebrog community and a resident of Howard County for more than a half century, died this morning in the home of his cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Kud Kundsen, 920 West Third Street.  He had been in ill health for the last four months and had come to Grand Island to receive medical care.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon in Messiah Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Martin Schroeder will conduct the services.  Burial will be in the North Logan Cemetery, near St. Paul.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 o'clock Friday evening at the Livinston - Sondermann Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Memorial Wreath of Messiah Lutheran Church.

Mr. Rasmussen was born in Fremont April 30, 1897.  When he was six years old the family moved to Howard County and settled on a farm near to St. Paul.

He and Miss Emma Eline Sonderup were married at ST. Paul March 10, 1932.  mr. and Mrs. Rasmussen farmed near St. Paul until1939, when they moved to their farm three miles west of Dannebrog.  They had farmed in the vicinity of Dannebrog, with the exception of a two year period during which they lived in Grand Island, since that time.

Mr. Rasmussen was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church of this city.

He is survived by his wife; five daughters, Mrs. Virgil Stonestreet and Mrs. Robert Gans, both of Cairo, mrs. Galyn Baker, Lincoln, Mrs. Paul Selden, Grand Island and Loretta Rasmussen, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Einer Rasmussen, St. Paul and Mrs. Frank Kolar of Cushing; and four grand-daughters.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Annetta, and his parents, mr. and Mrs. Iver Rasmussen.

Emma Sonderup Rasmussen

Emma Rasmussen

Funeral Services were held 10:30  A.M., Thursday, October 12, 1995 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg.  Interment was held at the North Logan Cemetery in St. Paul, Nebraska.

Emma Eline Rasmussen, the daughter of Wilhelm and Else (Knudsen) Sonderup, was born in a dugout in Greeley County,  Nebraska, on February 27, 1900, and died at Grand Island, Nebraska, on October 9, 1995, at the age of 95 years, 7 months, and 12 days. Later the family moved to as sod  house in Howard County, Nebraska. She received her education at District # 56
grade school, and attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska in 1919, and 1920,
majoring in music. She played the church organ and gave music lessons. She went with her parents to Denmark for 3 months, when she was 13 years old. She was employed in Fremont, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. In 1924, when her sister-in-law Gertie passed away, she moved in with her brother Henry and his four daughters, Gladys, Agnetha, Lois and Rhoda and cared for them for 8 years.

On March 10, 1932, she was united in marriage to Marius Rasmussen. They lived most of their married life in Howard County in the St. Paul and Dannebrog communities, and from 1952 to 1953, the lived in Grand Island. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1957. Following her husband’s death, she lived in Cairo for 19 years, where she baby sat for many children in the community. She made her home with her daughter Elsie and her husband Virgil near Aurora for 13 years. She has resided in a Grand Island nursing home for the past 6 years.

Emma was a seamstress, loved to cook and bake, especially all the Danish goodies, and loved to garden and can. She crocheted more than 100 afghans, which she gave to family and friends. She was an avid soap opera fan and read the newspaper each day from back to front. She was baptized in the Lutheran
faith as an infant and was confirmed on May 17, 1913, in the Danish language in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at North Logan. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Kronborg, Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter Annetta Emma, who was a twin to Rosetta, 3 brothers, Henry, Chris and Michael Sonderup; 2 sisters, Marie Petersen and Esther Enevoldsen, and 2 brothers who died in infancy.

Those who remain to cherish her memory are her 5 daughters, Elsie Marie Stonestreet and her husband Virgil of Aurora, Eline Darlen Gans and her husband Robert of Dannebrog, Rosetta Emma Scranton of Grand Island, Marilyn Alda Rae Selden and her husband Paul of Broomfield, Colorado, and Loretta Pearl von Kampen and her husband Ted of Scottsbluff; 17 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.