Anna B. Rasmussen

Anna B. Rasmussen, formerly of Fond du Lac, died at the age of 73 on Friday, April 4, 2008 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on April 11 at Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Church, 40 E. Division St., in Fond du Lac.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Mach Funeral Chapel, 31 East Division St., in Fond du Lac. Visitation will also be held on Friday, April 11, at Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Church, from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Entombment will follow the service in Ledgeview Memorial Park.

Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory in Fond du Lac is serving the family.

Anna was born on Jan. 9, 1935, in the town of Lake in Price County, daughter of the late George W. and Anna (nee Borowski) Maske.

Anna moved to Park Falls as a child and remained there until her marriage to Walter J. Rasmussen on April 12, 1953 in Bessemer, Upper Mich.

They lived in Cedarburg for 14 years, and in 1968 moved to Fond du Lac.

Ann was a member of Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac.

Ann worked in the distribution center at Mercury Marine. She retired from the center in 1997, after 21 years of service.

Since the early 1970s, she was also co-owner and operator of Rasmussen Repair, a snowmobile parts and repair shop.

Ann was an avid snowmobiler. She also enjoyed restoring and showing antique snowmobiles with her husband of 53 years.

She was a member the Antique Snowmobile Club of America and served as vice president and then as the only female president of the club.

She was also a member of the Antique Classic Snowmobile Club of Canada, Vintage Snowmobile of USA and Canada, Elcho Sno-Devils Snowmobile Club in Antigo, the Fond du Lac Snow Flyers Snowmobile Club and the Fond du Lac ATV Club and Family Motor Coach Association.

A pioneer in the sport, Ann was a founding member of the Ruff Riders Snowmobile Club of Fond du Lac in 1970 and served as a club officer for many years.

She served as a snowmobile and ATV safety instructor, and lobbied for snowmobile legislation in Madison to promote the sport.

Ann was very talented with knitting, crocheting, sewing and many other handicrafts. She also enjoyed gardening, playing games, boating, camping, hunting and laughing.

She especially enjoyed traveling and together with her husband. She traveled to 15 foreign countries and all 50 states.

Ann is survived by her daughters Wauline Rasmussen of North Fond du Lac, LeeAnn Land of Phoenix, Ariz., Deborah (Melvin "Shep") Shepherd of Greenville, Fla., Lori (Lee) Kavage of Fond du Lac; grandchildren Angela Kawleski of North Fond du Lac, Shannon (Paul) White of Okinawa, Japan, Sean Land of Phoenix, Ariz., and Logan, Shane and Tyler Kavage, all of Fond du Lac; her brother Robert (Audrey) Maske of Howards Grove; her brother-in-law John Rominske of Butternut; and her sister-in-law Rea Maske of Salem, Ore.

She is further survived by her husbandís two sisters Esther (Normand) Croteau of El Cajon, Calif. and Louise (Frank) Olszewski of Withee; and his brothers Franklin (Ursala) Rasmussen of West Bend and Douglas Rasmussen of Phillips; as well as nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband Wally on Sept. 24, 2006; her grandson Russell "Rusty" Kawleski; her sisters Margaret Andrus, Amanda Ball and Ida Rominske; and her brothers Eldred and George Maske.

Ann experienced much joy in her lifetime and provided much joy to all who surrounded her. She will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimerís Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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