Mary Jane Rasmus, 95, of Urbana, died Wednesday surrounded by children and grandchildren. Mary Jane was born in Harding County, South Dakota, to Knute J. and Sophie Tufte. She grew up on the family homestead near Buffalo, SD, graduated from Buffalo High School and continued her education at Black Hills State Teachers College in Rapid City, SD. She married Albert Rasmus August 13, 1947 and he preceded her in death. They reared four children, Ripley, (Elizabeth), Pastor Robert (Ann), Joan (Edmund Portnoy), and Roy. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Megan, Adam, Zachary, Greta, Rho, Esha and Sophie, and four great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Alexis, Sophie and Dylan.
A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 S. Philo Rd., Urbana at 11:00 a.m., on Monday November 4, 2019. Rev. Bob Rasmus will officiate. Memorial gifts may be given to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.
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